Dr. Bott ExtendAIR Omni Antenna

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Eckslusive, May 15, 2003.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2002
  2. macrumors member

    May 6, 2003
    Well of course it works. It's sold by Apple even. I personally don't know how well though.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2002
  4. macrumors 68040


    Oct 28, 2001
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    Better Idea

    Go down to BestBuy and find one of those Linksys Bridges (not sure if thats the correct word, but it has an uplink port for internet and an external antanne port).

    Then, on ebay, get a good antanne (not omnidirectional). They will run about 70 dollars.

    This will take a crap on the thing that apple has right now. You have to use it with THAT antanne, while the rest of the world uses a regular ext. antanne port.
  5. TEG
    macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    A friend of mine said that they work well. Although, he's going to setup a cantenna on his APX and then setup up the antenna in his garage.

  6. macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2003
    I would hold off till Macworld does further tests. In their last Issue they mention they must do further tests, but previously they found no improvement in reception. The 17" and 12" tests seem on par with the ibook.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 15, 2002
    I read that to in macworld. They said there was no real difference if they were using the antenna's or not. But they said to wait for further test. I for one think you could do a lot better with 3rd party non apple wireless gear.
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2002
  9. macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2002
    What are the realities of building a "cantenna" or other homemade device to enhance 802.11 reception?

    I have AE and love it, but would love more range even better.

    Incidentally, has anyone seen wireless "switches?" They are meant as an alternative to wireless routers; instead of radiating the signal omnidirectionally, they focus a signal beam to each user and can cover much larger distances with the same power. Supposedly available in the next month or maybe now even.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2002
    Pringles is where it's at!


    Linksys does a signal booster thing... but I have not needed it for my 802.11b set-up.

    The real issue lies in the fact that the 1st generation of hardware to a "new" specification (in this case 802.11g) usually has problems.

    Also, increased range = increased power. The FCC has regulations stating that anything in the 802.11a/b/g spectrum accepts all interference, and creates none of its own. If you crank up the juice, and someone complains, you could be liable in federal court. If you don't live in the USA... then I don't know.

    The limitations of the spec are there for a reason.
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2002
    DAMN..i really wnat to get one..cause i only get a little reception in my room and the base is outside :(...

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