01-05-2020, 05:34 PM
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Albuquerque, NM
OS: Windows 10
I did a little bit of walking around my apartment complex. Let me lay it out a bit.
My apartment complex is in the Shape of an L. The long side is the north part of the units, and the short side is the East units going south instead of north. (so a Mirrored L turned 90 degrees counter clockwise.) I am located on the short side of the L towards the corner, but not in the corner unit. I am inside the middle unit.
To the north of me I have a strip mall that is shaped like a U, or a box missing its top that completes itself with the street.
To the south of me is an apartment complex that is on what appears to be raised ground. We have a cinder block wall on the south end of us blocking out the view of our apartments from theirs.
My apartment is lowered to match the grade level of the strip mall to the north of us.
To both the East and West of our apartment complex we have nothing but street without any buildings in either directon for a good 400 feet to the East, and about a good thousand feet to the west.
Upon walking just two steps outside of my apartment door I can see several wifi connections. The Xfinity signal goes from just 2 bars to 4 bars. If I walk down the long part of this L complex I get a stronger signal.
And what I think is happening is the radiation is bouncing off the walls of my complex from the other side of the wall. Which is why I get such a high concentration of the signal. If I walk just 2 steps to the left of my door, which would be just left of the corner in the L shape? I get 7 wifi networks that pop up. The further I walk from my unit the more wifi units pop up. So the radiation is definitely bouncing off the walls.
While WiFi hunting: the three main connections that always seem to pop up are, which I will name; connection 1, 2 and XF for Xfinity. Connection 1's signal is reachable at my desk inside of my apartment. It also stays at a consistent 1 to 2 bars and never dissappears. It never goes higher than 2 bars. This is while I am outside of my door to my apartment following the long part of the L of this complex all the way to its end to the west. Which could mean it is either just north or just south of me. It could be a business router, or residential.
At my window I can get reception from connection 2 and XF. Both of these connections never drop out as I walk all the way west to the end of this long L. XF stays at a consistent 1-3 bars with its strongest reception at the west end of the L, but not past the L. (Remember the L is mirrored and rotated 90 degree's counter clockwise for North South being up and down.)
Connection 2 varies too much between 1 and 3 bars and dropping out a handful of times.
I will have to walk around my complex during the day on one of my days off to confirm which connection seems to be concentrated the best around my unit.
I think the best option for me is to get a ladder and sit atop the roof with my phone to see if I can get a better signal, or buy myself a good 40 foot pole from home depot, set it up just outside my apartment and attach some antennas to it.
The control for my WiFi hunting had my Jet pack, with the antennas placed in the window, facing out the inside corner of the L from my window. Throughout my hunt my WiFi signal to my jetpack never fell below 5 bars. So this may suggest this WiFi signal is probably deep within the apartment complex to the south of me, or coming from one of the businesses behind me.
This is just Day 1 of my WiFi hunting quest. And I am wondering if I should buy one of those WiFi "cones" you see on boats and such and attach that to a pole. I may want to stick with the 8dbi for a wide angle instead of a narrow 38 degree angle in my options.
(This is fun!)
I think what I am going to do next is attempt to send out a signal from my spare router as a means to try and attract people to e-mail me to set up a means of paying for a wifi password. (This will be fun.)