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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 9:36 pm    Post subject: WRTP54G Wireless Antenna Connector - What Type Is It ??? Reply with quote Back to top

My WRTP54G phone router is located in the basement and the signal is not very good upstairs. I want to detach the antenna and move it upstairs and mount it on the wall but I cant find any info on the type of connector & cable that is required.

I think I need a RP-SMA on one end - don't know what the opposite gender would be for the other end....or do I need an R-TNC???

Also I think I need 50OHM cable but not sure about that either.

Can any one help me with this?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Instead of trying to run COAX - which is never any fun and gives you considerable loss, why not just run CAT5 twisted pair and move the router to where you want it? You could use a second CAT5 run (still easier than one COAX run) to go back if there are other items where you have the router now.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

The only problem with that is that I'm also using all 4 ethernet ports and I have 2 phones lines connected. I would need to re-route 2 phone lines, 4 CAT5 lines, and the WAN line.

I only need to go about 8 feet to get the antenna upstairs so I thought that would be the best way to go.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Moving the router means more cabling, true (though you can mitigate that with a cheap 5-port switch). However, all of that cabling is lossless to the signal (adding 8 feet to a phone or CAT5 cable adds no noticeable signal loss). Adding 8 feet of coax to the router antenna can give you some fairly significant signal losses.

To minimize cabling:

1. Get a cheap 5-port switch. That way, you need one cable up from your modem to the router, and one from the router back down to the switch.

2. Get a couple of 2-line phone adapters and a 4-conductor phone cable. That way, you can combine the PHONE1 and PHONE2 into a single wire that goes back down to a splitter.

To answer your original question - I have a WRTP54G and the letters "SMA" are etched into the plastic on the antenna. To be safe, I'd take the unit down to your local Radio Shack or other hobbyist electronics shop and see if they have the actual cable in stock, but a simple SMA extension cable should do the trick.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

It does looks like it is an SMA connector - so you would need an SMA extension cable (plug on one end, jack on the other) to move an antenna. I would recommend gettitng a pre-made cable unless you have a LOT of experience at RF cable crimping, as the loss will go up quickly. Given that all your ports are ties up, one other choice that could work for you would be to get an ethernet hug (not even a switch) and another access point. The second access point should be "just" an access point, not an access point/router.

The hub would get you more ports on the router that you have, nothing more, while connecting the acccess point to one of the LAN ports on the router will give you an extension access point operating in bridge mode off of the same network (I have a set up like this using a WRT54G as the router with a Netgear WGR101 Travel AP as the bridge mode access point). In that configuration, you effectively extend the range of the WiFi. You can either turn off the WiFi on the main unit, or you can give both the same SSID (and key if you don't run open) and then you should have hand over. In my configuration, a WiFi phone will hand over between the Linksys and Netgear, giving good coverage without running any COAX anywhere.
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