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#1 capnmaxx

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Posted 24 January 2009 - 05:56 PM

I have a new HP G60-230US laptop that I bought for use at a vacation house. There is a wi-fi equipped store nearby but I can only get the signal if I go outside. I bought a EnGenius EUB-9701EXT2 USB connected external antenna to increase the reception but it only shows high strength signals with its software. I can't even connect with it to the signal that the internal card can get when I'm outside.
Is there a way to "see" weaker signals with this outboard antenna, (I'm assuming that it would be more sensitive) or did I just waste my money?
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Posted 25 January 2009 - 01:16 AM

How far from the store are you?
What sort of construction is the house? (wood, brick, log cabin)
Same for the store.
Is this an open network that you have permission to connect to?
If yes you might talk to the store manager, see where the router is located. (is it in a closet)
Wifi range is typically 300 ft line of site. Add a couple walls, insulation, brick and that range
drops to about 75-100 ft.

Found this, should plug right into your EnGenius device. (no guarantees)
http://www.gnswireless.com/DWLM60.htm

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 07:13 PM

I have talked to them and their system is set.
I looked at the link you provided, and it looks like this is sort of what I got with the EnGenius antenna. I realize that this one coulod be added on to the one I have, but it seems that the Engenius software just won't recognize as valid a signal that is below a certain strength even though my onboard wireless card can use it.
So, the question would be whether this additional antenna would boost the signal high enough to be recognized by the software, or how could I make the software lower its threshold of signal strength.....
Thanks for the link...

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 12:30 PM

Have you tried the antenna without the software? You never can tell may just work, I have never seen an antennas that needed software but then again my dealing have only been with FM radio, TV and shortwave.

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 04:09 PM

The antenna I have is connected by USB, and it seems that the computer ignores it and uses the internal antenna unless I use the EnGenius software.

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 06:41 PM

Well you Could try a range extender.

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 10:42 PM

I looked at the Range Extender, but it looks like it will not work with Vista.

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 12:26 PM

Anyone else have any nideas?

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 01:27 PM

What kind of router is the store using? 802.11 A/B/G Draft N?

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 07:46 PM

It is a Linksys, just says Wireless G.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 12:08 PM

You could try building your own high gain antennae.

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 10:27 AM

I am not in a position to be building anything now. I thought that the EnGenius antenna would be all I needed, but have been unable to get any help out of their support. When I asked why it wouldn't work as well as my internal antenna, they replied:

"The EUB-9701EXT2 is an 802.11n spec device. You will only benefit with this device if the access points that you are connecting to are also 802.11n spec"

The antenna IS backward compatible, of course, and receives g-spec signals. I do not have a SMA connector on my laptop; I could only connect a higher gain antenna through the EnGenius SMA connector but then I have the same software problem. I could use another USB connected device, but that's what I thought I was doing already.

This is getting frustrating; this antenna HAS to be better than a little internal antenna, and the choke point here seems to be the software that doesn't show the signal that I need to .....see.......I can't be the first person to have this problem and I am willing to buy something BUT only if I know it would work.

Anyway, thanks to all for helping; this just seems like it should have a relatively simple solution

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 05:14 PM

You will need an antenna that is type specific to your network IE: 802.11 G. The Customer service rep is correct that any benefit the antennae offers would only be seen under Draft N. You could talk the store into buying a draft N router. Or move your computer closer. Those would be the cheap and easy solutions. One last solution would be if you can get the antenna to work with the software use an long USB extension cord to move the unit closer to where you can get the signal and just use USB cables like networking cables.

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