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    Default External wifi antenna for notebook computer

    I have a Thinkpad t60 which I use on the boat mainly. It has what I think is a socket for an external antenna- has a symbol a bit like an exclamation mark tapering towards a point at the top. Anyway, I have been using the wifi at the marina which is just about OK, but I was wondering if an external antenna would improve reception- I'm not sialing at the moment as I am in the middle of a big refit and being able to watch something mindless after a hard day's graft is a real bonus! Reception is not good enough for live TV over the internet but iplayer is OK. I have done a search and can't find much out there, at least in the UK. Any suggestions?

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    Check wifispark out for their excellent Repeatit USB wifi antenna

    http://www.wifispark.com/wifi-produc...otspot-booster


    Or Pessimist of this parish is involved in wifi systems, and might be able to advise.
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    If you're a DIY type, try Googling "cantenna".

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    I have used a small Hawking dish antenna. Excellent!

    Product Details from Amazon
    Hawking Hi-Gain Indoor 8dbi Wi-Fi Dish Antenna (HAI8DD)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bromleybysea View Post
    . . . . Reception is not good enough for live TV over the internet but iplayer is OK. . . .
    If you sign up for the following link, not only do you get a far wider set of live TV programs, they are live to air and FREE!

    http://www.tvcatchup.com/

    In comparison, i-Player is a bit passe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sarabande View Post
    Check wifispark out for their excellent Repeatit USB wifi antenna

    http://www.wifispark.com/wifi-produc...otspot-booster
    I agree the Repeatit is good. However, after 2 years good use mine got dropped from a height of about 2m and has not worked since (with no obvious loose wire or connection).

    I have since bought one of http://wifipartner.net/alfa-network-...enna-p-47.html. It is about one quarter the price of the Repeatit and seems to work pretty well. With the simple 5dBi antenna supplied it definitely gives a major improvement over the internal laptop aerial. If more gain is needed then better antennas can be bought for 20 or less. I am thinking of wiring it to the directional (patch) antenna in the Repeatit.

    If you are concerned about 1W transmission (illegal in Europe, depending on the antenna used?), then you can reduce the transmit power (using a soft slider) from 1% to 100%. Overall, a good product.
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    I am also on an IBM T60 and there is no external antenna socket , were is this socket you think is for wifi ?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmcgee View Post
    I am also on an IBM T60 and there is no external antenna socket , were is this socket you think is for wifi ?.
    I agree - there is no provision for direct connection of an external wifi antenna.

    The Repeatit and Alfa units suggested above connect to the laptop through a USB socket. They have their own driver and completely replace the internal aerial and original driver.
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    I can thoroughly recommend these for boosting you wifi: http://shop.ebay.co.uk/?_from=R40&_t...ss+%2B+Antenna

    If you only want TV, how about http://shop.ebay.co.uk/?_from=R40&_t...order+Receiver (you need to be in an area with decent TV signal though)

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