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    ok here is my problem. the laptop has two antenna cables going trough the screen to the internal antennas (those are the little greeen sticks on top).

    The antenna cable is very thin and has an extremely small connector. I have a wifi antenna lying around that i wanna use and connect to the laptops antenna cables...how would i do that?

    is there an adaptor or can i just cut the cables open and try it that wa y ...(i dont think that works with antenna cables does it?

    well im open for suggestions...please help

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    Ok after reading your post better, why you want to solder both cables together? I undertand if you want to use the ext antenna instead of the build-in but why yuo want to pair the antennas together?

    Thanatos.
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    Originally posted by bgoodman
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    • #3
      Originally posted by thanatos106 View Post
      Ok after reading your post better, why you want to solder both cables together? I undertand if you want to use the ext antenna instead of the build-in but why yuo want to pair the antennas together?

      Thanatos.
      thats what i want to to ...only use the external one....sorry my english is bad.
      so can i just solder them together? would that work? or come with a huge signal drop....

      my laptop is under my seat and i have really bad connection there....so the new antenna is on my roof....

      thx ...

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      • #4
        You don't want to solder the cables together if you want your card to continue working. Just connect the pigtail to the main antenna connector and leave the aux disconnected.
        Failure is not an option....



        It's installed by default on every version of Windows.

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        • #5
          And for that you need to solder the right connector to the external antenna cable.

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          Originally posted by bgoodman
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          • #6
            pigtail..aux? sorry...i dont knwo which one is which ...is the inside cable the pigtail? and the one on the outside the aux?

            so what u are saying is i should stilll gut the cables and just connect one end??


            should i coonect the cable to the inside or the outside of the gold antenna connector??
            thx ...
            sorry my technical english is very limited.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by thanatos106 View Post
              And for that you need to solder the right connector to the external antenna cable.

              Thanatos.
              or the right connector to the internal antenan cable>>????? cause this would be much easier i think....

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              • #8
                Pigtail is the connector on the end of the cable, one of those cables go to the "main" and the other to the "aux" of the wifi card (you just have to plug the ext antenna to the plug that say "main" and forget about the other one **some wifi adapters only have one plug even if the laptop have to separate antennas**)

                Forget the internal cables, since you'll be using an ext antenna all you need to do is get the right pigtail connector for that antenna and nothing else.

                where do you from?

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                Originally posted by bgoodman
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                • #9
                  Okay, you're going to need to buy a pigtail from one of the sites we showed you. It's going to need to be a u-fl to whatever your antenna connector is. Once you get it connect it to the connector labeled "Main" on your wifi card if it has more than one connection. See this picture. I circled the connection I'm talking about. Now here's the kicker, those little connections aren't made for repeated connection/disconnections. They will break after a while. So once you connect it, figure out some way to fix the cable in place. I usually use kapton tape, but it's pretty expensive, so some masking tape to a non-electrical part will work. Any more questions just ask.


                  Oops, got this thread and another mixed up in my head. www.fab-corp.com and www.wlanparts.com for pigtails.
                  Failure is not an option....



                  It's installed by default on every version of Windows.

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                  • #10
                    attaching wifi to external antenna

                    I have the black and white wires from behind the screen completly out as I have romoved broken screen on my laptop. To attach these to a pigtail should I just take the coating off each end and solder them onto the pigtail? I have separate screen to fit through 15 pin plug later. I just need to be definate about attaching antenna. Thanks.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by goatsliver View Post
                      I have the black and white wires from behind the screen completly out as I have romoved broken screen on my laptop. To attach these to a pigtail should I just take the coating off each end and solder them onto the pigtail? I have separate screen to fit through 15 pin plug later. I just need to be definate about attaching antenna. Thanks.
                      No no no no no no no no no no no!!!!! Get a pigtail with a u.fl connector already attached, that would be that tiny one in the above pictures. Soldering wifi coax will degrade the signal, if you do it wrong it could eventually lead to the radio frying itself.
                      Failure is not an option....



                      It's installed by default on every version of Windows.

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                      • #12
                        wifi antenna, (pig tail connection)

                        Originally posted by BarryWoods View Post
                        No no no no no no no no no no no!!!!! Get a pigtail with a u.fl connector already attached, that would be that tiny one in the above pictures. Soldering wifi coax will degrade the signal, if you do it wrong it could eventually lead to the radio frying itself.
                        Thanks for your repy and help. I could not see a picture. I am in London and each time I go to an electrical shop or computer store the floor staff have'nt got a clue what I am asking for. I understand I need to get a pig tail with the wires already attached. Having now had the panel off the back, finding the wifi box with the two leads coming from it. Is it right to say I just carfully unplug the "AUX" little connector and then the pig tail wire and little plug will just clip down on to the connectors? If possible could you please give me another name or ref no that would identify what a pig tail is?
                        much appreciated.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BarryWoods View Post
                          No no no no no no no no no no no!!!!! Get a pigtail with a u.fl connector already attached, that would be that tiny one in the above pictures. Soldering wifi coax will degrade the signal, if you do it wrong it could eventually lead to the radio frying itself.
                          Sorry there, I did find the picture and your stright forward explanation. I connect to main, not aux right?
                          And you provided sites in order to get pitail!
                          Do I just leave the other interal wifi wire connected and simply connect pigtail to main?
                          thanks.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by goatsliver View Post
                            Sorry there, I did find the picture and your stright forward explanation. I connect to main, not aux right?
                            And you provided sites in order to get pitail!
                            Do I just leave the other interal wifi wire connected and simply connect pigtail to main?
                            thanks.

                            Yea, you can leave the aux connection connected to the internal antenna. You can also disconnect it, it's really up to you. If you disconnect it, make sure you cover the internal connectors so they don't short on anything.
                            Failure is not an option....



                            It's installed by default on every version of Windows.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BarryWoods View Post
                              Yea, you can leave the aux connection connected to the internal antenna. You can also disconnect it, it's really up to you. If you disconnect it, make sure you cover the internal connectors so they don't short on anything.
                              Thanks again,
                              I have found a bloke only a couple of miles from me that can provide the pigtail.

                              http://www.zcomax.co.uk/web/componen...tact/Itemid,3/

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