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  1. Thank you so much for the information about software. I found it quite intriguing. One of my friends is telling me that it is not possible to use a netgear or other router to convert the SMA antenna signal into a Cat5 signal. He suggests buying a product like this - https://www.ebay.com/itm/USED-Ubiquiti-Rocket-M2-airMAX-2-4GHz/292905224572?epid=2254392769&hash=item443283097c%3Ag%3AlIEAAOSw~5dcMTbZ%3Ark%3A2%3Apf%3A0 Do you think it's necessary to use such a product? Or would it be possible to install software via thumdrive to a router (I believe many of them run linux). Once the 2.4GHz antenna is finished, I may look to build a 5GHz one and so it would be great to not have to use two converters for the two different frequencies. McNeil managed to two antennas using a 'T' with the coax (I think). I'm hoping to connect one antenna to each of the two SMA ports on a router. Thank you in advance for your ideas.
  2. Thank you very much. I did cut the piece and looked at the components. Store-brand dipole antennas use very thin wiring (magnifying glass thin), but I'll see if it can be made to work. If not, might be nec. to buy an SMA.
  3. Hello; I am sharing a question about checking WiFi signals nearby. After researching antennas and how Andrew McNeil does testing, I'm curious if this can be done without special equipment. I have a regular laptop running linux and an older netgear router. Since the router has regular SMA connectors, it should be possible to hook either a cantenna or yagi directly to the router and then use Cat5 cable to hook straight to a computer. What I wonder is, how can I troubleshoot wireless signal strength if there's a unit between the computer and the outside? For those with paid wifi service, I assume the router is designed to work with their signal. However if I'm just moving around a home-built antenna then I don't know if a weak signal would be due to the router or the position of the antenna. I have a USB wifi antenna ( https://images.jet.com/md5/22e0fa962eac638ffd03c7b2a7205b2d.1500 )which will allow my computer to search wifi signals, but this would need a flexible cable between the laptop and the built antenna. So far though, I'm working to figure this out without buying items. I have a philosophy of not buying stuff and so I make these things myself when it's simple enough. I thank you in advance for any advice that you have. Aaron
  4. Hello to you; I'm coming here in hopes of learning more about self-built wireless antennas. So far I've watched a great number of Andrew McNeil's videos and have largely decided on this multi-element yagi The issue for me is that I have a philosophy of avoiding money and purchases whenever possible. I build what I need out of found items and what I have nearby. So while I have plenty of copper house wiring (for the elements themselves), some wood and metal for a spine, and a soldering iron -- what I don't have is a metal SMA connector. So my first question is, would it be possible to repurpose a dipole antenna piece for this? Since there are two points which need to be soldered (like an electric outlet) there would need to be two conductive parts on the dipole. I assume that one of the two cylinders could be that part, but I don't know if it's the one on the blue arrow or the one on the red. It does seem possible that this piece could be used for a cantenna by isolating the cylinder from the can itself and I will likely try that with one of these. I thank you in advance for your expertise Aaron