Antenna Booster for Wireless Routers--can Linksys antenna or Hawking be used with any router?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Patty Amas, Nov 30, 2004.

  1. Patty Amas

    Patty Amas Guest

    I see that Radio Shack and Best Buy and CompUSA sell antenna booster
    (slighly larger) antennas for the Linsys routers. Could these be used
    on Dlin or Netgear as well with no problems? I do not have Netgear or
    Dlink so do not know the connection?

    Any feelings on the Hawking Antennas and if they do any good?

    Thanks, Patty
    Patty Amas, Nov 30, 2004
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  2. Patty Amas

    NC Guest

    Tipically Linksys routers use TNC connectors, while Dlink (and Netgear i
    suppose) use SMA connectors, so you'll need a connector/adapter (that
    could cost you 7-10USD).
    NC, Dec 1, 2004
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  3. Patty Amas

    Danny C Guest

    I just got a Hawking high gain 6dBi omni antenna. It works great and
    has a reverse SMA connector. It also comes with an adaptor for the reverse
    TNC connector, so should fit most AP and Routers.
    Danny C, Dec 2, 2004
  4. Check the loss through those connectors at the frequencies we are using.
    Just one connector adapter could easily equal 6db.

    I am not saying that you will never realize better performance using such
    devices, because anything you put in the signal path can change the
    directionality of the antenna, which just could just end up filling a null
    that you had before and needed a signal. But generally you are better off
    with the smaller, direct mounted units in terms of sheer field strength

    Ed Cregger
    The Amazing Seismo, Dec 2, 2004

  5. The radio shack one doesn't work (or didn't for me), the connector
    didn't connect very well.
    Heywood Jablome, Dec 2, 2004
  6. Patty Amas

    Danny C Guest

    I didn't have to use the adapter for my USR8054. When I did a site
    servey it was like this:

    Signal Noise
    Before -57 -94
    After -79 -90

    So it looks like an improvement to me The SNR was much better after the
    addition of the Hawking antenna. I can also get an internet connection in
    my garage, about 45meters behind my house. I couldn't before and that was
    the reason for the antenna to begin with.

    Danny C, Dec 2, 2004
  7. Patty Amas

    Jim Guest

    Are you referring to the actual devices that increase the out put mw power?

    I have a Hawking 6dbi directional antenna on one computer that was only
    getting a signal strength of 36% now with the Hawking antenna it is getting
    84%, so it works well for me. That computer is on the second floor and
    needs to reach the basement of the house.
    Jim, Dec 2, 2004
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