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I'm thinking about getting one of those Rosewill antenna cables to attach to my wireless NIC in my PC. My PC is currently on the right side of my desk, and gets 4-5 bars of signal. If I put it where I want, on the left side of my desk, I get 1-2 bars, and often times it won't find the signal at all.

If I were to hook up the NIC to a antenna cable, and then run the physical antenna back to the right side of my desk, would that work?
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I just thought that I'd go ahead and answer my own question.

When my case was on the left side of the desk, I had bad signal problems. On the right side, it was just fine. I went to Frys and purchased a 7ft cable extension for the antenna on my wireless NIC. With this, I was able to put my PC on the left side of the desk, and run the antenna to the right side.

Everything is flawless. Perfect signal and same speeds.
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Kinda funny that you needed a wireled extension for your wireless card...lol
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Quote:
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Kinda funny that you needed a wireled extension for your wireless card...lol
Not really.....

You would be supprised at the difference a few inches would make in reception just by having a antenna that could be moved a few inches here or there.
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I agree, but it's best practice to extend the USB cable between your adapter and PC (if you have a USB adapter). This is because the USB cable carries a digital signal and is less susceptible to interference etc. etc.
Antenna cables carry an analog signal, which WILL degrade when you extend it.
    
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post #6 of 9
lol
i got the same problem but my wireless card is usb
and my ideal distance is arround 10meters away from me
actualy in another division
been thinking for some time on getting usb extension just for the usb wi-fi card but i also thought that the usb port wouldnt have enough juice to power 10meters of usb cable and the usb wi-fi card also

would appreciate if any1 proved me it could
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5 meters is the limit for USB cables, but then again USB carries 2.5 Watts (5V 0.5A, P=U*I), so power shouldn't be the real problem here.
    
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Sometimes it's easier to reorient the access point, or its antennas.
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post #9 of 9
Quote:
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Sometimes it's easier to reorient the access point, or its antennas.
I agree in this theory also. ( Line-of-sight )
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