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Many newer routers tend to use internal antennas and they never get good range. I often end up buying an u.fl connector and a rp-sma connector and drilling a hold in the case to add an external antenna.

For a linksys wrt160n router, I was able to increase the range by nearly 50% by removing the internal antenna, then modding in 2 external 2dbi antennas.

The parts from ebay are cheap, I am sure that these companies can get them or make them at an extremely low cost.

When will we stop being plagued by crappy internal antennas for routers?

asked Jun 20 '10 at 22:18

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Companies want to make products look appealing to consumers. If it's sleek and seems to be uniform throughout, consumers are more likely to buy it. An external antenna is a step away from this uniform idea.

If you like external antennas, use an industry-grade router/AP (check out Cisco APs).

answered Jun 20 '10 at 22:27

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External antenna's are not just ugly, they break.

In a sleek looking router, they use a band system for the antenna, that wraps around the enclosure so its not only stream lined, but also tends to get better reception then its external antenna brothers.

Course you can be goofy and get a router with more then one external antenna, but believe it or not one with a external antenna dosnt do any better then one without.

However I have always believed that non external antenna's should come with the option to attach one.

answered Jun 23 '10 at 13:24

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I have never had a problem with external antennas breaking.

(Jun 23 '10 at 15:21) George George's gravatar image
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