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OK, I absolutely love my hak5 shop antennas. I have all of them; in fact I have two of the bigger Yagi's that used to be in stock.

However, I want to step it up a notch. I want the absolute strongest antenna I can buy (under $100) for my car and/or to put outside my window in my apartment.

A lot of you hak5 ninjas probably understand the physics / engineering of the situation a lot better than I do. I know I want to maximize the gain (dbi). I've been looking on ebay and I see one that claims to be 48dbi* and then over at Radio Labs I see a nice looking grid antenna that "only" claims to be 23dbi**, but I feel more confident in their honesty.

Do you guys remember the mini "satellite dish" style antenna that hak5 used to carry? Some people advertise that as 48dbi on eBay. Total BS.

Any thoughts? Should I just find the physically largest antenna that I can wire into the Alfa adapter? Is power an issue? This is making my head hurt LOL

I don't suppose I could just use the actual car radio antenna if I find some want to convert its connector type and plug it into a wireless network adapter like the Alpha or a MiFi device?

One final complication --> I also ordered an 802.11ac router and adapter by Netgear (the Asus kind is better, I know, but it was too expensive).

* http://www.ebay.com/itm/High-Power-Signal-King-2000mW-48DBI-USB-Wireless-Adaptor-SignalKing-999WN-Wifi-/261209311001?pt=Other_Tablet_eReader_Accessories&hash=item3cd149c719

** http://www.radiolabs.com/products/antennas/2.4gig/2.4grid.php


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I would go ahead and save myself the money and just get a standard parabolic antenna. They are basically the same thing as the one from radiolabs; except for nearly half the cost.

As for the power situation; I know that I have seen people connect a small battery through a dampener (I think it is a dampener, could be wrong)... essentially something that cuts the power down to 12V continously. I can reiterate later; got errands to do... :)

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