Extending Range on Linksys BEFW11S4

Have a question or want to start a discussion? Post it! No Registration Necessary.  Now with pictures!

Threaded View

I am looking for hacked firmware that can extend the range on my Linksys
router model BEFW11S4. Can anyone send the link or instructions on how to do
this? Thanks

Re: Extending Range on Linksys BEFW11S4

Quoted text here. Click to load it

Doesn't exist.  All the "hacked" firmware is for the Broadcom chipset
used in the Linux based routers such as the WRT54G.

However, if your purpose is to extend the range, it's much more
productive to do it with antennas than by cranking up the power. Let's
say your dream is fullfilled and you find a way to increase the TX
power of your BEFW11S4 from +15dBm to +25dBm.  That's a 10dB increase
which is about what you get with a biquad, coffee can, or panel
antenna.  However, it's only benificial in transmit.  The world can
hear you 10dB better than before, but you can't hear any better than
before you hacked the TX power.  An improved antenna increases both
the TX and RX range.  For every dB of improvement in transmit, you get
the same improvement in receive.  Therefore, you're range increases
symmetrically.  Look for a better antenna.

Incidentally, there's a name for such devices.  They're called
"alligators" which is an animal with a big mouth (TX) and small ears

Jeff Liebermann     jeffl@comix.santa-cruz.ca.us
150 Felker St #D    http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com
Skype: JeffLiebermann     AE6KS    831-336-2558

Re: Extending Range on Linksys BEFW11S4

Jeff, thank you very much for your insightful answer. I will seek out new
antennae. I have seen them out there on the market. Something to learn
everyday. Take care.


Quoted text here. Click to load it

Re: Extending Range on Linksys BEFW11S4

Quoted text here. Click to load it

I have a pair of windsurfer reflectors on my BEFW11S4.
http://www.freeantennas.com EZ-12.
A single one on my Netgear:

Clarence A Dold - Hidden Valley (Lake County) CA USA  38.8,-122.5

Re: Extending Range on Linksys BEFW11S4

Mark wrote:
Quoted text here. Click to load it

Try some reflectors on the cheap.

(Props to http://www.freeantennas.com !)


Site Timeline