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Hooking up wireless patch antenna to router?

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I have a weak wireless signal that I'm trying to improve by using an antenna. However, I'm not really sure as to what hookups to use from the antenna to the wireless devices. The antenna has a huge connector at the end (N-type I think) and then I have another length of cable that will hook up to that end and then give me a female end of a very small adaptor which is the same as I have on my wireless router. My question is, is it just a question of gettting another adaptor to join the two female ends, or is there something special I have to do to get the antenna hooked up and start using the signal with the wireless laptop or plug a cable into the router and use it with a PC?
Any help with the whole hookup would be great because I've never done one before.
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by:jekl2000
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Sounds like you may have the wrong pigtail (the small cable). What is the brand/model of the router?
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actually I found a different one so now I have D-Link ANT24-0800A2 and it will go directly into the router. Is there anything else I need to do to get the router to give out the signal to the laptop and PC, besides putting an RJ-45 from PC to router and then putting a PCMCIA in the laptop?
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Thats a start, you do need to configure the router... For the WAN side just make sure DHCP is enabled and the same on the LAN side (if your PC's are not set to static IP addresses). Then set up the wireless and be sure to use security.
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okay, I'll give that a shot tonight and report back on how it goes. Thanks.
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so it's okay to not have anything in to the WAN port of the router in this scenario? For example, usually you would have a cable coming into that port from a cable modem, etc., but in this case I already have that setup in the other location and I'm just taking the wireless signal with the antenna and then feeding it in through the cable to the second router. Then I'm plugging the cat5 cable into the LAN port with a computer....is that right or am I missing something?
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Are you trying to pick up the wireless signal of your main router with this antenna/router...

What is the  make/models of your wireless routers?
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Linksys W54GS
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and yes, pick up the main signal and then pass it to the laptop for a stronger signal because at this point the laptop is detecting the network but when it tries to aquire the IP it takes forever and then just says 'limited or no connectivity'. When I move the laptop closer though it will connect like it should.
I just had the D-Link equipment here for free so I would like to test it out to see if it will work and solve my problem without me buying new stuff....
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You have a Linksys router - wrt54gs - this is your main router - Is this the router you are attaching the d-link antenna to?

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no. The router is sitting there spitting out the signal. However, it's super weak in other areas so I want to put the antenna in a remote location to re-broadcast the signal and then plug the antenna into anther router, etc., so I can use a laptop to get the signal from that.
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I think what you are wanting is a repeater. A repeater takes the main wireless signal and retransmits it.  Some call them a range extender.  An antenna alone, won't do what you are suggesting.

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