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ice_73 Posted: Mon, Dec 1 2008 4:24 PM

well i would like to increase my poor/fair signal to something along the lines of excellent. 

i use the wifi antenna that comes with the card, and it only 2dbi, so i know a better antenna would help. but would a different wireless card also help? also do any of you have recomendations of good and cheap antenna's? (preferably on amazon, since i got a gift card, but not a requirment)  

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Dec 1 2008 4:50 PM

I'm interested, but lost.  What technology are we talking?  At what distance?

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ice_73 replied on Mon, Dec 1 2008 5:06 PM

3vi1:

I'm interested, but lost.  What technology are we talking?  At what distance?



wireless g.

distance is around 100 ft id say. problem is it goes through a few walls. moving the router is not an option.  

 

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warlord replied on Mon, Dec 1 2008 6:55 PM

You might just decide to save your money and go the do it yourself route and have a little fun while your at it. You might just find the diffrence staggering. I suggest replacing the soda can for a pringle can. The diffrence being directional as opposed to omnidirectional. So you  can tune in and get a great signal with a lot more distance and if you use the same thing on the router as long as you have a good view with out alot of trees or buildings to absorb the signal you can get extremely good distances even with the cheaper products such as encore. With this i have had wifi access on a dlink wireless g at distances of up to 1,000 yards.

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ice_73 replied on Mon, Dec 1 2008 7:20 PM

warlord:

You might just decide to save your money and go the do it yourself route and have a little fun while your at it. You might just find the diffrence staggering. I suggest replacing the soda can for a pringle can. The diffrence being directional as opposed to omnidirectional. So you  can tune in and get a great signal with a lot more distance and if you use the same thing on the router as long as you have a good view with out alot of trees or buildings to absorb the signal you can get extremely good distances even with the cheaper products such as encore. With this i have had wifi access on a dlink wireless g at distances of up to 1,000 yards.

the line of sight is blocked by many walls and cabinets :-( i was thinking about the diy route but... i dont know anything and even though i can make a prengales antenna, i think i will screw up..... 

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I have a decent aftermarket anntena from radio shack, though I can't find it on their site. Its a belkin I think. Also a wifi repeater would do wonders.

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One of the following Linksys products may be useful, although they're probably expensive (I don't know the prices)

http://tinyurl.com/6l5wfe - Linksys Wireless G Range-Expander

http://tinyurl.com/6pxmsm - Linksys Wireless-G PCI Adapter with RangeBooster

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