108 Mbps Cardbus/USB Adapters that accept external antennae

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by baduser, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. baduser

    baduser Guest

    Appreciate a list. I currently have a SMC Barricade 7904WBRA. Should I
    stick with SMC.

    baduser, Sep 27, 2005
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  2. Your SMC 7904WBRA is an ADSL wireless router that does NOT support
    108MBit/sec enhancements to 802.11g. You would be wasteing your money
    buying something faster then 54Mbits/sec unless you also replace your
    existing 7904WBRA.

    Offhand, I don't know of any USB adapters that have easily attachable
    external antennas. However, if you search Google Groups for articles
    on "USB antenna", you'll probably find quite a few modifications and
    do it thyself adaptations.

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    Jeff Liebermann, Sep 28, 2005
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  3. baduser

    baduser Guest

    I realize the 7904 isn't geared for 108. I move amongst various clients
    so I would like to give myself a shot at 108 if the situation arose. My
    concerns are more with SMC being a good choice as an all rounder,
    particularly with the 7904. Being able to attach an external antenna
    would be a plus, but USB/Cardbus are limited.
    baduser, Oct 1, 2005
  4. First, please realize that there are two 108Mbit/sec proprietary
    technologies (Turbo, Super-G, and Afterburner), so your chances of
    finding a compatible access point is rather less than I would expect.
    In addition, the increasing popularity of MIMO (pre-N or eventually
    802.11n) will also limit your abilities to find a compatible access
    point. In addition, the benifits of these proprietary improvements
    are only useful when fairly close to the access point (< 6ft) and only
    between similar technology client to client transfers. You'll also
    need a 100Mbit/sec broadband connection to insure that the speed to
    the internet is faster than the maximum 50-60mbits/sec wireless
    performance for 108Mbits/sec. Lastly, they don't work peer to peer.

    Well, you did ask for an opinion and I think that this exercise in
    performance enhancement is a total waste of time and effort. Stay
    with 802.11g and away from proprietary enhancements.

    Sorry, I have no experience with the SMC client radios and cannot
    offer an opinion.
    Jeff Liebermann, Oct 1, 2005
  5. baduser

    SMS Guest

    Buffalo has 54 Mbps and 125 Mbps Cardbus, and 54 Mbps USB, but no 108
    Mbps. All have external antenna jacks. To use the 125, you'd need a
    compatible router.
    SMS, Oct 1, 2005
  6. baduser

    baduser Guest


    Looks like I'm between a reinforced concrete wall and a hard place.
    baduser, Oct 2, 2005
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