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    improving wifi reception

    I bought a wireless PCI adapter for my computer, seen here.

    I need to improve its reception drastically. It comes with a little antenna which extends ~5 feet from the computer. I tried hooking it up to a big antenna on my roof, but that actually made reception worse.

    Question: Would running a 5-strand copper wire into my attic maybe 20 feet total length improve signal strength? Thanks for any help.

    Sorry this is a little off topic of forum.

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    Neither darque nor pervert DarquePervert's Avatar
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    You need to get an antenna that's specifically tuned for wifi reception.
    A radio antenna and a longer wire isn't going to help you at all.

    Check out http://www.wlanparts.com for one source. It's where I got my external antenna.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Would this improve my situation?

    How long of a cord/wire from antenna to PC can there be without needing an amplifier, would ~20 ft be OK?

    Also: Do directional antennas/parabolic receive stronger or just xmit stronger?

    Thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    You need to get an antenna that's specifically tuned for wifi reception.
    A radio antenna and a longer wire isn't going to help you at all.

    Check out http://www.wlanparts.com for one source. It's where I got my external antenna.
    ^^^^^ What he said. Using wire could also fry your wifi radio.


    Also check out www.fab-corp.com, that's where I get pretty much all my wifi equipment.
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    Smile well,well!!!

    very interesting piece of information

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