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diedwater
any CF WIFI card with Ext. Antenna port? just carious, or is it possible to mod one?
Da_Blitz
If you do a search you should find a thread or two on it but i tend to get mixed results when i search

anyway, quick answer is "do you have a soldering iorn" as this is the best way to do it, i havent ever seen a CF wifi card with external antenna, i just soldered one on myself
dproldan
The DLink DCF-660W has a SWD type connector under the case, probably used at the factory for radio calibration.
I don't know if it's possible to find an antenna or pigtail with that connector.

Take a look at this page, they've done something with a PC Card.
http://johnvu.net/blog/archives/000117.php
Da_Blitz
Thats the same as the netgear card i had (both actually)

i just cut the conector off and soldered directly to the pcb
diedwater
QUOTE(Da_Blitz @ Jun 29 2006, 02:57 AM)
Thats the same as the netgear card i had (both actually)

i just cut the conector off and soldered directly to the pcb
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ya, i can do mods like that, but can u supply a lil more info? i m pretty new to this. ^__^ thank you for all the reply tho
Da_Blitz
Gnd is on the outside?

really you dont need more info, just clip the connector off, drill a hole in the case and thread tho cable throgh and solder, signol is soldered in the middle and gnd/shield on the ouside ring

i thoght i needed more info as well
diedwater
QUOTE(Da_Blitz @ Jun 29 2006, 08:32 PM)
Gnd is on the outside?

really you dont need more info, just clip the connector off, drill a hole in the case and thread tho cable throgh and solder, signol is soldered in the middle and gnd/shield on the ouside ring

i thoght i needed more info as well
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awesome, i ll try that out later tonight, thanks for the help!
Da_Blitz
When i get my site up i will gladly wirte an article on how to do it if you can supply me with some pics so we can help others out
Legodude522
QUOTE(Da_Blitz @ Jun 29 2006, 06:57 AM)
Thats the same as the netgear card i had (both actually)

i just cut the conector off and soldered directly to the pcb
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Wouldn't it be fin to kep the connector on?
BarryW
QUOTE(Legodude522 @ Sep 11 2006, 06:44 AM)
QUOTE(Da_Blitz @ Jun 29 2006, 06:57 AM)
Thats the same as the netgear card i had (both actually)

i just cut the conector off and soldered directly to the pcb
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Wouldn't it be fin to kep the connector on?
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Sometimes it's hard to find a pigtail with the right connector on it. Usually they have U.FL Hirose connectors. Don't quote me on that though.
Capn_Fish
Did any of this ever get written up?
Capn_Fish
I guess not. Anybody care to do a write-up/point me to a write-up? I've searched, but didn't find anything.

Thanks.
Da_Blitz
Actuallty i took some more blury photos last week of the process, just havent written it up yet.

pm me to remind me to get around to it
Da_Blitz
well i just had a look around and i managed to delete the wifi card pull apart pics in the upgrade i have done in the last couple of days (basically a full rip up job of the network and storage, rebuilt from the ground up, ironically its now set up to help prevent me from losing data)

i might have a backup that i will look into but as i have a card thats not working i will pull that one apart for the demonstration

one word of warning: this is a very very hard hack to pull off with a good chance of permanently damaging hardware, this isnt a normal disclaimer, i have personally destroyed 2 wifi cards as its a B%^$ to solder onto, which in turn causes the radio chipset to get to hot

you really need the right equipment. if you dont have a high wattage soldering iron, good soldering skills (ie soldered for an hour or 3 in the past 2 weeks) and a way of cooling down the rest of the device (clip on heatsinks work well) then i would not attempt this

if you can get a cable then get one and leave it at that, its your best bet.

--- EDIT ---
thanks for the PM messages, i did get them but the upgrade took longer than anticipated (had ta account for several hundred gigs of data, don't want to lose anything)
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