Looking for ways to increase my wifi range, maybe with a directional antenna

I need to make make my wifi, set up on the ground floor, reach the basement. One of the options is getting a wifi repeater, another to get a wifi booster. I tried wifi repeater before and it worked for me for somewhile. But since my router (Netgear WGR 614 v6) does not support WDS , it stopped working after I tweaked a few things. So now I don’t want to spend more money and try out some cheaper way.

One inexpensive option is to use a directional antenna, like cantenna or a parabolic reflector.But maybe a directional wouldn’t work for me as I am going to have a hard time finding a vent, from where to direct it to my router.

But I am still hoping it works out for me and I’ll keep you all posted

3 thoughts on “Looking for ways to increase my wifi range, maybe with a directional antenna”

  1. Cantennas work well, as do conical antennas, which can be mated to the cantenna for more gain. You do need a usb wifi antenna to use the cantenna (so the antenna is in the signal focus). Have you tried changing the orientation of the antenna on the router, or the receiving computer? A stick antenna has a donut shaped directionality, so being off-axis dramatically reduces your signal. Good luck!

    1. Hi Rene,
      I was looking for an inexpensive option at that time, a repeater would be a better option and I will give it a try at some point.

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