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Making extension cords for your Router's Antennas
The ProblemI needed to increase my wireless router's range. I was having trouble getting through some solid walls. I also wanted to have my router outside, but I did not want to make an enclosure for it - though all I really needed outside were the antennas.
Bottom line - went from 2 bars to 4 bars (out of 5).
I did this with a Linksys router. First, unscrew the antennas (if that is an option for you). Then look at the pictures to see how to get the case apart. In the third picture you will see the screw that you need to remove in order to get the circuit board completely exposed.
Now you need to find an antenna wire. The wire I found was shielded, which worked well with the coax cable.
In order to get the case back on you will need to first cut a hole in the case for the coax. I did this by removing the part of the case that separates the 'Internet' jack from the 1-4 jacks.
Then be sure to thread the wire through the hole before you solder! Solder the shields together and the middle wires together.
I was too cheap to buy any sort of connector. I just stripped the wire and inserted it into the antenna and wrapped it tightly with electrical wire. Just make sure that the coax's outer wire does not touch the inner wire.
My antenna was installed on an exterior wall, so I caulked it well and inserted it. Now I have 4 bars, up from 2 bars out of 5.
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