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Install external antenna to router with only internall antennas?

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September 3, 2012 3:14:10 AM

I have a Linksys e4200v2 and I'm hoping to somehow install an external antenna on it in order to improve the range of the router. I've seen some "kits" advertised, like this one on ebay, but I'm not sure how legit it is. Does anyone have recommendations for this project, or is this a really good way to brick my e4200v2? Maybe it's not worth the effort and I should just pick up a AC router and AC access point...
September 4, 2012 12:31:30 PM

The easiest solution may be to just buy a router with external antenna connectors.

It depends if you have to unsolder the antenna connections from the main board. If they use the small plug connectors you can buy a short cable and connect it to the external. If you are going to solder have take large chance to damage something.

Problem is these cables are expensive since they are microwave cable and all the connectors you will need are not cheap they are very specialized for the wireless market....mostly to prevent you from doing exactly what you are trying to do.

Will it make a difference, most likely not in a home environment. The walls and floors will just absorb more of the signal. The only way this tends to be effective is if you use direction antenna on both ends so concentrate the power in narrower beam. Still it does not take much when you consider the metal film on windows that you can see though can completely block wireless signals.
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September 4, 2012 9:27:36 PM

I have a Amped SR10000 that I'm using as my client bridge. Would it help if I added high gain direction antennas to that even if the main router (e4200v2) doesn't have a directional antenna?
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September 5, 2012 12:56:45 PM

You can run direction antenna on only a single end. It should help but antenna theory and design is as much a art as it is a science.
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