Will new antennas improve range/stability? (WRT54GL + Tomato)

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by yocal, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. yocal

    yocal LI Guru Member


    I have a Linksys WRT54GL, and patched it to the latest Tomato firmware. I have a few questions regarding boosting the transmission power on the router, and the range you might gain when using some other antennas.

    In september im moving to my new house that has a pretty big (read: huge) garden, and from my earlier experiences, Linksys' standard firmware wouldnt be able to cover it all. Therefore i upgraded to Tomato, and oh my! Turning up the transmission power is just a worlds difference.

    But several questions raises.

    - Does it decrease stability?
    - Or lifetime of the router itself?
    - Would I gain (even) more stability/range using a pair of HGA7T antennas?

    I wonder, because it seems odd to me that they lock the transmission power to 42, when you with the newest tomato can fire it up to 251?

    Hope someone will take their time to answer these questions :)

    // Yoc.
  2. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    I have a pair of those antennae, definitely increases sensitivity, so I have then turned down the WRT55GS transmit power. Improving the aerials should have a much better effect than upping the the transmit power because it improves reception - and there's no point in the router shouting louder if your laptop can't reply! Directional aerials get better gain in defined directions, but again you really need a pair to get the replies.

    By the way laptops in gardens are over-rated, really difficult to see screen in bright sunlight, batteries never last as long as you want...
  3. yocal

    yocal LI Guru Member

    Not at all! I use it pretty often at the moment, when the weather permits :) I love to sit under a large tree with my laptop and code, listen to music - true about batteries - but several batteries for your laptops makes you survive ;-)

    // Yoc.
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