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MAX Transit Power with 7 dbi Antennas

Discussion in 'HyperWRT Firmware' started by rpeters83, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. rpeters83

    rpeters83 Network Guru Member

    Hello, I recently installed the latest hyperwrt firmware on my WRT54G v.2 and am still new to all the high-end technical aspects of signal distortion, etc.

    I also picked up some Linksys 7 dbi antennas to boost my signal after having some random disconnect issues.

    My question is, what is the max mW that i can set on the firmware to obtain an optimal signal with my 7 dbi antennas? thanks!
  2. Casey321

    Casey321 Network Guru Member

    Increasing the power will not necessarily be of any help with your problem. Even though some firmware versions allow you to increase the power it doesn't mean that the higher power will produce a clean signal. The hardware on ther router was designed to operate at a certain power level with the componets operating at an allowable temp. Increasing the power will create more heat and stress on the power amp and could burn it out..

    Anyway, more power is not necessarly the answer.. The receiver on the other end may get a better signal but may not have enough power to reply. Gain antennae, like you have added are better as they will increase both the receive and transmit signals.

    You didn't mention your operating system. If it is Windows XP the problem may not be your router. It could actually be with the windows Zero Config Conection manager. There is all kinds of information about this posted on the net. Disabling this and using the connection manager provided by my card manufacturer has solved my random disconnect problem.. It also gave me the bonus of a better utilities for monitoring my connection, checking for WiFi signals and even logging my connection.

    Casey . . .
  3. rpeters83

    rpeters83 Network Guru Member

    thank you for the reply.

    i have noticed that changing the channel, along with the antennas, has so far NOT dropped any connections. i can also now span 3 floors and still have very good connection.

    so i guess my question now is, should i just set my power back to the default of 50% (42 mW)? it is currently at 53mW. i just want to make sure i have the optimum signal.

    and i will try using my broadcom connection manager. thanks!

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