Disappointed with antennae

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by -Kai-, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. -Kai-

    -Kai- LI Guru Member

    i recently bought a pair of linksys high gain antennae (the 7dbi ones) and a linksys AS2TNC antennae stand. my wrt54g v4 running thibor 15c (xmit power set at 100%, 84mw) is placed in a cabinet, with a frosted glass panel directly in front of the face of the router. just in case you're wondering, i am hesistant to place the router somewhere else because i would like the electronics to be inside the cabinet for a simple and cleaner look. hence i connected the antenna stand, routed the 6 feet long wire through the back of the cabinet and placed the stand on the top of the cabinet. finally, i screwed on the high gain antennae and went to monitor my desktop 4metres away with 2 concrete walls in between this distance. i was shocked. before, with the default linksys antenna IN the cabinet, the signal was at 2 bars with the ocassional 3 bars. speeds were at 36, 48, and 54 - never less. however, with the current setup, the signal is constantly at 1 bar, with speeds at 1, 2, 5.5, 11, 12. i just spent money to decrease my wireless signal? man i feel so cheated and stupid right now. on the linksys website for the stand it says the 6 feet long cable would cause some signal loss, but optimal placement of of the stand would yield a net gain in wireless signal. i thought that statement was kinda reasonable and therefore bought it. also, i noticed that when the frosted glass panel is open, the signal is excellent. i can't even comprehend why because the antennas aren't even in the cabinet in the first place! it's as if the wireless radio is broadcasting signals not through the antennas but from the router itself! can anybody explain this?
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