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ax0n wrote:For quite a while, I've stuck to my Linksys WPC11v3 (Prism 3.0) and D-Link DWL-650 (Prism 2.5) cards, both of which have internal antennae and lack easy methods for hooking up an external antenna. I had a pigtail soldered to the DWL-650 for a while, and made a homebrew omni for my car, but it didn't work all that well, only marginally better than before I hacked it.
Anyways, tomorrow, I will have been here 3 years to the day. It's time to up the ante a bit. Last week I bought the following:
Senao NL-2511CD EXT2 (200mW card, 2 MMCX Jacks)
5dB Sky2Web Omni-Directional Blade Antenna
2dB low-profile rubber ducky
I got the card and rubber ducky in on Friday, and the Blade antenna in on Saturday. Let me say that it works better than I could have ever imagined! The Senao card doesn't have any antenna built-in but I can still use it without an antenna anywhere in my apartment.
With the antenna and new card using MiniStumbler on my Jornada 720, I picked up 68 new AP's on my bus ride to work this morning. I haven't picked up ANY new access points in over a week on that trip. Just the same ones every day.
I can't wait to give this a serious drive test with BSD-Airtools or KisMAC.
Also en route (from Hong Kong) is a 7.5dB magnet mount omni. I'll probably wait to do the serious testing until that bad boy gets here. I intend on hanging the blade omni from my rearview mirror and planting the mag-mount high center on my roof. With a 6ft pigtail, it should be able to reach.
I'll post some pics later.
ax0n wrote:Yah, I said I'm getting serious. It's hard to call yourself a serious 'driver with just a WPC11v3. Of course, there's only a handfull of crazies like you here.
Take that as a compliment.
Back in the day I made it to the first page overall but it's been a long time. I'm going to make that my goal for now.
ax0n wrote:Yah, I noticed that the connector on the front (facing me when inserted face-up into the left side of my laptop) gets better results.
I guess I'll order a second magnet mount antenna. I know about diversity for performance but I didn't know it was needed.
I don't think I'm going to go too crazy with multiple high-power rigs, amps, and whatnot. My part of the world isn't nearly as populated as some others, but I do plan on hitting downtown pretty hard once my other antennae come in. I got another 160+ AP's on the commute back (which goes through more of downtown than the trip to work). Again, I hadn't seen any new AP's in a week when riding the bus, so that's a pretty big increase. I know there are definitely thousands and thousands point lurking in the towers of Kansas City.
Thanks for the input.
whitedice wrote:I still don't understand where hratch is getting double the aps I'm getting each month, but I'm gaining ground each week on just about everyone else. I have become a little obsessed with gaining in the ranks.
argh wrote:if you're using Kismet, an amp won't help at all (unless you mean receive pre-amp). i'm sure it would with Netstumbler, since it transmits.
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