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Old 12-28-2015, 11:12 PM   #1
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Wireless Access Point with VERY Small Range?


Anyone have any recommendations for a wireless access point where I can turn the signal, and ideally the power consumption way down? I just don't need the range and power is an issue in the location.

Basically, imagine a shed/garage where a couple of devices are on the WIFI part and that's it. There is no demand for service outside the shed. I see that dd-wrt has ways to adjust Tx values, but no idea which devices support it.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 12-29-2015, 01:09 AM   #2
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Anyone have any recommendations for a wireless access point where I can turn the signal, and ideally the power consumption way down?
Hi...

Good analogy.

There is at least two other possible options that I've been able to find in my research, apart from the one you mentioned....

1. If you would prefer simply purchasing a router that has DD-WRT preinstalled, here is one option. You would just need to verify that the power and range can be turned down by contacting the seller.

2. A mobile router might be another option, like the one here. The manufacturer's page can be found here. This should definitely help with electrical issues and/or costs since it's powered by a rechargeable battery (or by USB or an AC outlet.) Reference here.

3. Another option from what I understand, is to replace your router's antenna with something like this, although I can't seem to find them anywhere for retail sale.

Let us know what you decide and how it works.

Regards...
 
Old 01-22-2016, 06:24 AM   #3
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Anyone have any recommendations for a wireless access point where I can turn the signal, and ideally the power consumption way down? I just don't need the range and power is an issue in the location.

Basically, imagine a shed/garage where a couple of devices are on the WIFI part and that's it. There is no demand for service outside the shed. I see that dd-wrt has ways to adjust Tx values, but no idea which devices support it.

Thanks in advance.
You could go all out and make your garage a Faraday cage ensuring that no wireless signals inside can get out and nothing outside can get in
 
Old 01-22-2016, 07:27 AM   #4
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you may try openwrt too. To lower the range you need to remove the antenna. http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/faq/faq.wireless
but if you need a few meters only use wire.
 
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The transmitter is not designed to work without an antenna which could lead to burning out the router's WiFi. The length of wire is somewhat critical since it needs to match impedance with the transmitter at the desired frequency.

That said you might be able to get by with a 50 ohm 1/2 watt resister with a short piece of COAX. This will really shorten the range.
 
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I bought a rosewill n150 for $10 and put dd-wrt on it. Can turn it down so far you can't reach it in 3 feet. I know, I did it.
 
  


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