DarkStar wrote: CWO4Mann wrote:
My Blink was installed today. The WiFi connected no problem at first try. The Blink is on the garage wall facing towards the inside of the house. The house is a long ranch style and it is 90 feet to the Router in the home office. I've placed a directional antenna up on top of a book shelf with the antenna pointing at the Blink. Signal strength is about 10 to 15%.
I'm wondering that if there is an internal WiFi cable, why not use an external antenna connected to that coax cable? Then use another corner reflector hi-gain antenna pointed towards my router.
I notice that the Blink unit has a "seal" on it placed there by the installer, evidently to keep busy fingers out of the unit. I'll fix that tomorrow and see what I can see then report back to the group.
So far, no luck in connecting to the Blink via the Intranet, using either the "http://10.233.1.100
" address printed in the handbook or the actual address as the router established it, 192.168.0.107. I can go to my HP LaserJet printer using it's address and see the printer;s http configuration screen, no problem.
The tag will fit through the hole if you want to take the cover off. You'll find the internal antenna is mounted to the internal frame of the Blink. I ended up using a Netgear WNCE2001
installed inside of my Blink, connected to the ethernet port.
OK, I am going to solve the problem: I checked the Blink unit by using one of my Linux laptops with a WiFi sniffer application and the WiFi signal is only about 12% -- and varies depending upon if my cat is sitting on his perch a few feet away from the unit in direct line of sight (really!). I located the RG45 connector at the bottom of the unit, covered by a rubber weather cap, I am running a 100 foot Cat 5 cable from the unit down the wire raceway in the wall into the office and thence into one of the unused ports on the Router as I have a bunch of Cat 5 cable and connectors hanging around in the Ham Shack.
I connected to the Blink using the laptop and a pigtail Cat 5 cable and all is well there; nice HTML display too. The firmware is evidently an embedded Linux variant, BTW. (Let the hAk©!nG§ begin!).
Also, this weekend I'll experiment with finding the connector for the WiFi antenna (hopefully NOT a printed circuit one) and plug in a corner reflector with a 6 foot sma connector adaptor cable and see what that does in the WiFi mode.
BTW, corner reflectors, flat plate helicals and extension cables for WiFi are all over Newegg dot com which is where we buy stuff.
I've got some photos of the installation yesterday and will post them here Real Soon Now.