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Old 12-16-2006, 10:48 PM   #1
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Hi All:

I have a home kit for my Stiletto 100, which works great at home, but when I bring it to the office, it doesn't work at all. My office had large windows, with absolutely no blockage. They face the northwest, which is supposedly ideal for the northeast. Is there certain type of glass that'll effect the ability of the signal to pass? The window sill are aluminum. Does that make a differece?

Unfortunately, the windows do not open, so I can not put the antenna out the window.

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It's possible for windows to block the signal.

Plain glass isn't a barrier, but some energy efficent windows (low-E) have a thin coating of metal that can degrade the satellite signal.
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Glass does attenuate the signal some. Unless you are in a marginal situation, usually that attenuation isn't enough to make a difference in receiving the sat signal. In a marginal situation, it would make a difference.

Are you trying to use the same antenna at work that you are using at home?
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I tried the antenna in both places. It works at home, perfectly. In fact, I have it in my basement window where my home office is, the window is damaged where you can't see out of it, and I get 3 bars on the radio. Office... clear, wide open sky, but nothing.

I'd be willing to bet that they're energy efficient windows, AND, double glass.

Is there something else that would work other than wi-fi? I can't get an antenna to the outside.
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Yes, different types of glass can present more or less attenuation. Here's a great reference article. While it's deep into the theory, there is an excellent chart toward the bottom which notes the varying attenuation for common building products. It also happens to be a great reference because it discusses 2.4GHz WiFi, and is applicable to sat radio as well:
http://www.genisysnetworks.com/lesson-8.htm

In terms of other options that may be possible for you I can't think of much else except the internet streams.
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I have double-pane coated UV-blocking glass (the greenish tinted kind). It attenuates the signal somewhat more than our old windows did but not as much as a metal insect screen does.
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