[RFI] High Power Wi-Fi

Alan NV8A (ex. AB2OS) nv8a at att.net
Fri Jan 21 23:38:23 EST 2005

The WRT54GS is the faster version: "Wireless-G Broadband Router with 

I have the earlier version (WRT54G -- no "S"), and I bought a pair of 
longer antennas for it. Now I see there are longer ones still (HGA7T, 
claimed "peak gain" of 7dBi). Linksys also makes a range extender 
(WRE54G), i.e., a repeater.

Alan NV8A

On 01/21/05 11:04 pm Ford Peterson tossed the following ingredients into 
the ever-growing pot of cybersoup:

> I recently purchased and installed a wireless hotspot here for the QTH.  Nifty stuff to say the least.  This is the Linksys WRT54GS dual antenna wireless router using 802.11G.  I find that the antenna is removable and purchased a no-doubt illegal 2.4GHz collinear mag mount.  Cute little bugger at only about 5" tall.  I unpluged the reverse TNC antenna and plugged in the collinear.  It's stuck to the flashing on the outside of the shack but the signal is perfectly usable up at the house and all over the house some 200' away.
> The data sheet that came with the router is silent on power output.  But the on-line data sheet explains it all ftp://ftp.linksys.com/datasheet/wrt54gv2_ds.pdf
> Power output is indicated at +18dBm.
> There is a new standard called 802.11G+ or some such nonsense.  But it seems to me that it was only compressing the packets and provided a 5% or 10% increase in throughput but nothing related to power output.
> If there has been an increase in the power limit, we can thank our lucky stars that the culprit is heading to the door at the FCC.  Powell is HISTORY!  Yippie-skippie...

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