Best Antenna Setup (WRT54G in Client Mode)

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 3:46    Post subject: Best Antenna Setup (WRT54G in Client Mode) Reply with quote
So my college recently imposed a 2gig/day cap on dorm internet usage (ick!) but wireless is uncapped and I have been trying to use a wrt54gl in client mode. It has the stock 5DBi antennas and isn't doing to well (-71 to -90 DBi)

I have a window facing a building with 7 access points (mix of directional/omni) that is about 200 - 300 feet away. I am looking for a good antenna solution. I'm getting 7DBi ones from a friend but I doubt that will be enough of a gain to make it stable (looking for a steady 3mbits). I was thinking directional but need some advice to with what to do with. I was hoping I could line it up with a directional they have but if I can't find one it will be their omni directional broadcasting to me so would a directional really help?? If so, suggestions?

I've also got a problem with the mount. We are not allowed to screw anything in the walls and this has to be in door (eg. 4th floor so it can't go outside the window). So what I am looking for is maybe sometime of a indoor mast mount. It's going to need to have a slight angle pointing down so I doubt even a desk mount would work.

Ugh! Internet2 is even included in the cap. Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 18:46    Post subject: Reply with quote
quit downloading porno, and you'll be under the 2 gig/day limit... i understand that some days you'll probably hit that limit, but in 5 months you will have filled a 300 gig HD! but im one to talk, seems like it takes a few weeks to fill up a 300 gig HD with dvd iso's, music discographies... etc. pick up some ebay 9db antenna's and pray for the best Wink

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 15:19    Post subject: Reply with quote
or you could try a cheap solution and build a couple of the wifi surfers (info found on ) and point them in that general direction. The difference was night and day for me with my buffalo. could see maybe 1 router before, now see 3-5 consistantly with those cheap home made antennas. or just go out and buy a higher gain yagi style antenna (very directional).
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