snipped-for-privacy@XReXXIncre.usenet.us.com hath wroth:
Agreed. By the numbers, 6dB gain is good for doubling the range. 12dB gain is 4 times the range. Your existing antenna on the DI-524 has about 2dBi gain at best. If you purchase a 5dBi antenna, you'll improve the gain 3dB or about a 70% increase in range.
Note that you do not increase the gain in one direction without decreasing it in others. Antennas do not generate RF, they merely redirect it. With the reflector arrangement, you increase the signal in the desired direction at the expense of signal in other directions. If you are useing the laptop in other parts of the house, you may lose signal in those directions, especially if the DI-524 is in the middle of the house. A higher gain omni antenna, will increase the signal in all horizontal directions, at the expense of signal going up and down. If your house has multiple floors, then this may also be a problem.
I don't know about the stone walls. I've never had much luck sending RF through concrete.