High gain antenna on router or card?

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High gain antenna on router or card?

Postposted on Wed Jun 23, 2010 1:26 pm

So I am going to get an 8-10 dbi antenna and am not sure if it would be better to install it on the router or just the desktop. Any suggestions? Is 8-10 a good gain?

Would a higher gain antenna imrove connection speeds?
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Re: High gain antenna on router or card?

Postposted on Wed Jun 23, 2010 1:51 pm

Before you buy something, try out a parabolic reflector made of cardboard and aluminum foil. Build three or four and put them on all the antennas involved.

http://www.freeantennas.com/projects/template2/
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Re: High gain antenna on router or card?

Postposted on Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:27 pm

Hey thanks, I'm gonna try that out first!
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Re: High gain antenna on router or card?

Postposted on Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:42 pm

Another option, though more expensive, is to use a wireless bridge. The idea is that you use another router, like a Linksys WRT54GL running a 3rd party firmware like Tomato, and have it do the heavy lifting.

Here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... %20wrt54gl

And here:
http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato

Of course this option doesn't make use of 802.11n specs, just 11g. For 11n you might be better off just getting a new router:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6833162031

But that would just be nuts.
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