I understand most "off the shelf" wifi hardware is fitted with 2-3dbi gain antennae. The PCMCIA wifi card in my adsl modem/router cannot be changed but it's possible to change the antenna of my PC wifi card to high gain (7dbi or more). Is there any point in changing just one end as common sense tells me you should change both ends to improve signal strength both ways, but then again....maybe it's only necessary for one end to transmit/receive a stronger signal!
I was thinking about this click here Problem: adsl/router is in lounge next to TV and PC is downstairs (ground floor). The link is weak and has an effect on internet speed (pages taking a lot longer to load etc). The distance is not the problem but what's in the way (walls/floor etc).
Hi everyone. Thanks for the posts but I think the point of my question has been missed - "Do I need a high(er) gain antenna both ends or is one end sufficient"? My lounge is nowhere near 22miles from my office or even over the road and ten houses up lol. Just joking ;-)
Thanks PP321. Unfortunately the antenna of the router is not upgradable as in most, as the router and the PCMCIA card come from the ISP and "is as supplied". (they are like this so you have to buy the card from the ISP). Maybe there is a higher gain compatible card around so I will check the forums. The price of another antenna for my PC PCI WIFI card won't exactly break the bank so that's probably the way I will go. Cheers.