wireless gizmo hunt

Discussion in 'Linux Networking' started by Joshua Whalen, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. HI!

    I have a friend with a problem. They work on a boat, and they need
    to get weather reports via wireless broadband. The harbor where their
    steel hull boat is docked is surrounded by steel-frame skyscrapers and
    steel hulled boats. Consequently, signal in this harbor is spotty and
    highly directional. Same goes for cellular.

    I have determined that a pringles can yagi antenna would solve his
    problem, and the only obstacle is that I can't find the little miniature
    coax jack/plug thing that connects the antenna to the wireless card
    anywhere. I've taken the card to radio shack, and various electronics
    vendors and no one has it or knows what it's called. It's the same jack
    as on the buffalo pcmcia card and the old orinoco cards, and all the
    other cards I've seen. Can anyone tell me who makes this and what it's
    called and where I could mail order it? thanks a million. I've had a
    number of people in similar situations with the same bottle neck. You'll
    not only be helping me and my friend, but oodles of them, too.


    Joshua Whalen, Jun 27, 2007
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  2. The word you're looking for is "pigtail". Though you have to
    be careful to select the right one, as there are a number of
    almost-similar-looking small coax connectors out there.
    If I recall correctly, the plug of choice for the orinoco
    was the MC-Card plug. Though you better check before buying,
    as MCX and MMCX don't look that much different.

    The fat end of the pigtail can also be one of a few different
    models. Standard WLAN antennas usually use the RP-SMA format,
    but standard "N" connectors or RP-TNC have also been spotted.

    Shops for those would be e.g.
    and finally one that caters especially to pringles enthusiasts:

    Christian Winter, Jun 27, 2007
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  3. Joshua Whalen, Jun 28, 2007
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