I have a unique problem. My apartment complex has a small security office where our access control and security camera computers are stored. The computers were not networked in the office.
Getting a dedicated internet connection isn't a budgetary concern, but I'm able to piggyback the wireless connection of the building's live-in caretaker.
To get this going, I've set up an old wireless router as a client bridge. It acts as a client for the caretaker's network, and the two security computers are hard-wired into that router.
Problem is, there's an elevator shaft between me and the AP I want to use, and that double concrete wall is making the signal terribly weak. It works, but intermittently and very, very slowly. Here's a rough sketch of the layout:
The router at the top is in the caretaker's apartment. I can neither move or replace it.
I am able to move the wireless router all along the wall in the office, but at every point I am still going through that elevator shaft.
Options I've considered so far:
- Laying cable to the suite (can't be done for political reasons)
- Getting yet another wireless router to act as a repeater, and install it far enough away that it doesn't hit the elevator shaft going to either router (possible, but on my first inspection it looked like all power outlets were poorly placed)
- Increasing radio strength (I can't increase the gain on the caretaker's router radio - only the client bridge, which doesn't help)
Can anyone think of additional solutions that might work in my situation? Am I even right in thinking that the elevator shaft is the cause of all my problems?