Long-range WIFI dongle reccomendation


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by coffeeman » Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:40 pm
Can anyone reccomend a log-range WIFI dongle from the raspberry pi?

Thanx
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by f32mark » Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:01 pm
I've read about people increasing wifi ranges on a USB dongle by simply adding a home made antenna. here is a good place to start: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-range_Wi-Fi
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by cave » Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:20 pm
There are some cheap (4$) USB Wifi Dongles out on eBay Ralink rt2800usb RT5370 chipped.
for 6$ there is also a version available with a RP-SMA Connector, where you can add your bigger antenna...
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by Grumpy Mike » Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:55 pm
f32mark wrote:I've read about people increasing wifi ranges on a USB dongle by simply adding a home made antenna.

While this will work, in many cases it makes the equipment illegal, as it is not the system that was tested and received type approval. In the UK this is the case anyway.
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by malakai » Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:52 pm
Just curious what do you define long range

while a small usb adapter won't have much range

http://ogemraywireless.en.made-in-china.com/custom-detail/xmnxQmJjeEyQEmJxQQnVMEAm/Rt5370-Mini-WiFi-USB-Adapter-With-Compeitive-Price.html

Something like this with a 2dBi I think would go twice as far.

http://ogemraywireless.en.made-in-china.com/offer/AeqQdkycLHWo/Sell-Rt5370-Mini-WiFi-USB-Adapter-With-2dBi-Antenna-GWF-3S4T-.html

An ultimate would be a cantenna which is strictly directional just need the right connector on a usb card. But I guess is illegal in UK :(

http://www.cantenna.com/

If cabling is an option CAT5 can go pretty far so this is possible get the adapter closer to the signal. Not sure the antenna but larger device so more surface.

http://www.iogear.com/product/preview.php?p=GWU627
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by Brewgod23 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:50 pm
If I buy "Ralink rt2800usb RT5370" wifi adapter I will not have to use the Occidentalis v0.2 (Adafruit Raspberry Pi Educational Linux Distro) to be able to use a Wifi adapter? I believe this Distro is for Wifi adapters with RTL8192cu chip-set.

Thanks for the help.
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by ferjeezy » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:21 am
I have that same dongle and it works perfectly fine in the Raspbian image.
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by Brewgod23 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:35 am
ferjeezy,

which gong do you have? Did you have to do anything special to make it work? Or did it straight out of the box, plug and play?
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by Grauhut » Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:51 am
coffeeman wrote:Can anyone reccomend a log-range WIFI dongle from the raspberry pi?

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