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802.11N and the whole 3 Antenna dealie

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I want to install a Draft-N card in my Aspire One, which comes with a B/G Chipset

 

The question is, will it work with only 2 antenna connectors? I'm guessing it will - just not as well?

 

Cheers,

--Matt

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My understanding is that yes, it will work. if you want b/g capability, I would probably knock off the 5gig antennae if it has one.

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Some 802.11n gear only requires two antennae.

 

I'm sure there's an Aspire One enthusiast out there that knows the best 802.11n option though.

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Some 802.11n gear only requires two antennae.

 

I'm sure there's an Aspire One enthusiast out there that knows the best 802.11n option though.

 

Yeah there's a few that have chucked an Atheros 5008 in there, but I don't know what sort of reception that'll get compared to the one it's already got that only needs 2 antennae.

 

I might just give it a test by swapping the one from my MBP into it...

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yeah the card worked with only 2 antennae connected.

 

I just found out that the Broadcom 802.11N cards only use two, so it must be fine with just two on the Atheros too, just no MIMO.

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...Some 802.11n gear only requires two antennae...

Some 802.11v gear does, too - I'm looking at one of our company products that has the Tx/Rx and Rx Only antenna setup, and our upcoming 802.11b/g/n/i toy only has two as well (mind you, it'll be outputting up to 600mW on G, so...). :]

 

Back to the OP - you'll probably find for best reception and performance in marginal/dodgy/noisy environments you might need the three sticks.

 

Methinks you'd best doing a Suck It 'n See to find out what that thing thinks it wants for best performance.

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