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Best long range WiFi antenna for Alfa adapter

Last response: in Wireless Networking
September 20, 2013 9:41:48 PM

I am looking for an antenna to use with my Alfa awus036h adapter that will reach an AP about 300 yrds away ( there is a Mcdonalds just up the road from me I am trying to connect to) I also have the Alfa AWUS036NHR adapter but it is crap.
Thanks in advance...
September 20, 2013 10:05:16 PM

You will want to use a powered directional antenna like this one:

Your adapter uses a SMA type connector, so any powered directional antenna (pointed at the router) should help.

However, mooching off of a McDonald's network is not cool and could technically be considered as theft. If they notice you on the net all the time, they will likely block your access.

Something to think about.
January 16, 2014 12:43:43 PM

Colgeek-mcdonalds has free wifi I use it regularly.
to My minds eye
I have a 1000mw dual antenna wifi adapter that I purchased on ebay from etekcity that I modified as follows I kept one antenna as normal the other I replaced with a TRENDnet Low Loss Reverse SMA Female to N-Type Male Weatherproof Connector Cable and attached a n-type connector with a 2 3/4" piece of 14 gauge wire soldered to it (roughly 5/8 wave antenna for 2.4 ghz) sorry no photo. My wifi signal did not improve according to add gadgets network meter, but my internet speed is awesome.(go figure) I'm not joking. Experiment a little- I have. I'm very happy with the results.
January 16, 2014 12:46:40 PM

I have no doubt that McDonalds has free wi-fi for customers. This could still be an issue and considered as theft by some.