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Linksys WRT High Gain Antenna Review – How to Boost Wi-Fi

Linksys WRT High Gain Antenna Review – How to Boost Wi-Fi

There are all sorts of devices which are designed to maximise our Wi-Fi performance. From the obvious, such as a new high spec router or USB adapter to boosters/extenders…thr0ugh powerline networking. Today we take a look at something a little different to all that. A set of new antenna. This is our Linksys WRT High Gain Antenna Review (How to Boost Wi-Fi).

Linksys WRT High Gain Antenna Review – How to Boost Wi-Fi – The Product

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As far as packaging and bundle go, there isn’t much going on here. We get a Linksys box with WRT styling. It gives a few key details about the product and what it does. No manual, no install guide, no extras. That’s fine though, we don’t need them as this is a very simple product. Shown above in the second image is our new high gain antenna on top with the standard antenna below. In terms of length the new antenna is 25cm long vs around 9cm for the standard.

What do they do? They offer a boost of  up to 4 dBi on the 2.4 GHz band and up to 7 dBi on the 5 GHz band. They can be bought in packs of two or four and installation uses the standard screw RP-SMA connector on routers such as the WRT1200. We simply unscrew the old antenna and screw in the new one. Done.

Linksys WRT High Gain Antenna Review – How to Boost Wi-Fi – Results

To test the WRT High Gain Antennas we used two scenarios. The first was to use a laptop, the second a smartphone. Both support 2.4Ghz and 5GHz wireless-ac and were connected to a Linksys WRT series AC router.




The first thing that needs pointed out about the graphs above, in case you didn’t notice, is that lower is better… so the closer the results move to the left the better the signal… and with that in mind, we saw gains in performance across the board with the high gain antenna. We tested on two floors and the gains were very similar on both at the edge of the building furthest away from the router. We had expected that the smartphone would show more gains than the laptop but that didn’t happen, both gained a decent amount of dBm.

The only down-side to the product really is the price. At $99 for the 4 pack it is a significant purchase…some pretty decent routers cost that. For those who want to maximise the performance from their existing router though, this is an easy to install option with no set-up required… and there is no doubt that people will notice your cool WRT  (or RP-SMA compatible) router!

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