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Repeater antenna question

Discussion in 'General Wireless Discussion' started by d0g, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. d0g

    d0g Occasional Visitor

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    My base router is an Asus AC87U, and I'm using an AC68U as a repeater. Works pretty well; the AC68U reports "Link rate: 234 Mbps, RSSI: -58 dBm" and we get up to 60 mbps (of our 200mbps) through it.

    The AC87U is in the guest house/office, with just 1 ethernet client, and the AC68U is in the main house, with several WiFi clients. They're separated by about 50 feet of outdoor space, and several (thin) walls & windows.

    Now, the AC68U is missing one antenna, so I want to buy a replacement.

    But while I'm at it – would it help to replace the stock antennae with something like those long-range 9dBi ? Or 6dBi?

    And if so, would I want to do that on both routers? Or just the base?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Greg72

    Greg72 Regular Contributor

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    Really depends on the channel, channel bandwidth and if you are using either 2.4 or 5ghz.
     
  3. d0g

    d0g Occasional Visitor

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    Currently using 2.4 ... Auto channel and bandwidth
     
  4. Greg72

    Greg72 Regular Contributor

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    That would be why you are only seeing the 60mbps.
     
  5. d0g

    d0g Occasional Visitor

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    I'm OK with 60 (the 68 doesn't seem to work as repeater on 5ghz, at least with merlin f/w) – but I still need to order new antennae.
    So should I get 9dbi or standard? And on which end? I'm guessing the base router.
     
  6. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

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    Go ahead and try the 9dBi, but put them on both ends of the connection. But don't expect miracles.