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Good antenna for WRT54G

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by jwoo, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. jwoo

    jwoo Network Guru Member

    I've got a WRT54G v3 sitting in my basement (home run from cable drop), but my office is in my attic (3 floors up!) I can get a connection up there, but by the time the connection gets up there, the signal drops significantly and varies between 15% and 35%. I am currently using a WET54GS5 to get the LAN connection to my servers, but that connection, too is weak! I'm thinking about running an RJ45 cable to the attic, but would like to entertain this idea first.

    Can someone recommend a good antenna to carry the signal a little better? TIA

    jwoo
     
  2. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

  3. jwoo

    jwoo Network Guru Member

    Thx for the reply! Would it make sense to get this set for both WRT54G AND WET54GS5? Or should one for the WRT54G be sufficient?
     
  4. anotherlab

    anotherlab Network Guru Member

    I would start out with both antenna's on the router. That way you can try using one antenna as the TX antenna and the other as the RX.
     
  5. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    1. Lay antenna on it's SIDE. The strongest signal goes out the sides of an omni antenna. For a ranch-house you would point antennas straight up, for your needs, lay them flat.

    2. Another very simple addition, make reflectors!

    Lets your router "hear" better in the desired direction too, not just "shout" louder. Good all around. See http://www.freeantennas.com/ for directions on how to make them. I favor this one as it is the simplest to make: http://www.freeantennas.com/projects/Ez-10/
     
  6. jwoo

    jwoo Network Guru Member

    I was speaking about this to a friend and they suggested I get a WAP54G rather than the antennaes for the WRT54G. He suggested I place the WAP54G on the 2nd floor or between the 1st and 2nd floor and that will help the signal?

    Is this true? I thought that the WAP would just add another hop in the signal, thus slowing things down, which was why I was leaning towards the antennaes.
     
  7. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    High-gain antenna are always better.

    Look, it's really simple, you can spend a little time with some aluminum foil and cardboard and make some good reflectors. Or you could waste a bunch of money on more hardware. You choose.
     

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