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    ideas for increasing wifi signal from within trunk?

    i have my computer inside my trunk and the signal is pretty low when parked in my driveway
    im using the stock rubber duck antenna on a belkin 54g pci card


    any ideas on increasing the signal?

    putting the antenna outside the car would be best but im looking for a cleaner, more permenant solution

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    Here is what I did. I took a cheap 802.11g card, and cut the wire going to the little stupid anteanna. Then I got one of those 2 feet high magnecic mount Antennas, (It was off a torn down cell phone tower) and tuned it by cutting it to the right length. I then spliced the cabels together. Some radio enthusiests will swear that a 5 min splice is a horrible thing, but in your situation, it will reduce your range by about 4 inches.

    You splice a coax cable by first removeing the outer coverang by about 1.5 inches on each wire. Then you push back the metal 'fabric' grounding around the cable. cut about a 1/4 of an inch off of the inner wire and insolation. This is so that the grounding meshes will meet. Then strip the inner insolation wires, and solder. Carefully wrap electrical tape in the aria where the innter insolation is gone, so that it meets in highet with the inner dielect. After that, push the two meshes together, and wrap with electrical tape
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    Or just buy an antenna off of E-Bay, the one I got increased my signal alot! Although others say it was crap, with no antenna i picked up 0 ap's with the black rubber antenna I picked up two AP's and with the magnetic mount 5.5db I picked up 4 from my driveway all with stronger signal then with the black rummer maid one. Try it and see if it works, mine was about $18 shipped!
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    Getting a magmount or permanent mount antenna will be the best and likely only solution to your problem, the trunk is a big metal shell which tends to block RF signals.

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    i ended up getting a mag mount antenna but because of theft and wire routing issues, ive put it on the rear window deck

    havent tested yet but im expecting a better signal (not as good as outside the car but better)

    even with the rubber duck antenna inside the trunk i picked up 63 APs in the 4 miles i drive to school

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    Quote Originally Posted by aoLhaTer
    i ended up getting a mag mount antenna but because of theft and wire routing issues, ive put it on the rear window deck

    havent tested yet but im expecting a better signal (not as good as outside the car but better)

    even with the rubber duck antenna inside the trunk i picked up 63 APs in the 4 miles i drive to school
    You really think some geek is going to steal your little 802.11 antenna? I have one (off ebay). I pop it out on demand. I have a Orinoco Gold Classic card w/USB adapter in the glove box connected to the hub.

    I doubt your antenna will work very well in your rear window deck unless it's metal. Most mag mount antennas are "mag" mount for a reason. It needs to be grounded (body metal = ground)

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    My mag mount from fabcorp.com works almost as good in my back seat as it does on the roof. It has 0 degree downtilt so that my have a lot to do with it.
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    or a better idea is to buy a cheap car like mine, made out of mostly plastic. Seems to be transparent to most signals . Hell. i live in san antonio, and i can pick up radio stations in Houston, there has to be an explaniation for that one.

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    oh yea, to answer your question, i believe radioshack sells signal repeaters. And most WiFi routers now can repeat signals.

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    Look man, i have a full size (all metal) dodge ram 1500 pickup. I bought a mini USB 802.11b unit and ran it in the dash board (inside) at the top toward the front. I get a great signal, if you dont you'll find its probaly the placment of your wireless router inthe home, it needs to be placed near the side of the home as your parking... Also the usb GPS unit can be placed in the same place and works great also..

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