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Does anyone know how to increase power to belkin USB wifi ?


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I was wondering how to increase power to a wifi usb so i can reach my router downstairs.

it has 500mA available, however out of the box it runs less.

Here is some more info on the usb stick:

Belkin 54g USB Network Adapter:

Product ID: 0x7050
Vendor ID: 0x050d (Belkin Corporation)
Version: 0.01
Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
Manufacturer: Belkin
Location ID: 0x24100000
Current Available (mA): 500
Current Required (mA): 300

Vendor: Belkin
Device: F5D7050
MAC range: 00:11:50
FCC ID: K7S-F5D7050A
Chipset: rt2571F

Im running an intel 13" macbook
osx 10.6.7

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Unless you're planning to perform surgery on that USB adapter - it's not a possibility. If you need greater range - you'll need to purchase a network adapter that is designed for that something like this or many other possibilities. When Wireless NICs first came out there used to be jacks for external antennas to improve performance - but those have long fallen off these devices.

You may be able to get some additional range if you use the deskstop stand that Belkin provides for those little USB adapters.
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As has already been said, you should be looking at replacement instead of modification. The little USB WiFi NICs have very limited antennas and just don't pull the kind of signal that a good antenna would.

QuickerTek has USB WiFi adapters with REAL antennas that will net you decent range, but they don't come cheap:

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