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Join Date: Mar 2009
internal wifi amp - 03-29-2009, 11:27 AM
my mini came with the mpcie connecter. you cant use a secondary ssd via the wwan or wlan port. the best thing i cold think of for that would be the to take a runcore ssd and connect it via usb.
but what i want to do is rig up a wifi amplifier to work via the wwan port. it would be nice if i could find a chip that would run off 3.3v but i found a mod that runs off of 5v which i can get from the touchpad or scratch some varnish off my main board and there is 5v available.
is a review of his mod its pretty interesting, but i want to disasemble the amp and solder it up to work internally with the native antennas and be totally internal
is another interesting amplifier although i think it may not be the best option because it uses 12v and a step up like that would generate heat and kill my battery faster.
im thinking about jumpering straight from the factory wifi card then to the new amp with the aux antenna port then using one of the remaining antenna out from the amp. then i could use the os the disable the wwan port to conserve power when im not on wifi.
from the looks of it it may just be easier to disassemble the amp and desolder the factory connectors and solder proper connectors that match the existing hardware. then hard wire straight to the touchpad or something for 5v and install a small toggle switch or something thats not an eyesore. and abandon the mpcie idea.
can the touchpad or main 5v channel on the main board produce a sustainable 5v and 500mA ? i see that turbotenna has a 1000mw amp on ebay and that is the power requirement
another option i was thinking of was to try and find a high output mpcie wifi card that is osx and linux friendly. and either use the stock antennas or maybe add an external antenna like on a access point by drilling a small hole in the side of my mini for the antenna connector. and then simply screwing the external antenna on.
what do you guys think. im just kinda brainstorming on getting some good wifi with out having an eyesore.
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