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    How to boost a WiFi signal?

    Hi all,

    I have a Netgear WG602 v3 Wireless Access Point, which works very well on the whole.
    The problem I have with it is that the signal doesn't travel very far to be useful, and I can't move the AP.

    I've seen that you can buy replacement aerials to boost the signal - is it as simple as that, or do you need to do something more than that ?

    Thanks
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    Depends if the inbuilt aerial is removable, if so it really is as simple as that

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    I just unscrewed the aerial..so I guess its removable! ;-)

    How do I know what to replace it with though? My guess is there are lots of different types of connectors.

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    Depends how handy you are
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    hungry

    I used passive booster aerials bought from maplin (different model but same statistics and it let me have a reliable connection 2 floors away from my AP)


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    Cool! Tempted to give that a go,

    My WAP uses the same connector as the one you link to on Maplin, so I think I'll get that instead...;-)

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    Hey Christt, the one you pointed at from Maplin, what kind of mount does it have? The picture makes it look wall mounted - can it stand on a shelf?

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    They usually use the same arial connectors.

    I seem to have one that looks exactly the same as the one listed above from Maplins, and it works fine. but I don't remember paying £20 for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mutley View Post
    Hey Christt, the one you pointed at from Maplin, what kind of mount does it have? The picture makes it look wall mounted - can it stand on a shelf?
    Mine looks exactly the same. It can stand happily on a shelf, or could be screwed onto a wall if you felt like it. The instructions with it also said the "foot" bit could clip onto the edge of a desk, though due to the way the arial lead coems out this is actually impossible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabula View Post
    They usually use the same arial connectors.

    I seem to have one that looks exactly the same as the one listed above from Maplins, and it works fine. but I don't remember paying £20 for it.
    Yeah, £20 is a bit more than I want to pay.

    Any opinions on this? :
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx?...=97699&doy=2m4

    That would be a direct replacement for the old aerial. Would it work as well as the £20 one?

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    Like I said, the maplin one is a different model from the one I got. Mine was a little clamshell shaped one with a more directional quality - but since it was being used in a desktop it did the job fine.
    the one you've linked to Mutley should be just fine for your router - (be aware that there is a certain amount of directional quality even with these aerials)

    I found tilting the one in the router at 45° and pointing the directional aerial in my desktop at it - made for the best connection.

    i ended up with this setup because the high quality D-link PCI card I was using would not make a connection with the router with its normal aerial. Unless I took off the side of my case
    got to love the voodoo computing

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    you could alternatively get a linksys wrt54g router and upgrade it to ddwrt

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    I've just ordered a 9db whip ("rubber duck") antenna to directly replace the existing one...EBay £9.49 including postage.

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