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Dan Goodinson
2005-01-07, 08:48
In my experience, changing the antenna on the SB makes no difference.
In fact, completely removing the antenna on my SB has absolutely no
effect on the signal strength.

I recently bought a load of US Robotics +5dB antennas - I tried using
one of these on my SB by the signal strength was completely unaffected.
You might find it better to install a 3rd party antenna (or 2) on your
WAP/router. I upgraded the antennae on my WAP/router for the +5dB ones,
and the signal strength increased (slightly) on SB.

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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Roy Owen
Sent: 07 January 2005 14:40
To: Slim Devices Discussion
Subject: [slim] 3rd party Antenna for Squeezebox


I've been experiencing signal loss problems with a wireless SB I think
that if I can replace the antenna with one with higher gain it would
solve my problems. Anybody have any experience with 3rd party antennea?

Thanks
Roy Owen
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Do meddle in the affairs of Dragons,
for you are crunchy and good with Tabasco.

Bill Comisky
2005-01-07, 11:25
On Fri, 7 Jan 2005, Dan Goodinson wrote:

> In my experience, changing the antenna on the SB makes no difference.
> In fact, completely removing the antenna on my SB has absolutely no
> effect on the signal strength.

That's very strange. I suspect your antenna-to-SB connector is bad or
it's not completely screwed in. My SB is very sensitive to location; move
it a few inches and I go from 50% to 80% (probably multi-path
interference). It will absolutely lose the connection if I take the
antenna off. Just putting my hand around it drops it down to ~30%.

> I recently bought a load of US Robotics +5dB antennas - I tried using
> one of these on my SB by the signal strength was completely unaffected.
> You might find it better to install a 3rd party antenna (or 2) on your
> WAP/router. I upgraded the antennae on my WAP/router for the +5dB ones,
> and the signal strength increased (slightly) on SB.

Again, sounds like the antenna on the SB is not making a connection,
you're just getting some minimal coupling through the coax pin. The
received power is a product (or sum in dB) of the gains of both antennas.
So you could put a higher gain antenna on either end of your link.
Though it makes more sense on the SB end if you are using a directional
antenna and you want to use your access point for more than one device.

Bill

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>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Roy Owen
> Sent: 07 January 2005 14:40
> To: Slim Devices Discussion
> Subject: [slim] 3rd party Antenna for Squeezebox
>
>
> I've been experiencing signal loss problems with a wireless SB I think
> that if I can replace the antenna with one with higher gain it would
> solve my problems. Anybody have any experience with 3rd party antennea?
>
> Thanks
> Roy Owen
> --
> Do meddle in the affairs of Dragons,
> for you are crunchy and good with Tabasco.
>