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Old 12-31-2011, 02:54 AM   #1
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Looking for information for a antenna for WiFi usage that can be used for my Laptop in my RoadTrek when at a campground that has WiFi.

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Old 12-31-2011, 02:13 PM   #2
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Can you directly connect an antenna to your laptop? If you can't then look into wireless bridges or repeaters.
Some home routers can operate in bridge mode right out of the box or there is 3rd party firmware that can be installed on some brands to give the router that ability. http://www.classbforum.com/phpBB2/vi...hp?f=42&t=1658

I used a SuperPass antenna for a while at home with an Asus router running DD-WRT firmware. I think SuperPass is a good brand and actually works. http://www.superpass.com/2400M_Nomni.html Might not be the best looking antenna though.
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This site: http://www.data-alliance.net/ has product and info.
Lots of options.
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The WaveRV http://www.radiolabs.com/products/wireless/waverv.php is a nice solution because it is an all-in-one wifi card and antenna. So the whole thing is powered through your laptop USB port. Only drawback I see is that it is only wireless B & G. Wireless N is not listed.

I like this idea http://hawkingtech.com/index.php/pro...ns/how2r1.html also. Outdoor unit, nice and neat. The inside the van part needs to be plugged in though so you need an inverter turned on if your are not plugged in at a campground.
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Another all-in-one solution from Radio Labs http://www.radiolabs.com/products/wi...fi-antenna.php no N spec listed.

Your laptop is tethered to the USB cable with the all-in-one card/antenna combos.

I prefer the bridge/repeater solutions. Then you are free to move around with your laptop.
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I checked out http://www.buy.com for a WiFi Antenna Booster, wireless Long-Range WiFi Antenna, they have many, no idea which one to purchase.

Would anyone have any suggestions.

Info on my Laptop is: Dell, Studio 1535, Model No. PP33L, Windows Vista.


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How about one of these?
Found 3 on Walmart.com.
The may be available in store. I don't know.
http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng ... raint=3944

Actually, upon further review, they are designed to beef up your router's ability to pull in signal, so I don't
think these will help you on the road unless you use a router, or possibly a wireless hotspot device, but I
think those are cell phone tower based?

I then found this. I'm thinking, if you can find a way to power it from your van, it looks like you might be able
to configure it to become a pass-thru range extender for your laptop. It is compatible with WPA/WEP security
and can connect wirelessly to your laptop via plug and play, or PUSH and CONNECT. Maybe marko can explain
it better, but I think you could power it up, and then scan for it with your laptop's network connection software,
then connect to it, and maybe then find an external wifi signal? Like at a campground? Or other wifi hotspot?
http://www.walmart.com/ip/NETGEAR-Unive ... r/16636647
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I did take a look at your link Ron. There sure is a lot of stuff available.
There are a few ways to get better WiFi range. It depends how much improvement you want and the scope of work that you are willing to do. Do you want to drill holes, mount external antennas, configure a router as a bridge etc. for up to maybe 1 mile range or do you just want to plug an extender into your laptop to get a boost?
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I do not want to drill holes, looking to plug an extender into my laptop for a boost. Would like to get up to a mile range.

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The simplest thing to try on Buy.com looks to be the Alfa AWUS036NH

Alfa AWUS036NH by itself
http://www.buy.com/prod/alfa-802-11g...216469372.html

Alfa AWUS036NH bundled with a holder
http://www.buy.com/prod/2000mw-2w-80...216916248.html

Alfa AWUS036NH bundled with a second larger antenna:
http://www.buy.com/prod/alfa-awus036...216916249.html

Alfa AWUS036NH bundled with a holder and larger antenna
http://www.buy.com/prod/2000mw-2w-80...216916239.html

I have no experience with this product Ron. There are a few posts on RV.net that might help you decided if it is worth trying: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fu...7B%7D/sr/1.cfm
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