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# of Antennas Makes A Difference in a Wireless G Router?

I have been studying this forum off and on prior to makeing the jump to wireless and connecting my Tivo, Thinkpad and a iMac via a Wireless router.

Question #1.
Does it make a difference when choosing a Wireless DSL Router how many antennas it has? I would like to buy the Netgear (WGR614) because it is the most visually appealing vs. the D-Link ( DI-624 ) or Linksys (WRT54G) but only has one antenna. ┐I should try to increase my link quality to the highest possilbe, no?

While ideally I would locate the router in the 'middle/centrally locateed' room of my 4 room apartment, it is more thank likely I will place it next the the iMac which would be about 20 meters away from where I typically sit with my laptop. My wireless card for my laptop is a Cisco.

Thanks in advance.

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I really don't think the number of antennas would make a difference other than you might be able to tweak the coverage pattern slightly. After all, my Apple Airport Base Station has no visible external antenna and it covers most of my 2,400 square foot house (plus the basement).

You may want to note what other add-ons the various wireless routers have. For example, the LinkSys has a signal booster and D-Link has a "repeater" (for their 802.11b products).

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iMac Question

Thank you for your answer! Can I ask also do your apple computers connect via the 'Airport Card' or a USB card and which would be preferred. The other computer in the house is a iMac. Thanks.

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Number of antennas shouldn't matter, but the TYPE of antenna will. There are companies that sell replacement Linksys antennas with higher ratings (as well as outdoor antennas).

I know the antenna connection is somewhat non-standard (I think it is a "reverse TNC") so check out before you just pick one up at radio shack.

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Re: iMac Question

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Thank you for your answer! Can I ask also do your apple computers connect via the 'Airport Card' or a USB card and which would be preferred. The other computer in the house is a iMac. Thanks.


If you use an external USB network adapter you may get better signal strength, but Mac OS X really prefers to use an AirPort card for wireless networking. Make sure any USB wireless network adapter you buy has been thoroughly tested with the version of Mac OS X you are using (check the support site to make sure it works with 10.2.6, and not just 10.2, since there were some important networking changes made in 10.2.4). Also, make sure you don't have a 2.4 GHz cordless phone or a microwave oven near any of your wireless network devices.

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Re: iMac Question

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Thank you for your answer! Can I ask also do your apple computers connect via the 'Airport Card' or a USB card and which would be preferred. The other computer in the house is a iMac. Thanks.


The original iMac (the "bondi blue" one) doesn't have the built-in support for an Airport card (the Airport stuff was announced a while later).

I believe all the slot loading iMacs (the ones without a CD tray) have built-in support for an Airport card -- also all the newer flat-panel iMacs have built-in support for an Airport card.

As far as my situation goes, in the house I have the following Macs connected as follows:

Three iBooks all using built-in Airport cards
One Powerbook G4 using built-in Airport card
One iMac (the original bondi blue one) using a wireless USB adapter
One PowerMac 7600 using a wireless PCI card
One PowerMac G4 using a wired connection

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