Getting a boost on WiFi

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Omad0n, Feb 27, 2005.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Hi all, I was just writing in to see if anyone had any suggestions on how to boost my Powerbooks wireless capabilities up a bit instead of having to buy another base station. The reason is while I'm on campus I've got a spot I like to go to do work, and while we have WiFi provided, the signal is down to 2 or 1 bars, if not none at all in my spot. I'd love to be able to stay in my hidden area, cause it's just very calmin for me, but I need to be able to get onto the network so I can do ressearch and what not from there as well. Any thoughts would be greatly apppreciated, and if you need more info just ask.
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    1. Try a PC WiFi card with an external antenna. I know the PB looks nice but the metal case cuts down on the radio reception. An iBook will have better reception the same distance from the base station.
    2. The are some amplified antennas for base stations available, both omni directional and directed. You could try one of those if your base station allows for connection to external antenna.
     
  3. macrumors 68030

    superbovine

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    I think getting a PCMCIA Orinoco Gold 802.11b/g card will suffice. Orinoco usually have the best reception on the market and come with an antenna plug that you can buy several different models of antennas for made specifically for that card. However, you should be alright with just the card unless the wifi spot you like is just a dead spot.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

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    THanks for the info guys, I'll take taht into consideration.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    Maybe your base station could use a boost:

    http://www.freeantennas.com/prod03.htm

    It's a free alternative. While it doesn't look good, it does make a huge difference. Also, to improve the looks, remove the logo before printing the cut-out.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, that's brilliant (and cheap). Definitely going to try that out later.
     
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    superbovine

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    considering his 17 PB doesn't have an antenna visable it would really be useless.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    Woops! Maybe I should've read his post first.... Sorry.
     

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