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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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    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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    Quote 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.
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    USB sounds like an option, but wouldn't USB be the weakest link and slow the data transfer rate?
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    For a wifi connection, no.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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    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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    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.
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    Yup.
    Check the user manual. It's a Hirschmann 2400.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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    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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