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External Antenna Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by PGalati, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. PGalati

    PGalati Network Guru Member

    I have a WRT54G running v1.28.7632 from Toastman. I would like to possibly increase the range of the wireless signal without necessarily increasing the TX power. Would investing in replacement external antennas make any noticeable difference. I see the 9dbi rods on ebay are relatively inexpensive but are the worth it. I am looking for omni coverage.

    Thanks for your suggestions.
  2. mvsgeek

    mvsgeek Addicted to LI Member

    I have a shelf full of 9dbi rods, dishes, and other assorted ebay junk on which I've frittered away moolah which would have been better spent elsewhere. None of them provided any significant increase in signal strength over the standard WRT54G/GL rubber duckies. Since reading Toastman's detailed thread on this subject, I've standardized on TX power of 60 everywhere, and am happy with the results.
  3. mito

    mito LI Guru Member

    Hi guys,
    unfortunatelly i have to disagree with mvsgeek, i had made hundreds of testing with 54gl, tested several firms and antennas, time ago tested the original Linksys 7dBi antennas on it (still use them on a 54gs v7), also tested some 9dBi antennas and these ones were the best i found for 54gl (and also for my asus avatar pick), i have 54gl loaded with Tomato Raf with TX at 125 but lowered the Mgz to it minimum not to fry it, and those antennas get the best advantage of the high power used. Don't imagine you are going to have a 500 bucks router, just a 6 to 8% more range, that for me is very useful.

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