WiFi Adapters

LunarMist

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I'm thinking about relocating a real computer system, but there are no ethernets in the house. I see a plethora of various PCIe cards, but what is recommended? Does it matter whether they have one, two or three antennae?
 

CougTek

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The greatest range I've had from a wireless adapter was from something like this. There is a more modern unit now, but the gain from the antenna is rated lower and I've never tried it.
 
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LunarMist

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Oh, I was not thinking about USB for a normal computer, but that would be more versatile.
 
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The greatest range I've had from a wireless adapter was from something like this. There is a more modern unit now, but the gain from the antenna is rated lower and I've never tried it.
Not a fan of 2.4GHz only adapters -- It also needs to be able to run at 5GHz. My minimum standards are changing though. I'm almost to the point of requiring 802.11ac but I want them to drop a bit in price yet.
 

Santilli

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Facing the same issue again.
Tried a 30.00 USB wireless and was getting about 1-2 mbps. Barely worked.
Access point is two:
one is in a office building 238 feet NE
the other is 330 feet in the same direction.
Another SE that is 508 feet away.

Both are xfinitywifi hotspots.

First step was to install a TP-Link 802.11AC Adapter
https://www.tp-link.com/us/products/details/cat-5519_Archer-T9E.html

Pointed the antennas the wrong way, and get under 7 mbps.
Point the right direction: 20-29 Mbps

Just downloaded the latest drivers so re-testing.: 20 using TP Link software.
Now going to reboot without it, and just use windows.
 

Santilli

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Without TP Link software 19-23mbps.

Next going to try and attach maybe cables and antennas to increase range. trying these:

Buy the selected items together


This item:2 x 9dBi SMA 4G LTE Antenna, Omni Directional 3G/4G/GSM WiFi FPV Antenna WiFi Range Extender Booster… $12.99

Podofo 2.4GHz Antennas and Signal Amplifier 2400-2500Mhz Magnet Mount SMA 4G Antenna with Male Connector 3DBi Outdoor Signal Booster

Hoping these antennas will amplify the signal a bit.

Wondering if 6 foot cables would be worth it to get the antennas closer to the window, and away from all the computer stuff...
 

Santilli

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This item:2 x 9dBi SMA 4G LTE Antenna, Omni Directional 3G/4G/GSM WiFi FPV Antenna WiFi Range Extender Booster… $12.99

Podofo 2.4GHz Antennas and Signal Amplifier 2400-2500Mhz Magnet Mount SMA 4G Antenna with Male Connector 3DBi Outdoor Signal Booster

Both going back.
ArcherT9E has a male connector, requiring a female on the antenna. Both of these are male as well.

going with these:
3 Wifi 9dBi Dual Band Omni Directional Antenna 2.4Ghz/5Ghz with RP-SMA Male Connector For Wireless Wi-Fi Router and Network Devices

Even though it says Male, the "male" connector does not have the center wire...
 

LunarMist

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Do you have no IT support in an office building? I'd expect they don't require such a long distance for wi-fi. Most offices run cable for wi-fi APs at reasonable distances.
The building engineers may also have info on the construction and infrastructure of the building.
 

Santilli

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Wifi antennas came in today.
3 Wifi 9dBi Dual Band Omni Directional Antenna 2.4Ghz/5Ghz with RP-SMA Male Connector For Wireless Wi-Fi Router and Network Devices

These work. Tests before: 18mbps
Tests after: 28-30 mbps.

Enough to make using the VPN viable.

NordVPN:
28-29 mbps.
 
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