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I have a pci wireless card. I got a signal with one bar and 5.5mbps. I wanted to increase my network range and strength so I bought a highgain 7dbi antenna and attatched it to my wireless card in my desktop. Now I get no signal but if I move desktop one room over I get a one bar 1mbps signal. I don't understand why the 7dbi antenna is giving me less range and a weaker signal then the small 2dbi antenna that came with my card. Am I missing something?
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The wireless card (the receiver) is only one half of the equation. The other half is the wireless router (the transmitter) which is equally important. It too must be a long range model, preferrably with several antennas instead of a single one. When trying to improve wireless range you must upgrade both the card and the router together. I had poor range with a Belkin 54mb router and matching PC card for my laptop. Since replacing them with a Netgear 'MIMO' 108mb Rangemax router and matching 'MIMO' laptop card I can now use the internet all round my house and in my garden.

Edited by pip22, 20 June 2007 - 03:43 AM.

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