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The user guide recommends how to position the antennas when the router is sitting on a shelf, but I would like to get some advice for antenna possitioning when mounting the unit on a wall.
04-27-2014 10:36 PM
Antenna positioning typically doesn't matter too much with home wireless networks since the range is usually short.
04-28-2014 09:00 AM
Actually I'm trying to get better range than I have now. I'd like to use my laptop out in the back yard. In the user manual, they have suggested positioning for single and multiple story homes. Trying to get a signal in the back yard would be something like a multiple story large home. But in the documentation, they don't address how to position the antennas when mounting on a wall.
04-28-2014 09:09 AM - edited 04-28-2014 09:10 AM
In this case you don't want to locate it in the basement.
Locate the router on the main floor preferably in a window open to the back yard. Exterior wall material such as Stucco or metal siding will require using a windows because of the metal or mesh.
04-28-2014 10:33 AM
One way that works is to get a large cardboard box and line the inside with tin foil in a concave pattern. Now place the router close or inside and use this as a directional antenna. Works quite will for me and gives be about a 20% increase in signal strength in the direction I want. Simple.
04-28-2014 11:06 PM
From the research I've done since my original question, the suggested positioning (in the pictures in my previous post) would be really bad if it were mounted on a wall. I'm speculating that what would be more appropriate would be for them to be in the same plane as the unit itself and probably pointed up and/or down.
04-30-2014 02:24 AM
I also agree with sabretooth. If you are to mount the router on a wall, place it where it can provide the most signal coverage (i.e. farthest wall of a room) and position the side and bottom antennas slightly outward and pointing to where it can propagate the widest signal.
04-30-2014 07:04 AM
I would suggest to point the side antennas at a 45 degree angle and the back antennas traight up when mounting on a wall for multi story buildings. It seems like they designed them so the length of the antenna acts as a conductor, which means that when all antennas are vertical you would get less signal on the story above. I've tested this using my Asus PCE-68 in comination with the WRT1900AC and it actualy does work like this.