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Antenna questions

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Stefano, Jul 29, 2004.

  1. Stefano

    Stefano Network Guru Member

    The foil over cardboard parabolic antennas (e.g., http://www.freeantennas.com/) look really interesting given the price point. Does anyone know if adding one to each antenna of a Linksys router (WRT54G), pointed in different directions (different use areas about 90 degrees apart), would work?
  2. jdepew

    jdepew Administrator Staff Member Member

    If you're speaking of the These Ducks Quack antennas that were popular on DSLr, yes, they are extremely effective from the feedback and testing many users did. Now, keep in mind that doing so will give you more of a directional nature to the antenna. But that is fine if you've got the AP/router setup in a corner of the location like I do.

    In short, yes, you can add one to each antenna and set them at 90° offsets, but you'll essentially be limiting yourself to a 180° field, which again may be perfect for you. Give it a try, let us know how it works!
  3. Stefano

    Stefano Network Guru Member

    I built one of the "X12" design parabolic reflectors from www.freeantennas.com, and aimed it at my office (four wire lath and heavylaster walls away, and signal strength there went from 50% to 81%, while in the south part of the house (the area 90 degrees off the router-office axis) evidently the un-reflectorized dipole is doing OK, since I get "very good" to "excellent" signals there (the walls in that direction are almost all modern sheetrock, no wire lath). I haven't tried out in the garage yet (southeast of the router), but if I need to I'll add another reflector on the left hand dipole and aim it that way. Considering the material cost and construction time (next to zip and under an hour) those little reflectors are a great deal.

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