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I originally planned on getting an wireless repeater, but then learned that extending the wireless coverage with repeater would cause lag, and I don't want to use access point because all the wires.

Therefore I'm thinking about getting a hi-gain wireless N antenna and attach it on my router. I'm currently looking at the Hawking 9dBi and 14dBi Outdoor Directional Antennas.

Does anyone have any experiences with these Hawking hi-gain antennas? Will they really make a difference?


EDIT: I heard some of the high power wireless signal booster are harmful to your health, are the hi-gain antennas harmful as well?
Edited by nardox - 5/27/10 at 8:01pm
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I'm not firmilar with Hawking hi-gain antennas but as far as upgrading to a higher gain will increase signal range.
Just to give you an idea, when i first set up my wrt54g flashed with DD-WRT firmware and using the stock antennas ( 3dbi) i was getting 2 bars at 35ft. I then upgraded the antennas to the 7dbi ones and now i'm sitting at 4 solid bars at 35ft.

I do have to ask why are you using outdoor antennas? Are you trying to extend your range to another house/s or a friend down the street?
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I'm not firmilar with Hawking hi-gain antennas but as far as upgrading to a higher gain will increase signal range.
Just to give you an idea, when i first set up my wrt54g flashed with DD-WRT firmware and using the stock antennas ( 3dbi) i was getting 2 bars at 35ft. I then upgraded the antennas to the 7dbi ones and now i'm sitting at 4 solid bars at 35ft.

I do have to ask why are you using outdoor antennas? Are you trying to extend your range to another house/s or a friend down the street?
We have the router on 1st floor of the house, but one room on the 2nd floor gets 3 bar and the other room gets 1 bar only. It's impossible for me to move the router cause my dad needs wired internet, and I'm trying to extend my wireless coverage to those two rooms without using AP or repeater, so I was hope buying a high power one will really help
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What router are you using? Depending on the router you might be able to flash it with dd-wrt or tomato and increase the transmit range and for that extra boost get your self a set of 7/9 gain antenna. I also run some 7dbi D-link antennas of my wireless adapter cards.
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What router are you using? Depending on the router you might be able to flash it with dd-wrt or tomato and increase the transmit range and for that extra boost get your self a set of 7/9 gain antenna. I also run some 7dbi D-link antennas of my wireless adapter cards.
I have a D-Link DIR-625, bought an D-Link Xtreme Nâ„¢ 2.4GHz Antenna ANT24-0230 and it didn't help much.

Also tried a Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH High Power router and the two rooms still have trouble getting good signals.

And my computer is in the room with 1 bar........

I'm thinking about getting the Hawkin 14dBi directional antennas along with an Asus RT-N16 DD-WRT router.

Are there any drawbacks of getting an outdoor antenna other than they are a little expensive?
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I have a D-Link DIR-625, bought an D-Link Xtreme N™ 2.4GHz Antenna ANT24-0230 and it didn't help much.

Also tried a Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH High Power router and the two rooms still have trouble getting good signals.

And my computer is in the room with 1 bar........

I'm thinking about getting the Hawkin 14dBi directional antennas along with an Asus RT-N16 DD-WRT router.

Are there any drawbacks of getting an outdoor antenna other than they are a little expensive?
TBH: i've never used a outdoor antenna indoors but the bottom line a antenna is always gonna be an antenna.
I haven't used the asus router but i've heard lot's of good things about them.

What type of wireless adapter are u using? Are you using the stock antenna that came with the adapter? Have you tried using one of those antennas with a 2m pigtail?
I find my reception alot better with the antenna not directly attached to the pc thus less interfearance and noise.
Let me dig up a pic of what i'm talking about.

Ok, here is what i use;
This antenna is all i ever need but your situation may be different.
http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=416
Also if you needed more distance for the antenna this is really cheap and i may concider getting one myself.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT
Edited by FREELINE57 - 5/28/10 at 4:01pm
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As they said in the matrix...free your mind, you dont really need repeaters or expensive antennas...tap into the inner hacker in ya...google a Wokfi or anything similar to that and attach it to the system that has a weak signal and watch the bars increase...or u can build antennas on the router itself to add some direction to the signal...google is ur friend..even if it does not seem so as of late.
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