It’s been a while since I’ve run numbers on WiFi strength.
Short version, it’s all about the Decibel, or dB.
if you’re getting poor signal strength, especially if it’s cutting in and out, you’re probably down around -90dBm. To get a solid, reliable signal, you want to be above -70. So ideally, you want to get 20dB of gain. As I said previously, the only way to get that much gain is with a larger antenna. Flat antennas are not capable of getting that much gain.
A flat antenna is also known as a patch antenna, and that gives you around 6-9dB of gain, so it would increase a -90dBm signal up to maybe -84 to -81dBm. That would give you some more reliability, but not the best performance.
It helps. Every time you go through a wall, you’re throwing away several dB, and the higher the intersection angle, the more you’re throwing away. Glass is mostly transparent to RF, so placing it in a window will give you the best results.
You connect the Ethernet port on the wireless bridge to the WAN port on your router.
You have to install it so it points to the access point. If that’s in the front, that’s where the antenna needs to go.
Well, if that’s a service provided in your rent, it’s their job to make sure the service is reliable. At present, it doesn’t sound like they’re doing that, so you really should start by calling them and asking if they can help. They may be willing to install another access point or repeater nearer your unit. Like I said in my first reply, if you’re getting a bad signal, so are other people near you.