Extending my WMP54G wireless range with a special antenna...

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by kezug, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. kezug

    kezug Network Guru Member

    Ok, check this out. My WMP54G wireless PC card works just fine (I tested this out by having it in a better location than where it needs to be). However, when I place my PC with WMP54G card in its final location, I cant get a signal. The location is bad, I know that. BUT, I got to thinking. Since I can unscrew the antenna and put on a bigger or replacement antenna, I started to wonder if there was a antenna cable that could be attached to the card, then the antenna cable ran to an ideal location, then attach to the antenna and mount it. Like near a window or near the ceiling.

    Does such a product exist.
  2. Deranged_1

    Deranged_1 Network Guru Member

  3. kezug

    kezug Network Guru Member

  4. kezug

    kezug Network Guru Member

    Furthermore, again, these devices all work fine, but its the location of WMP54G computer that cant connect to Wireless Router WRT54GS.

    So, with that said, do I need to boost the wireless signal from the WRT54GS or do I add something to extend the range of my antenna on my WMP54G PC card?
    Keep in mind, the WMP54G card is showing my network at 60% but it just cant connect to my Wireless Router.
  5. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    The BEST thing you can do is high-gain directional antenna. These are quite common on any computer store shelf. Any place I go has a selection of 6 dBi or better panel antenna. I like the Hawking Tech 15 dBi corner reflector a lot. Or you can make your own reflector for an existing "ducky" using the directions at http://www.freeantennas.com/

    There's no need to navel-gaze excessively over this decision. Just try one, if you have bought something and it doesn't work out return it. If you made a reflector then recycle the components.
  6. kezug

    kezug Network Guru Member

    The one thing that I dont understand is why isnt there a "cable" that you can plug one end into the back of your PC Card and on the other end, plug your existing antena from the PC Card. Then place the Antenna end in a more ideal location. By cable I am refering to something as simple as Coax.
  7. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    kezug, of course there are cables. How do you think that the other antenna connect? It's a thin coax cable. Both the antenna I linked and several others in this thread use a short cable with an RP-SMA connector for the card.

    You do not want to go long distance with thin cable. More than 5 feet you need very thick cable, otherwise you lose more in cable than you gain in antenna.
  8. kezug

    kezug Network Guru Member

    I am sorry, but can you provide more information here? Is this cable the same Coax cable used for Cable tv?

    What is an RP-SMA connector? (is this just the connector that will fit onto the PC Card? (isnt this the same as a coax connector?)
  9. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Do not use a tv coax cable, you will get an impedance mismatch and lose signal, Get a directional antenna from Hawkings such as the HAI6SDP / HAI6SDA Indoor Directional Antenna or the D-Link DWL-M60AT 2.4GHz Directional Indoor Antenna thye both have a RP-SMA connector, that will fit the connection on your WMP54G.
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