adding external antenna to a Linksys G AP

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adding external antenna to a Linksys G AP

Postby Mirlyn » Mon Apr 14, 2003 10:57 pm

I've got a WRT54G Linksys 802.11G AP to which I'm thinking about adding an external antenna. From what I recall reading, the BEFW11S4 and WAP11 requires you to set in the firmware which antenna is active when adding an external antenna. However, I can't find the option in the firmware for this 11g AP. I've updated the firmware, and still no option. I've emailed Linksys and am waiting on a reply.

Anyone done this before (added an antenna to this AP)? Ideas?

Thanks :)
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Postby Mirlyn » Tue Apr 15, 2003 12:12 pm

This is the response I got from Linksys...

Dear Sir,

Thank you for contacting Linksys Customer Support.

The antenna in your wireless access point is already optimized to give you
the best performance. Attaching a third party extension or a booster antenna
is an unsupported matter, and will void the equipment's warranty.

However, if you really like to use a third party antenna, the antennas used
in the wireless access point are two external monopole antennas, attached
via "RP-TNC" type connectors.

You can visit this site:
http://www.practicallynetworked.com/tools/wireless_articles_range.htm

Please note that this is not supported by Linksys.

If you have further questions, please contact us at (800) 326-7114 or send
us an email at support@linksys.com so that we may further assist you.
Please use this phone number given as reference for future support calls.
Sincerely,


RONALDO O. SAMONTE
Product Support Representative
Linksys

If you are responding to this e-mail, please attach all previous
correspondence as a point of reference.
-----Original Message-----
From: *me*
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2003 11:10 PM
To: support@linksys.com
Subject: WRT54G: external antennas

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am attempting to extend my range with the Linksys WRT54G by adding an
external (unpowered) antenna. I know one must disable one of the two
onboard
antennas in order to force the unit to use an external antenna (notably, on
the
BEFW11S4 and WAP11). However, I cannot find a way to do this on this 11g
AP.
Is there a way? I've heard the AP actually picks which antenna to use based
on
noise readings...how can I make it pick the external antenna?


Not very helpful....:(
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Postby Thorn » Tue Apr 15, 2003 1:07 pm

Check for hidden pages on the web interface. That is where some controls were located on the WAP11v2.2.
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Postby Mirlyn » Tue Apr 15, 2003 1:12 pm

Hmm...thanks, never thought of that.....will check when I get home. :)
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Postby woodssc » Tue Apr 15, 2003 3:44 pm

How do you find hidden pages?
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Postby zr1 » Tue Apr 15, 2003 7:06 pm

Use the antenna on the connector on the opposite side of the power connector. I played with a couple of them and the connector close to the power connector does not work. I did not find a setting for the antennas either but it works just fine with only one connected. Leave the other one off all together.
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Postby HAiRYANiMAL » Tue Apr 15, 2003 7:30 pm

Originally posted by woodssc
How do you find hidden pages?



I would like to know too!
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Postby Mirlyn » Tue Apr 15, 2003 9:52 pm

Originally posted by zr1
Use the antenna on the connector on the opposite side of the power connector. I played with a couple of them and the connector close to the power connector does not work. I did not find a setting for the antennas either but it works just fine with only one connected. Leave the other one off all together.


It works better, or just "fine?" ;)
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Postby zr1 » Wed Apr 16, 2003 3:11 pm

It works great !! yes it works the way it should.
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