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  • PCI Wifi adapter vs laptop wifi card (etc).

    I am in the process of ordering parts for my carputer, and I am not sure which kind of wifi adapter I should get. I could get a standard desktop pci adapter, but I have noticed that the range is noticably lower than a laptop's built in wifi adapter. I don't have any experience with USB or PCMCIA adapters. Does anyone have any experience with any of these devices and can recommend the best device for a mobile setting?
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  • #2
    It's all about antenna...
    Exchange the whip, with an extension cord and a amplefied antenna... You'll have no problems with signal strength then.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Crinos View Post
      It's all about antenna...
      Exchange the whip, with an extension cord and a amplefied antenna... You'll have no problems with signal strength then.
      Not necessarily.
      For the best range, a receiver with higher transmit/receive power is the way to go. There are several USB high-powered models out there in the US$50-75 price range.
      Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
      How about the Wiki?



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      • #4
        USB sounds like an option, but wouldn't USB be the weakest link and slow the data transfer rate?
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        • #5
          For a wifi connection, no.
          Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
          How about the Wiki?



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          • #6
            Ok, do any of them have an external antenna connector, and does the rooftop GPS/cellular antenna work with any of them?
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            • #7
              My Sensuo uses an external antenna. I have a hi-gain antenna on the roof of my truck and get some pretty spectacular range with it.
              Most (if not all) of the high-power USB wifi adapters allow for an external antenna.

              And no, a GPS/cell antenna won't work with a wifi adapter.
              IF you mean the Hirschmann model that's sold in the mp3car.com store, it has a wifi antenna that will work. I believe a high-gain antenna would be a better choice, though.
              Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
              How about the Wiki?



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              • #8
                By Hirschmann, do you mean this:
                http://store.mp3car.com/Roof_top_GPS..._p/com-008.htm
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                • #9
                  Yup.
                  Check the user manual. It's a Hirschmann 2400.
                  Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                  How about the Wiki?



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                  • #10
                    I tried finding the user manual online, but I can't seem to locate it. Is it hiding in plain site?
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                    • #11
                      Yup.

                      Follow the link you posted.
                      Click on Extended Information.
                      There's a link to the installation manual.
                      Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                      How about the Wiki?



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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DarquePervert View Post
                        My Sensuo uses an external antenna. I have a hi-gain antenna on the roof of my truck and get some pretty spectacular range with it.
                        Most (if not all) of the high-power USB wifi adapters allow for an external antenna.

                        And no, a GPS/cell antenna won't work with a wifi adapter.
                        IF you mean the Hirschmann model that's sold in the mp3car.com store, it has a wifi antenna that will work. I believe a high-gain antenna would be a better choice, though.
                        Yes, I noticed that the gain for Wifi is 0. That all but negates the need to get one.
                        Check out my GMC Savana worklog.

                        Remaining tasks to facilitate vanputer installation codename "Enterprise":
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                        - Get compatible phone for mobilephone.net.
                        - Facilitate HVAC control.

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