I'm wanting to shift a 54G dongle and attached biquad antenna about 25 feet away from the PC.
The options as I see it are to use:
- two USB cables with a powered hub in the middle,
- or USB CAT5 cable extenders to the 54G dongle.
The questions are:
- Which is the best option?
- does the dongle have to be attached to a powered hub at the end of the CAT5 adapter to supply sufficient current?
- am I likely to get significant signal delay with either of these setups?
Unfortunately for Jeff L the adapter is a Realtek.
I am however pleased to say that it is the most effective device I've tried in this really bad location.
It's one of those supposedly high power dongles off Ebay, which actually is "hi power" - quite amazing performance compared to my Belkin PCI card and a Belkin dongle I also have.
Just for interest, the signal path goes through a double brick wall, past a large fridge in the next room, through two more single brick walls to a Belkin access point on the other side of the house.
Not a bad effort getting 90% signal at 54G, but I have to move the antenna because I'm getting interference from the next door neighbours Apple Air Wifi immediately adjacent - even using the biquad and with aluminium insulation in the wall between us.
So what's the go on the cables :-)