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Signal actually went DOWN?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by crawdaddy, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    My dad and I have been working on a project for a little while to build a big network. We bought an outdoor grade 8db omnidirectional antenna. We used Belden 9907 cable to connect then antenna. We also have a wifi-compatible gas discharge lightning arrestor inline with the antenna. Rather than mount it on the 10 foot mast we are going to strap it on that's on the side of our house, we mounted it to the top of the flag pole we have in our front yard to test it. When we did a drive test to see how far we got, it did no better than the stock linksys antennas on the router in the house. What did we do wrong that CUT our signal? Any help is IMMENSLY appreciated. Best we can figure is to get some better cable, as Belden 9907 cable was used for thinnet networking back in the early 90s. TIA
     
  2. groupdelay

    groupdelay Network Guru Member

    Your cable/surge arrestor has too much loss. Belden 9907 is also really only rated for 1000 MHz. Because of this you will have a also have a greater slope and much much more loss to the cable at the higher frequencies...as well as poor VSWR.
     
  3. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    what would be the reccomended cable that I can get both the RP-TNC and N type connectors for? Thanks for the earlier help btw
     
  4. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    well, I got some good RG-8, and my range got a lot better. Sadly though, the fringe of my range is just short of where I needed to get.I'm going to order a 15db antenna. The link I'm trying to make is NLOS, or worse. :s I'm figuring that with the 15db antenna, and bumping the transmist power up a tad will push it just far enough.

    One more wuestion, how much will WEP cut my range down?
     

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