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Windows 7: Hi-Gain Wireless antenna recommendation?

19 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 
Hi-Gain Wireless antenna recommendation?

Hey everyone, as some of you know I've been having WIFI issues so I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a 'hi-gain wireless antenna' thats relatively cheap, but will work.

I'm currently looking at this one; Newegg.com - HAWKING HWU8DD IEEE 802.11b/g USB 2.0 Hi-Gain Wireless-G Dish Adapter Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128-bit WEP Data Encryption WPA, WPA2 - Wireless Adapters


So any suggestions will be appreciated.

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19 Aug 2009   #2

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How long distance you have to cover? I use a Belkin N1 Vision router as told here, and together with Belkins USB WiFi adapter I get signal and can use my home network in a local pub about 200 metres ( 1/8th of a mile) away. I recommend.

About Newegg, did you read this user comment:
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Most current drivers have made it impossible to use under Vista Home Basic. Even opening the network connection panel causes a driver error BSOD. The latest drivers from the company are from October of 2008 so there isn't any support for it now.
If problems occur already with Vista, how is it going to work with 7?

Kari
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19 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
How long distance you have to cover? I use a Belkin N1 Vision router as told here, and together with Belkins USB WiFi adapter I get signal and can use my home network in a local pub about 200 metres ( 1/8th of a mile) away. I recommend.

About Newegg, did you read this user comment:

If problems occur already with Vista, how is it going to work with 7?
Oh I read the comments on another site but it was a site I never used before so I just linked it to newegg, so I didn't see that comment. :S

Uhm.. the internet signal i am attempting to connect off of is within 1,000' but there are some trailers in between me and that signal, all of which have aluminum siding =P
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19 Aug 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Okay I'm not sure exactly on how far away, but the lot sizes for each trailer is 100'x100'
Attachment 24189 if that helps any =P

Right now I get 1 bar signals that use to be fine, but lately cut out a lot.
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19 Aug 2009   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkNovaGundam View Post
Okay I'm not sure exactly on how far away, but the lot sizes for each trailer is 100'x100'
Attachment 24189 if that helps any =P

Right now I get 1 bar signals that use to be fine, but lately cut out a lot.
If one trailer lot is 100 feet, about 30 meters, you have about 500 feet or 150 meters.

If the router were a N1, and you had a N USB adapter, I'm sure you'd get max signal. Almost any N1 router could manage it; according your image it's mostly open space between the signal source and your place.

Maybe using a N or N1 router as a repeater at your end? If you already get the signal at one bar, the router there must (IMO) be at least G+ MIMO or N/N1.

Don't know, difficult situation. Hope you find something.

Kari

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19 Aug 2009   #6

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The router is a WRT54GS
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19 Aug 2009   #7

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That's a G, not even G+ MIMO. When you already find the signal, even not so strong, it tells there are almost ideal conditions. I'm almost sure you could manage with the USB N WiFi adapter I told earlier.

Or this solution:

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(WRT54G version 2.0 with upgraded antennas)

Kari


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19 Aug 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Any particular suggestions? (links) I bought a USB Wireless N and it got a slightly worse signal lol.
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19 Aug 2009   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkNovaGundam View Post
Any particular suggestions? (links) I bought a USB Wireless N and it got a slightly worse signal lol.
I am a little surprised. Don't know what to say. If only the last letter in your routers name were X instead of S; WRT54GX is a G +MIMO.

I am sure you know this, but here's the difference:

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EDIT: This comes with about 6 feet cable, so you could try to find the right place.


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20 Aug 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Such pretty pictures. Sorry for the delayed response, I was.. err pre-occupied with a friend of mine. Moving on

That USB adapter is sexy beyond belief. Lol $80 though would it be worth it?

Also isn't the signal strength based on the router.
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