MacPro Airport Antenna Improvements?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by haravikk, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. haravikk macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    Hi there,

    Does anyone know of a way to improve a MacPro's Airport range? I'm finding it's worse than my G5 was, probably since it has no external antenna, are there kits or anything anywhere that I could use to add an external antenna for better range/signal-strength?

    I believe the range and strength of my wireless N router is fine, but the MacPro has very varied connection-strength to it.

  2. haravikk thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    I've found QuickerTek's "Tri-band" antenna for Mac Pros, but the only place I can find to buy it is their site, which is not only horrible, but also seems to be quite steeply priced.

    As I understand it, all desktop wireless cards should have standard wi-fi ports on them, which an antenna can be screwed onto. So, with an 802.11n card, how many antennae do I need to get "full" performance, and are there any recommended ones? For example, could I just buy any antenna with a cable long enough, and hook it up to my Mac Pro's internal card through a PCI slot?

    I'm very disappointed by how nerfed the wireless card actually seems to be as a result of not having an external antenna (and being inside an all-metal case!), what was wrong with giving us one the little "T" thing that came with the G5's?
  3. IroquoisPliskin macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2008
    They sucked.

    Do a google search, there are thousands of high range antennas on the market.
  4. haravikk thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    And yet clearly it's much better than putting the damned aerial IN A METAL CASE! My wireless N card is giving me speeds that fluctuate between almost 802.11g, and WORSE than 802.11b =/

    With respect, I didn't ask if there were thousands of high range antennas on the market, I asked what I should be using with my Mac Pro. Are there any constraints? Are any particularly well suited? How many do I need for good wireless N performance? Etc. etc.

    Looking for wireless antennas in Google isn't my problem :)

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