Antenna??

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  1. jer446 macrumors 6502a

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    I was wondering.. I have an iMac g5, i use the normal wired ethernet.. but sometimes i like to either transfer files with my friend across the street, or use his internet(with his permission) to get on when mine is down.. i get a weak signal, but a small signal.. using the normal wireless in my imac.. what type of antenna can i make to make a stronger signal>>
     
  2. varmit macrumors 68000

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    The only thing that I can think of is setting up a Airport Express as a repeater for your friends wireless access point. But I think that all depends on their router too. Unlike PC Desktop wireless cards that have an antenna hanging out the back that you can replace with a stronger one, the iMac has the antenna built into the frame of the computer. So you best bet is to try the repeater. But I make no guarantees that it will work.

    http://weblogs.java.net/blog/inder/archive/2004/10/using_airport_e_1.html

    http://ryanschwartz.net/2004/08/05/airtunes-airport-express-and-the-wrt54g

    What you will do is plug the Express in closer to your friends place than your iMac is, and it should hopefully extend the range his wireless signal goes.
     
  3. andcraig macrumors regular

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  4. jer446 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is there something like that, but something i can put on the receiving end? That way i can take it with me and will be able to use it on other networks too, not just his. That is what i am looking for, but i want it to work on the receiving end.. i also have other wireless computers in my house, so it also doesnt need to go for my imac, but preferably, it will work with my imac. I also have a spare wireless pcmia card, so is there anything i can do??
     
  5. varmit macrumors 68000

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    Um, the Airport Express. http://www.apple.com/airportexpress/
     

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