What is the best aerial for wireless internet?

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 17:44
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We're just getting our wireless internet organised (Telstra Bigpond) but have no idea which is the appropriate aerial.
Could anyone let me know which seems to work best in most places?
Ken
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Reply By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 18:27

Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 18:27
Glenys and Ken Taree.

I have used a Maxicom aerial on my wireless broadband for about 4 yrs, not sure of the model, they have a few on their website, from memory it cost about $79 and it works really well in regional WA.

No affiliation with this company, just happy with the aerial.

Barry H.
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Reply By: SteveL - Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 18:36

Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 18:36
This guy has plans for a home made one if you have some time on your hands.

Home made Next G antenna
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 18:47

Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 18:47
Steve - Would you please check that link - hovering on it seems to find something, clicking it gives a "file not found" message at http://www.exploroz.com/Forum/www.perite.com/vk7jj/NextGYagi.htmx

Thanks

John
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Follow Up By: Member - Malcolm (Townsville) - Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 19:27

Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 19:27
try this link
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenys & Ken Taree - Friday, Feb 19, 2010 at 09:44

Friday, Feb 19, 2010 at 09:44
This looks great. I will just have to decide whether to make this or spend the $ to buy one and start travelling.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 19:02

Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 19:02
I use an old Maxon home Bluepond modem.

Connects far better than any of the USB versions.

Buy one on Ebay for about $50 Just make sure its UNLOCKED.



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Reply By: Notso - Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 19:03

Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 19:03
You need a telstra Next G compatible antenna.

They range from little things about 15cm long to large stick antennas 90cm or so..

You can get magnetic based ones, permanently mounted types and just something you can stand on the desk near the puter.

Depends on your budget a bit.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenys & Ken Taree - Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 19:59

Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 19:59
Thanks all...
Didn't think to look at other brands- it's just that Telstra offer several different aerials and they were telling us that the different dBi size meant some were better in hilly terrain and others in flat country??? Maybe I will try to speak to some Telstra technical support bod tomorrow?
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Reply By: Member - Jan B (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 20:36

Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 20:36
Hi Glenys & Ken,
We use a RFI Broomstick 6.5 aerial with a comnet solutions splitter box with 2 patch leeds 1 for our bigpond modem and the other for our mobile phone.

We traveled last year through all over the centre and wa and it gave us great reception, we bought all the products on the net ebay.

hope this may help.
Regards Peter & Jan ( retired now )
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenys & Ken Taree - Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 21:25

Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 21:25
Hi Peter and Jan - thanks I will follow up on this
Glenys & Ken (also retired - isn't it tough!)
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Reply By: Tadooch - Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 21:09

Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 21:09
Hi Ken,

I save a lot of links I may need for that one day when I may be able to take off.

This one has been on EO previously... www.comnet.com.au

Lots of info on wireless antennas for mobiles and wireless broadband. The higher the Dbi the better the gain but you also want something you can easily mount on your van or fourby roof in hilly areas.

Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenys & Ken Taree - Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 21:27

Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 21:27
Thanks Tadooch
I Will follow up on this
Ken
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Reply By: paulnsw - Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 21:41

Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 21:41
Where are you looking to mount the aerial?
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenys & Ken Taree - Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 21:48

Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 21:48
I am not looking at the magnetic mounted one as it won't be much use in the places where I want to mount it.
Thinking of just the ordinary one, and I will make my own mount so I can attach it to the caravan or roof rack on the car and can also use it on the metal roof at home as we are in an area which doesn't have very good reception.
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Follow Up By: paulnsw - Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 22:07

Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 at 22:07
the aerial used by the majority of the vans and m/h is the GME AE915 which has a marine fold down base. Generally they mount on side of van and fold up when needed. Tested as best performing whip aerial. Can be ordered from any GME dealer and most marine shops. If you have troubly buying Henrys Radio in Wodonga, VIC sends the most location in Aus for $20.00 freight. Aerial is $110 and $5 for adaptor to fit Bigpond modem.
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