replace "non-removable" antennas - Belkin router?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by jonazen, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. jonazen

    jonazen Guest

    I'm currently using a new Belkin F5D8230-4 "pre-n" router, along with
    one of their pre-n laptop cards and a pre-n pc cardbus card (which is
    really the laptop card and cardbus adapter). Overall, it's working very
    nicely -- getting excellent range and very low latency -- but I'd like
    to see better speed at a distance.

    The WLAN this replaced was based on DLink "super G" from Atheros. While
    the WLAN was flakier and didn't have the range that the new "pre-n"
    setup has, it DID have the advantage of allowing for the replacement of
    both the router antenna and the cardbus card antenna with ones that
    have higher gain - easy, cheap way to improve performance.

    The Belkin laptop card does NOT have an external antenna or terminal to
    allow for attachment of an antenna - period.

    The Belkin router has three antennas for its MIMO configuration. I had
    been hoping that Belkin would allow us to remove these three and
    replace them, perhaps, with three larger straight "rubber ducky"
    antennas (higher gain), so essentially get the same MIMO benefit, but
    also obtain a stronger signal.

    No go.

    Belkin has verified for me that the router antennas are NOT removable.

    So of course the question becomes: just WHAT do you have to do to
    remove and upgrade these rubber ducky antennae???

    Anyone here ever take about a Belkin router and replace the "fixed"
    jonazen, Nov 15, 2004
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    mikes104, Jan 22, 2005
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