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Improving wireless performance: USB Vs PCMCIA?

Discussion in 'Wireless' started by Lord Deckard, Jun 18, 2006.

  1. Lord Deckard

    Lord Deckard Byte Poster

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    Been playing around trying the get the best wireless performance between my Netgear DG834GT and WG111T.
    I'm not ready for the pain of resiting the router and running a new phone socket and CAT5 to all the wired PC's so I'm looking at the alternatives, which are;
    > New antenna: I understand the Netgear has an RP-SMA connector, can anyone recommend a good source or any product recommendations?
    > PCMCIA card: Would a PCMCIA card give better performance than my USB adapter? Seen a few WG511GT cards on eBay for around the £20 mark but not much point spending money if it's not going to make a difference!!

    Any help gratefully appreciated! And as a small aside, I highly recommend a Sony PSP as a quick way of checking signal strength if you've got one, much easier to carry than a laptop.

    Lord Deckard.
     
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  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Both the PC cards and the USB dongles use patch antennae. These vary enormously - so it may be worth doing some looking for magazine tests.

    Adding a separate antenna can be useful, but don't have the lead too long, or all the signal gain could be lost in the cable!

    Harry.
     
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