Better WiFi antenna?

By fw2004
Jul 12, 2008
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  1. Hi;

    I'm looking for a better antenna system for my D-Link DI-624 router and D-Link WIFI PCI card.

    Perhaps it would be best to improve the antenna on the PC, not the router, since I don't really want to broadcast my WIFI signal outside of the house (I am using standard 128 bit encryption).

    Perhaps a directional antenna is what I need.

    Can anyone suggest one?

    Thanks

    FW
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    http://cantenna.com/

    Mine works well. It still won't shoot through thick concrete, brick, or steel walls, but in a regularly constructed house, it is a good improvement.
  3. fw2004

    fw2004 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 203

    I've seen the ads for those, and the home-brew versions too.
    They seem to be really easy to build, so I don't think I would spend the $40 to buy one.
    I also read that in some places, the possession of such a device is illegal, due to some wi-fi thiefs using them to acquire signals. That's not my concern though. Mine will be used only in the house.

    In any case, I am not sure whether I'll build one, or just run a CAT5e cable up the wall.
    I have a wall space open for AC wiring, so I may just drill a few more holes and run the ethernet cable.

    Does anyone know how far from other conductors / metal objects I should run my cat5e (utp) cable in the wall?
    I was thinking that if I am at least one stud distance (16") away from the Romex, I'm OK, but maybe I need to be even further?

    FW
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