I'll try to keep it short, but there is a lot to cover.
Where I camp in the summers, there is a lodge and a campground. On the side of the lodge is a Nano (Ubiquiti, I think) broadcaster pointed directly at the campground. It is only maybe 1000' away, but obscured by trees and a small hill. At best I can sometimes get connected if I chant a voodoo phrase and the moon is in a good mood. Most of the time I get "can't connect to this network". So a few years ago (when I was even dumber than I am now) I bought a Netgear WN2000RPTv3. After placing it in multiple sites around the campground, it is spotty to say the least. Most of the time it won't get an IP from the Nano and therefore no internet. But, given the fact that I did find one spot that occasionally sees 12-15dbm, I'm hopeful that I can improve upon that with some righteous hacking.
I pulled the repeater apart and noticed that the antennas on the board are ridiculously pathetic. It looks like soldering on some bulkhead SMA connectors should be super easy. Get something like this: https://www.amazon.com/DANUC-Wireless-Extension-Bulkhead-Repeater/dp/B01KJS6C1I/ref=sr_1_85?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1532291820&sr=1-85
Follow my thinking and correct me where I'm being stupid: If I were to do two bulkhead SMAs in my box and some cable extensions, would the attached drawing work? I have an old satellite dish and I was thinking I could replace the LNB with the second mast and put the dish on a utility pole with a little less obstruction, run the coax inside the shed to the hacked repeater box, then the other 6dbi mast on the outside of the shed for my little piece of the campground and my family who all camps near me.
Will it work?
What type of mast should I put in the dish? Just the second 6dbi omni, or a flat directional antenna?
Should I skip the dish and buy a Yagi?
Or make a biquad?
The second attachment is a photo and shows what I'm up against. I'm standing in front of my trailer on my patio. The blue arrow points to the lodge down over the hill. The red arrow shows the shed at Dad's trailer. The yellow arrow shows the utility pole. I know it's a ton of vegetation, but since I can get some reception, what is the best hi-gain way to pull in signal from the Nano 1000' away from that pole?
Edited by curtong, 22 July 2018 - 05:04 PM.