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Antenna Setup?What would be best?Just curious.


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Just currious to see what everyone else is using. Im still using mkV stock antennas,but they dont look all that intimidating...........I'm looking for something that could theoretically pwn and appartment complex,or maybe an entire subdivision/ neighborhood? And why are the SMA connectors different than a regular Alfa card's. what adapters do i need to hook up your average SMA wifi antenna? could someone show me a link on amazon?

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this is all "theoretical"

Oh, my bad... I glossed over that word.

In that case, I have had my eye on this guy: http://www.amazon.com/Brands-Wireless-2-4GHz-Antenna-Booster/dp/B0054MLMLA/

Buuuuuuuut, it says "SMA Male" and then... the picture shows otherwise.

This one's lookin' good: http://www.amazon.com/1100-1350MHz-External-Yagi-Antenna-male/dp/B00D1HHDHM/

Maybe this one for theoretical demonstrative "WAR Driving" : http://www.amazon.com/Wilson-Electronics-Dual-Band-Connector/dp/B0018PS4O0/

Too bad my state of Minnesota is cut out of the Amazon Affiliates Program...

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I was skeptical about the stock antennas at fist but they do work well for their size. I bought these type of adapters so I can use all of my other antennas that I have collected through the years. I haven't received them yet so I don't know how good they are.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271294732453?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

One thing I have noticed is that you don't need to worry so much about the range, its the throughput of the pineapple that I have a problem with. Too many active connections and this thing slows down pretty quick. I guess it also matters on how many infusions you are running at the same time though.

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I am all for getting serious, but $895.00 is a little to serious for me. :)

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I'm going to order these eventually to be able to use existing antennas.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00COK2DEU/ref=gno_cart_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2PXC5AB6J60IH

I like this idea over the adapters since I'm keeping everything in the travel bag.

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Amylase,

I am currently shopping for antennae, what kind of range do you get with that?

I purchased a couple of these adapters, and they work great.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005H488Y4/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
and this 19 dbi alfa panel antenna, which I am very impressed with.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00478O6AG/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Hmmm... lostngone's antenna array just made my Christmas list...

I've said it in other threads but I'll mention them again. I have a Hawking HSB2 amplifier and a Backfire Antenna from radiolabs.com and it's a dynamite combo for other than mobile situations. I've got the backfire mounted to a camera tripod and with extended cords (and a new SMA Male to RP-SMA female adapter for the Mk 5) I can either bring in signals from two blocks away or broadcast that distance.

Edit: Link for ki2k.

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

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Some of the antennas discussed here are fundamentally the wrong wavelength, and they can do damage to your pineapple or give crappy signal regardless of how impressive they look or sound. The antenna has to be either 2.4 GHz or dual band 2.4/5 GHz, or you don't want it attached to your Pineapple. There are lots of snazzy looking antennas out there, but some of them are for ham radio, etc and freq matters, bigtime.

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Some of the antennas discussed here are fundamentally the wrong wavelength, and they can do damage to your pineapple or give crappy signal regardless of how impressive they look or sound. The antenna has to be either 2.4 GHz or dual band 2.4/5 GHz, or you don't want it attached to your Pineapple. There are lots of snazzy looking antennas out there, but some of them are for ham radio, etc and freq matters, bigtime.

Good to know...

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Hibby is the man to go to on antennae, but I have been looking at this: http://www.oreillynet.com/cs/weblog/view/wlg/448

I like DIY projects so I may do it just to see. There is something about making an antenna out of a pringles can and $6.45 worth of parts that just interests me. :)

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Hibby is the man to go to on antennae, but I have been looking at this: http://www.oreillynet.com/cs/weblog/view/wlg/448

I like DIY projects so I may do it just to see. There is something about making an antenna out of a pringles can and $6.45 worth of parts that just interests me. :)

Never really a fan of the pringles can, but soup cans, you know, real metal, work pretty well if you can find the right diameter. Somewhere around here I've got a cantenna made from an alcohol bottle christmas tin. It's a tad undersized, but works.

http://www.turnpoint.net/wireless/cantennahowto.html

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Thank you barry99705,

added the link to my speed dial. Just out of curiosity, what kind of gain do you see on that?

Never really a fan of the pringles can, but soup cans, you know, real metal, work pretty well if you can find the right diameter. Somewhere around here I've got a cantenna made from an alcohol bottle christmas tin. It's a tad undersized, but works.

http://www.turnpoint.net/wireless/cantennahowto.html

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I'm still very newb so I'm sorry for the silly questions, but,

I have my eye on a yagi someone near me is selling. The antenna is 2.4ghz and made for wifi use, 25dbi. the connector is sma. Can I connect the antenna directly to the pineapple? Should I have an amplifier between the antenna and the pineapple or is this optional?

Also, do I need to change anything on the pineapple after I install the antenna?

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I'm still very newb so I'm sorry for the silly questions, but,

I have my eye on a yagi someone near me is selling. The antenna is 2.4ghz and made for wifi use, 25dbi. the connector is sma. Can I connect the antenna directly to the pineapple? Should I have an amplifier between the antenna and the pineapple or is this optional?

Also, do I need to change anything on the pineapple after I install the antenna?

As long as it's really sma, and not rp-sma, then it will attach directly to the pineapple. No amp is needed, if you use an amp you'll probably go over wifi spec anyway.

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Just a couple more thoughts- the 25 dBi Yagi will be EXTREMELY directional, so aim gets that much more important than with lesser-gained antennas (this applies to both TX and RX). And with amplifiers, you have to remember that they don't just make your transmitted signal huge, they also usually amplify received noise as well so can actually work against you.

Its worth learning about antenna reciprocity, antenna patterns and polarity, basic RF math (Rule of 3, rule of 10) and things like allowable EIRP as with that 25dBi cannon, you're going already be illegal unless you turn your power down. Now whether anybody really gives a fig is another story, but better to understand what you're doing with both TRUE output power (at the antenna stub) and EFFECTIVE output power (what comes out of antenna, feed cable, and connectors after gain or loss) in case you ever do have to explain yourself.

The better you get in this area, the more you'll appreciate the effect that different antennas have on signal. This is one of the more fascinating parts of working with Wi-Fi for a living. No lecture intended, just trying to help :)

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