Yet Another Laptop Wifi Antenna Mod

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Introduction: Yet Another Laptop Wifi Antenna Mod

Add range to your laptop's wifi card by installing a removable antenna which is connected to your internal wireless card via the PCMCIA card slot.

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Step 1: Peices Parts

You need:
An antenna, size matters
A short pigtail connector
A pigtail to RP-TNC connector (can be anything that matches your antenna)
A "blank" PCMCIA card, comes with most dell laptops to fill the PCMCIA slot
Epoxy
optional: copper wire (pulled out of some old Cat5)

Most of these peices came out of one of the many burned up Cisco Aironet 1200 routers I have sitting in my closet

Step 2: Put It Together

Epoxy your connector to the blank PCMCIA card

I added skrews which i tied down with the copper wire for stability

Run the pigtail connector through your PCMCIA cage to your internal wireless card's AUX antenna connector.

Step 3: Done!

Very Nice!

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    20 Discussions

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    joinaqd
    joinaqd

    10 years ago on Introduction

    wow that laptop of yurs is an antique! porbably from the 1900's you should sell it, you probably will get bout $5000- 10000 dollars from a crazy antique collector. LOL

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    The nerdling
    The nerdling

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    i have an oldet one, no touch pad only the ball smaller screen aswell, 4gb hard drive replaced to 20gb replaced to 10gb
    128mb ram, 2.5 mb video, 400mhz cpu, good cd drive no bluetooth or wifi runs xp slowly

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    darkclaw42
    darkclaw42

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     Heh, its got the XP Sticker on it mate. ;) Pretty Modern.

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    dla888
    dla888

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    IBM makes a good solid laptop. I've been eyeing an IBM for awhile, but have never had the money.

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    yawgmoth1
    yawgmoth1

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Ok for the obviously ignorant 3 people at the top, its not a phone antenna...its a router one. Also, thinkpads have ALWAYS looked like dinos...even the new ones still do, its just their style, its a work laptop, not one to play warcraft in your mothers basement with. And yes this works, I made a similar one just not utilizing the pci slot. Mine simply comes out of the top of my screen though its a different model. Nicely done!

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    bowmaster
    bowmaster

    9 years ago on Introduction

    OMG!!!! I did this and I could get a good signal off my wifi from 15 miles away!! You are a god!!! Lol, this is an awesome instructable. I throught it was real for the first 3 seconds.

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    WIFIENGINEER
    WIFIENGINEER

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Looks to be a 850mhz bag phone antenna

    Don't think that would work too well at 2.4ghz LOL

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    totoroben
    totoroben

    10 years ago on Introduction

    You could try to add an antennae to an external card because most laptops are not meant to be tampered with on the inside. This is why they have torx screws.

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    johnboyd
    johnboyd

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Sorry!The add got missing when you sign in. Regardless what makes the signal stronger using this method? I am very interested?

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    johnboyd
    johnboyd

    11 years ago on Step 3

    is this a joke? I am new to here,but why am i seeing an add?

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    sysadmn
    sysadmn

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Clever! If you have the laptop apart again, could you get a picture of the internal connection? Presumably you had to take apart the laptop to get to the antennas?

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    Body4Change.com

    I've been reading a LOT of this WiFi stuff here on our extraordinary Instructables.com and was wondering if anyone has tested the strainer method against the coffee can or pringles method and also against using an old directv satellite and such. Which one would give me the best reception? I'm guessing the satellite dish but I am new to this. TIA!

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    Possum Living
    Possum Living

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Definitely the sat dish. I have an 8' sat dish I plan to try.

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    cyberoidx
    cyberoidx

    12 years ago on Introduction

    WOW. Does this REALLY work? really, it looks a bit unbelieveable :P

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    luke
    luke

    13 years ago

    xD nice work questions tho do you leve this card in your laptop or do un plug it somehow and what kind of signal upgrade do you get when you doo this? luke

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    Crash2108
    Crash2108

    13 years ago

    Already hackadayed...

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    zus
    zus

    13 years ago on Step 3

    Great Sucess