Anyone have some direct experience with this?
My needs: A buddy with a standard WAP is about 1/4 to 1/3 mile from me and can use no external antenna of any kind, WAP is near window, first floor. I am on 2nd floor with windows facing his direction. Not clear line of site but not a lot of objects in the way, either. Using a Linksys WUSB11 v2.5 with no external antenna, I get a very weak signal from him. At most, 1 bar on XP's Wireless meter, and I can barely surf it with lots of packet loss as you can imagine.
So, I am going to try an external antenna setup on my end, using either the WUSB11 and or more likely a Cisco PCI-340 PCI card with a RPTNC connector.
One person has told me that a Panel antenna would work best
here. Put in in Window sill and aim it's side towards his place and I should be good to go.
Another person says that a Yagi type would be better, as it would concentrate it's direction and gain tighter.
Both antennas claim an approximate 19dbi gain.
So, what would you go with?
Anyone try either or both of these? Or another type, perhaps a grid antenna?