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Join Date: Sep 2009
02-19-2010, 12:13 PM
I am a prolific wifi *borrower*. And have found the strongest wifi adapters are ones like this... DealExtreme: $30.92 Afoundry High Powered 600mW 27dBm 802.11b/g 54Mbps USB 2.0 Wireless Network Dongle w/ Magnetic Mount
There are several other similar models on the site but I have the one in the link.
Drill a hole in the middle of a metal mixing bowl , insert the antenna and it becomes aim-able/directional.
I use it for when i am in my vehicle.
I use this ( USB +HIGH dbi Yagi Antenna 802.11 Wireless Wifi 2.4ghz - eBay (item 400103599998 end time Feb-19-10 17:21:57 PST) ) at home for long distance wifi signals. It is basically a wifi adapter wired into the antenna itself.
I am thinking about getting this ( DealExtreme: $18.43 2.4GHz 16dBi Directional High Gain 16-Unit Antenna for Wifi/Wireless Network (SMA) ) and using it with the wifi adapter I linked to above but removing it from the mixing bowl and using it as a mobile wifi antenna.
Note: I see someone on ebay is selling a yagi/wifi adapter combo here... http://cgi.ebay.com/500mW-Wireless-W...item3caa451bc0
You can buy the same components here ... http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.33016 .....and here.... http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.20646 about 6 bucks cheaper.
NOTE: If you buy from dealextreme... be prepared for a long wait time as it is coming from hong kong. I have ordered from them a bunch of times in the last couples of years.
NOTE: also... the wireless adapter I linked to doesnt seem to work well with netstumbler (a free program that allows you to aim a directional wifi antenna).
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