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WiFi Range 900ft with TP-Link Routers

, By Patcoola

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2018, I was approached by a tourist living in the neighborhood. He will be living in Canada for six months and he couldn’t get Internet service. The cost of Internet services in the Yukon are very high, and as a tourist he was unable to signup for an account. He offered to pay for everything, however, he didn’t want to invest in proper equipment. The challenge was to get a WiFi single over 900ft, appropriately a quarter of a kilometer away. I told him it was a long shot, however, it hasn’t been tried with modern routers. We were successful.

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Typically a house hold router provides 150ft with about 100ft realistically. The tourist told me that my service set identifier (SSID) was visible on his iPad where he was staying. Hearing that was the first hope for success. In the past, people had been able to make a connection with the use of a coffee-can, but the signal was very poor. I told him that it maybe possible with modern routers and it has never been documented this way before. It was exciting to try with TP-Link routers.

I used the TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 wireless router and I knew of a feature called wireless distribution system (WDS). This was my first time using WDS and it was very exciting. We ordered another Archer C9 from Amazon for $100 CDN. When it arrived I setup WDS and used it as a bridge with my bedroom desktop. My desktop received a solid 60MB/s transfer speed between two computers. It was amazing, and was I promised the router before he leaves. Now we needed the coffee-cans, longer the better.

The tourist dropped off two metal coffee bottles from the camping store. That day I cut off the tops of the bottles and cut a whole for the antenna. We were all set. Now it was a matter of pointing the coffee-cans in right direction. Once the coffee-cans were positioned, he was able to receive the maximum Internet speed able (15Mbps). It was unbelievable.

It worked perfectly. Unfortunately I couldn’t do any benchmarks and my Internet service is too slow to be used as a benchmark. Never-the-less the experiment exceeded expectations. The TP-Link routers reached over 900 feet with the use of coffee-cans. Soon after the tourist wasn’t trust worthy, but at-least I didn’t lose anything.

 

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