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Hi, I found that many recent released Linksys routers not longer have those antennas outside the box.At the mean time, we can see D-Link still have their antennas around and netgear is doing half and half(may be more without it).
My question is about this. Does this change in design really indicates that most of those little and cheap antennas does nothing on the signal quality and range? Or can those onboard internal antennas just perform just as good as those common cheap plastic looking antennas? Or Linksys and netgear are just looking for some new design to stimulate their sales numbers regardless the quality of their product?

Yes, I know that the signal quality and effective range of the wireless network is related to a lot a lot a lot things. But I would love to know a bit more related to this little topic.

Thanks for any idea or explanation in advance.
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