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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Wi-Fi® Wireless Networking by Harold Davis

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Chapter 17. Adding Wi-Fi Antennas to Your Network

In this chapter

  • Understanding Wi-Fi antennas

  • Antennas and the FCC

  • Adding an antenna to a Wi-Fi card

  • Adding an antenna to an access point

  • Antenna in a can

  • Where to buy an antenna

Adding antennas to your Wi-Fi network—both to your access point and to the Wi-Fi cards in your computers—can greatly extend the range of your Wi-Fi network.

This chapter explains the ins and outs of antennas. What are the best kind to use and how do they connect? How should an antenna be positioned, and are there other configuration issues? What do antennas cost, and where should you buy yours?

I'll answer these questions and more in this “broadcast blast” of a chapter.

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