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RT-AC5300 with larger antennas for better coverage

Discussion in 'ASUS AC Routers & Adapters' started by Logi, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. Logi

    Logi Regular Contributor

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    Is it possible to replace the existing antennas of the RT-AC5300 with bigger ones with higher gain to increase the router coverage? Thanks
     
  2. maxbraketorque

    maxbraketorque Senior Member

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    Without increasing the signal strength broadcasted by the client, there isn't much to be gained. I tried once before with my AC68U, and didn't see any useful increase in range.
     
  3. TonyH

    TonyH Very Senior Member

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    Also hi gain antenna is diretional vs. omni-directional due to radiation pattern change.
     
  4. dlandiss

    dlandiss Senior Member

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    Thanks to the reciprocity principle, antenna gain affects reception equally to transmission.

    The trade-off (see message 3) is directionality. Actually that can be a benefit--we don't need to waste signal (or accept interference from) above or below the networked clients, so horizontal directivity can be helpful.
     

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