How upgrade firmware for connecting a directional antenna

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by gnerd, Apr 7, 2005.

  1. gnerd

    gnerd Network Guru Member

    I have a WRT54GS running firmware version 2.07.1. I would like to connect a directional antenna to improve coverage in my home. An article in the Mar 22 issue of PC Magazine (pg. 76) said to install the Satori firmware upgrade since it provides options for selecting one of the antenna connections for both transmit and receive operations. But the instructions for the Satori software on this website said it is only for upgrading Linksys firmware v1.0. Is there another firmware upgrade I can use that is compatible with v2.07.1?

    Thanks. Need help - gnerd
  2. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    i have a wrt54gV2 and i run satori it works beautifully so look at the firmware again it is a complete firmware replacement not an upgrade

    read on the bottom of your router and look for the version this is crucial to which binary you download.

    it allows for antenna diversity to be disabled (one insead of two)

    it is 200 million times better anyways. yes 200 million
  3. gnerd

    gnerd Network Guru Member

    I looked at the bottom but the only information there is a plate that states the serial number and MAC address. There was nothing that said what version it is. When I go to my routers web address, it says the router is running firmware version v2.07.1. Remember that my router is a WRT54GS (with Speedbooster), not a WRT54G. Will Satori run well on a GS model router? Thanks, gnerd
  4. AbNormal

    AbNormal Network Guru Member

    Antenna selection

    While the "factory" firmware does not provide the option to manually select which antenna to use, it does operate in diversity mode.

    What this means is, that the receiver will determine which antenna is receiving the best signal at the moment, and switch to it. When it comes time to transmit, the switch will remain in the same poistion, and re-use this same antenna.

    In practice, this means you can connect a single directional antenna to either port, and just leave the other port with nothing connected. Ideally, the "open" port should be terminated, or covered with foil to reduce the chance of stray signal pickup. But in any event, the "best" received signal will be the one with the antenna, and the access point will be quite happy.

    Just be aware that if you do leave an antenna port open, and also have a wireless PC in close proximity to the access point yet unable to "see" the antenna, the signal from the PC could enter the open port, and cause confusion for the diversity switch. Just something to be aware of.

    So, depending on what you had in mind in using a directional antenna, using stock firmware might still be the solution.

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