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Increasing wireless coverage with antenna

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by ColinWO, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. ColinWO

    ColinWO Network Guru Member

  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    what version of WRT54GS do you have?
     
  3. ColinWO

    ColinWO Network Guru Member

    I have version 1.1. I'm not looking into screwing around with any non-Linksys firmware though. I really don't feel like buying a new router if something goes bad :)
     
  4. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Have a little faith, and i have yet to look at those antenna links but i bet its safe to say that the cost of the antenna is close to if not more the cost of another router is something was to happen.

    As a side note i am a network engineer by trade, i have updated probably close to 1000 devices, granted most are much more expensive commercial grade equipment and have only ever had one device come back bad, and to be honest it was my fault. On the flip side i have upgraded about 40 home consumer products, and have never had any issues with any of the stable 3rd party releases out there. I just picked up a wrtsl54gs about 2 weeks ago and the first thing i did was flash the code with thibor15c. Hope this helps you with the worry as what toxic was getting at is in your case you can most probably fix your issue with a few minutes of your time and no out of pocket exspense.
     
  5. ColinWO

    ColinWO Network Guru Member

    Well I ordered a Linksys HGA7T antenna, which cost me $36 through Amazon. I'll see if that works, if not, I guess I have to try and flash the damn router. :)
     
  6. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Really its not that bad, you download a file and tell the router to load it via the firmware upgrade screen. However please let us know so we benefit as a community if that antenna works very well. I personally have not had much luck with external antennas but i know many that have. Good luck and please let us know.
     
  7. ColinWO

    ColinWO Network Guru Member

    Well the antenna didn't help much. I guess I have to try and do the firmware upgrade even though I don't really wanna do it LOL.
     
  8. ColinWO

    ColinWO Network Guru Member

    BTW since mine is a European version, will the Hyperwrt_GSv3_Thibor15c work fine since it's probably made for the US version?
     
  9. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Thibor15c is made for "any country" version. The country thing is about the number of channels available in the firware, and might also touch on language or other minor things. Thibor gives you all 14 channels - it's your responsibility to stay legal in your country.

    However, the range problems encountered with laptops is usually more the transmit strength of the laptop's adapter. You might therefore also think about a parabolic reflector for your antenna(s), which will (hopefully) improve both transmit and receive signal in a certain direction.

    As for the corridor and wall you mentioned. If signal has to travel through a wall at an angle, the wall seems very thick to the signal. If so, you could perhaps move either the router or the laptop so the signals see "thinner" walls.
     
  10. ColinWO

    ColinWO Network Guru Member

    I'm using the PCMCIA card with Speedbooster as well. Everything is on speedbooster so...

    I'll try the firmware upgrade and see how it goes. I called to get a wireless cable modem today so I can move the router closer to the corridor rather than inside the room for good coverage but I was told by a Linksys tech support that I cannot use a wireless modem with the wireless router. It has to be wired to the router. And I can't have a cable running around in the room after I just re-did it :)
     
  11. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Would you be using a WPC54GS? If so, that's most likely your problem. I have found this card to be much weaker (less range) than other cards such as the WPC55AG and WUSB54GS. Note also that Speedbooster does not work when the signals are weak.

    Whatever card you have, I suggest you beg or borrow another card and test. Maybe if the problem is your card you can exchange it?

    You'll enjoy the increased control and options you have with Thibor15c or other 3rd party firmware, but that won't solve your problem if the card cannot get the signal to the router.
     

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