Bridge with a remote antenna

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I see a lot of people having problems with the bridge receiving a weak signal from the sensors. Why not build a bridge with a remote antenna. The bridge could be in a safe location and the antenna could be outside at a location able to receive a better signal. Just an idea.
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Ledrak

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Frank Rizzo

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great idea.......... that would solve a lot of issues.    
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John C Gilmour

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The advertised 300 feet is a gross exaggeration in my opinion
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Haef

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Its sort of theoretical: outdoors, line of sight, no obstructions.
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Dave

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I can't get 75ft out of mine. It's pretty said.
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Robert Watson

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While it may be an exaggeration - the bridge is wireless to the sensor, and wired to your network - there's no reason you couldn't put the bridge near a window, and run a Cat5 to your switch/network up to 328feet away....  I have mine mounted to the top of a window well in a basement as close to the sensor as possible, with about 75 ft of cat5 cable to my switch on the other side of the house
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Morris Scenna

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When I received/purchased my 5 in 1 before I mount the unit I opened it up and extended the antenna with a wire 20cms in length just in case the signal wasn't strong enough.
I get full strength signal. Very happy.
Moz
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Instead of fully extending the bridges antenna straight up, tilt it slightly and slowly rotate the bride and check the signal strength. This helped me... It gave me two more bars of signal.
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Hi Ledrak,

Thank you for the feedback, we will be sure to pass this information along to our developers for possible future updates.  Have a great day!
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George D. Nincehelser

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Again, FCC issues.  If the regs were easy to work around, they would have done it years ago.

The external antenna on the HD displays is basically just a wire, same as the antenna on the SmartHUB.
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It is just that easy Sir   Please do read 
FCC Requirements

AcuRite wireless technology complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. These rules state that AcuRite wireless products must not cause harmful interference AND they must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Most cases of wireless interference can be resolved by simply relocating the unit following the tips above. If you experience product performance issues due to wireless interference, you can find additional troubleshooting directions in the AcuRite Knowledge Base.

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George D. Nincehelser

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You've got to be kidding me.   I take it you didn't click on that link?
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Dave

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Hey George
I got me a external antenna for 2.4gHz and put a jack on my hub and ran a short coax I think it was rg174 but now I get 100% receive. I have metal siding on my house plus a metal roof. I can't even get a cell phone to work in here. AT&T sucks around here.
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RDK

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Dave.....Can you provide more information on your "upgrade" process?  Some photos would be nice....RDK
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Haef

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Ledrak, your idea is good but it adds to the expensive of the bridge and makes setup that much more complicated and troubleshooting harder and customers more unhappy...

For your situation, also consider an ethernet-over-powerline adapter.  That way you can easily put the bridge anywhere in the house there is an outlet.
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Brian Freeman

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Ledrak, if you were able to put the antenna outside, you would still have to run a cable from that antenna to the bridge, since the bridge is the receiver.  Also there would be signal loss on this cable as with any cable.  As others have suggested, an easier solution is to position the bridge on the side of your house closest to the sensor near a window and run the cat 5 back to your switch/router.
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M,B.

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You can buy a wireless signal repeater for your 5n1 acu-rite weather station Or you can make one your self for about $5.00 Or less depending on what you might have in your shop! But any ways here is a link to that Product that is on Acu-Rites Website   https://www.acurite.com/wireless-signal-extender-for-acurite-sensors.html
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Yea give them another $29.95 to fix something that screwed up. I also took my station apart and put a outside antenna on it. You can get all the parts from HobbyKing.com and it's less than whay they want for an extender. Plus my stations still aren't reporting to weather underground. I am about ready to send this junk back and ask for my money back for the two hubs. It's been down for about 60 days and I am getting pretty tired of messing with it and acurite.

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