I'm wondering whether I should add an antenna to my router, or replace a remote 802.11g device with a more robust device, or both.
I have a d-link di-524 802.11g wireless router and a d-link dwl-g120 usb 802.11g dongle at a remote pc about 30 feet away. The remote pc is a Dell Dimension 4600C, which contains only a single half-height PCI slot, and I chose a USB dongle since there are few half-height PCI802.11g cards on the market.
The remote PC functions as an HTPC (home theater PC), and therefore sits on a low shelf in my TV cart. The positioning is very unfavorable in terms of interference from all the nearby electronics, and I rarely obtain good signals even though the router is only 30 feet away, and I frequently lose the signal entirely. OTOH, when I bring a laptop home from work and wander around the house, I get good signals on the laptop, so I think that the problem is due more to the dwl-g120 dongle and its environment than to the router.
It would be relatively cheap and easy to add an antenna to the router, but I don't know whether that will provide adequate two-way communication if the dwl-g120 is unable to transmit adequately.
Another alternative is to replace the dwl-g120 with a Hawking HWU54D high-gain USB wireless-G adapter:Do you have any opinions as to which will work better? Or should I just buy the router antenna and then try the USB device if necessary?