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Topic # 31124 5-Mar-2009 17:07 Send private message

Im looking to increase the wifi range of my laptop, I found this link

http://compnetworking.about.com/od/wirelessfaqs/f/wifilaptoprange.htm

But where do i buy these products from??
Any ideas??

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  Reply # 204694 1-Apr-2009 14:39 Send private message

I extended the range of my friend's Asus PCI card (with external antenna) by adding a fry pan lid as a microwave parabolic reflector to that antenna.
You may try an external wireless USB adaptor on an USB extention cable  instead of antenna and add a mesh or a lid...like this one http://www.usbwifi.orconhosting.net.nz/

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  Reply # 204741 1-Apr-2009 16:30 Send private message

alig: I extended the range of my friend's Asus PCI card (with external antenna) by adding a fry pan lid as a microwave parabolic reflector to that antenna.
You may try an external wireless USB adaptor on an USB extention cable  instead of antenna and add a mesh or a lid...like this one http://www.usbwifi.orconhosting.net.nz/


Yes but you need to be careful, I have heard bad things about using the Zip lids as they can clash with the Breville mark 2 lid. The SunBeam seems to be most directional (probably due to the Beam in the name) and the Black and Decker toaster can be used as a great RF shield if you put a Tefal pot lid over the top of the slots.

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  Reply # 204755 1-Apr-2009 17:28 Send private message

Yeah...Black and Decker has the best support ever.. Just downloaded their latest firmware for the toaster. Works like a charm


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  Reply # 208845 23-Apr-2009 17:58 Send private message

Surprisingly the above posters are correct for most of what they said - except the toaster doesnt use downloadable firmware

A more practical way would be to use a pcmcia card with an external antenna. Dick smith can help with these. An even easier way is to check your access point / base and see if the antenna is detachable. If it is then you can get a bigger antenna for the base / ap rather than an external antenna attached to the laptop.  




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  Reply # 208904 23-Apr-2009 23:49 Send private message

raytaylor:
A more practical way would be to use a pcmcia card with an external antenna. Dick smith can help with these. An even easier way is to check your access point / base and see if the antenna is detachable. If it is then you can get a bigger antenna for the base / ap rather than an external antenna attached to the laptop.  


My friend's Asus wireless adaptor had an external antenna. It was almost useless until I placed this antenna into a fry-pan lid and pointed it to the direction of the access point (I wasn't joking). Basic microwave reflector.
So I guess the best way would be using a wireless usb network card on a usb extension cable with some sort of reflector (anything metallic and parabolic).

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