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  • MSI MS-6897 PCIe half size Wireless-n

    I want to put this board into my motherboard:


    The question I have is when I run antennas from the card is there a limit to the length of the cables to the antennas? Will I have to find a pair of laptop/netbook wifi antennas and use those or can I run a 6ft extension and keep the antennas up near the roof of the car for better reception..


    Thanks all

  • #2
    I know this isn't really answering your question directly, but my MB (Zotac ION F-E) came with a junk Mini PCI-E card and it was terrible. I added an antenna extension and put it in the headliner and it was still not sufficient to reach in my house. My router is really close to where my truck is parked.

    I bought a USB Extension cable:

    http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-M...4775577&sr=8-1

    AND Wireless Adapter:

    http://www.amazon.com/AirLink101-AWL...4775611&sr=1-2

    The adapter was 16.99 shipped a week ago, so the price went up but it made all the difference in the world. I ran up in my headliner, right outside the back window.

    Hope this helps a little.


    Originally posted by V8Reverb View Post
    I want to put this board into my motherboard:


    The question I have is when I run antennas from the card is there a limit to the length of the cables to the antennas? Will I have to find a pair of laptop/netbook wifi antennas and use those or can I run a 6ft extension and keep the antennas up near the roof of the car for better reception..


    Thanks all

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    • #3
      Originally posted by V8Reverb View Post
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      6ft = 1.8m is not too long - You will lose some dB from signal strength, but You can earn more with a good antenna placement on the roof - against the antenna in the trunk or somewhere inside the car...
      "case": Skoda Superb Elegance 1.8T
      Asrock G41MH-GE, E2180 2GHz dualcore, 1024MB DDR2/800, Samsung F1 750GB/7200RPM/32MB, M4-ATX, Lilliput FA1011 HDMI touchscreen, ASUS Xonar DG PCI, homemade Quectel L10 USB GPS

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      • #4
        my old thread might have some good info for you:
        http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/wire...nna-array.html
        My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
        "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


        next project? subaru brz
        carpc undecided

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        • #5
          Thats a wireless-n card - I should be getting better range with that standard than the g anyway, but obviously I'd like to get as much as possible. I like soundmans idea of mounting along the roof line.
          Anyone tried any powered antennas? Can you even get +12v powered wifi antennas?

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          • #6
            while that might work on your own network, i believe that many places still offer only g-wireless, so the range could still be a issue..(i don't believe the n-standard increases the range if used as part of a g-network) when my wifi was in the dash i had trouble picking up my own little wireless box 30ft away. this new setup, i can grab wifi from almost a hundred or two feet away..


            a quick search of amped antenna's:

            you can't do much to beat this for $30-40--and it appears to be powered by usb:
            http://www.wirelessforums.org/alt-ce...ow-102165.html

            http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...7BBTkwCjCECjCE
            My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
            "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


            next project? subaru brz
            carpc undecided

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            • #7
              Yeah i think you're correct. If g meets n then they make a g baby.

              Those antennas look the business. Made my mind up to go with the first on with an extension cable to the antenna in the roof line rear window possibly or wherever is best.

              So that means I don't need that PCIe card too. Maybe a video card instead.

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