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I'm working on a project (Raspberry Pi webcam streaming fpv quadcopter if you must know biggrin.gif), and I need a wifi adapter. I will be using a USB hub to connect two little webcams and the wireless card. Ideally, it would have an antenna that could be unwrapped/extended and be routed throughout the frame to give the best range. What can I use for this purpose?
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anything wireless has the wire cut to a size and wrapped to match the frequency of the wave lengths.
so for usb i think leaving it as it is would work best.
the netgear wna1100 has some pretty good range and you can get it from newegg for around 5$ usually.
i have one sitting here. i'm hardwired now.
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Originally Posted by Jollyriffic View Post

anything wireless has the wire cut to a size and wrapped to match the frequency of the wave lengths.
so for usb i think leaving it as it is would work best.
the netgear wna1100 has some pretty good range and you can get it from newegg for around 5$ usually.
i have one sitting here. i'm hardwired now.

That makes sense. thumb.gif So what range do you get with it?
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haven't tried to see what distance i can get.
really distance comes down to signal strength and interference.

usb runs on 0.5 amps, so for usb each usb wifi card should have about the same distance unless the usb adapter is crazy small or uses a wifi signal that is shorter range each band of wifi will have a different range. like sound levels, low sound travels further than high pitched (or maybe thats the other way around).
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