Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Pepwave Surf Mini for point to point WiFi

In the wireless world not all areas are treated equally and getting WiFi penetration to an adjacent office building used to be a daunting and expensive task. This problem also extends to home users that would like to share a WiFi network with their neighbor or pick up the WiFi signal from a public hotspot like Google WiFi. When you find yourself in these scenarios the Pepwave Surf Mini shines by allowing you to easily connect to the network and repeat a new WiFi network to extend the range.

How exactly does this work?

The Pepwave Surf Mini has a powerful 200mW radio built in, which is substantially higher than the radios built into devices like your iPad, Smartphone or laptop computers. All you need to do is place the Surf Mini in the second building typically near a window and input the wireless password for the network you're trying to connect to. The first time setup only takes a few moments and the settings are stored, so if you ever have to unplug the unit as soon as you plug it back in the Surf Mini connects back to the network.

There are four green signal bars on top of the Surf Mini for a quick visual indicator of how good the source WiFi signal is you're picking up. If you find that you’re not getting a good enough signal you can always move the unit closer to the WiFi source, or add an external WiFi antenna like the Hawking Hi-Gain Corner Antenna or Directional Panel antenna. These antennas can quickly be attached to the Surf Mini and aimed at the WiFi source, or add a Pepwave Surf Mini as each end and create a point to point long distance WiFi connection.

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