Which is the Best CHEAP PC CARD which accepts external antenna? Which antenna to use?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Arawak, Aug 10, 2003.

  1. Arawak

    Arawak Guest

    GOAL:
    I'm always on the 23-28th floor of my hotel in Manhattan. I can log on
    to various networks right outside the hotel for free but from my room
    the signal is not very strong or disappears. I don't want to have to
    sit outside my hotel on the sidewalk anymore.

    Which is the Best CHEAP PC CARD which accepts external antenna and
    where to find it?
    Is a pigtail needed? Which Antenna should I get. I guess I will have
    to disable the Centrino/TrueMobile stuff in the BIOS of my Dell
    Latitude D400?

    TIA
    Arawak
     
    Arawak, Aug 10, 2003
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    bolo Guest

    U dont need to disable it, but there may apear problems if your computer
    trys to use 2 wireless lan @ same time, so beter disable it FIRST
    about the card, at about 50$ are orinoco (avaya/lucent/dell), there are also
    other cards at comparable price, so IMVHO best choice is oronoco
    yes U need pigtail (MCCARD 2 N probably-depends of antena) (about 15-20$)
    which can be 1feet or 8-9feet (30cm or 2,5m)
    and of course antena (5dBi will be enought for U I suppose) I ve no idea
    about it's prices in US


    bolo
     
    bolo, Aug 10, 2003
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  3. Arawak

    Arawak Guest

    Is there a site that lists the various brand names used for Senao and
    the Orinoco cards which have external antenna connectors? Does anyone
    here know?

    TIA
     
    Arawak, Aug 11, 2003
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    Arawak Guest

    Yes. I've tried walking from one end of the floor to the other, back
    and forth, wall to wall, omni-directional. Was able to log on a couple
    of times but lost the signal within a few minutes. I have a Linksys
    USB adapter but I don't see how that would help since the range would
    be the same without a signal extender of some sort.
     
    Arawak, Aug 11, 2003
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    Jimmy Guest

    Hi again!

    What a pity, the skyscrapers in Manhattan are much to high!

    I'm sorry, I have no experience with wireless PC-Cards and
    external antennas.

    I only found this:

    http://home.earthlink.net/~wifi-shootout/

    That means it is possible!

    Jimmy

    What's about changing to a lower floor?
     
    Jimmy, Aug 11, 2003
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    TECH305 Guest

    TECH305, Aug 12, 2003
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    Martin² Guest

    AP's aren't designed to project signal upwards, least of all trough all the
    floors.
    If you lucky you an antenna hanging out of the window might work..
    Regards,
    Martin
     
    Martin², Aug 12, 2003
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    null Guest

    Good price. I just got a new one from Dell for double that. Then a couple
    hex edits to the orinoco software/firmware
    so it looks for the dell branding and it's got Orinoco firmware/software.
     
    null, Aug 12, 2003
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