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    Feb 18, 2009
    Question Does anyone know how to increase power to belkin USB wifi ?
    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

    thank you guys

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    BrianLachoreVPI's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 24, 2011
    March 2011 15" MBP 2.3GHz i7 Quad Core 8GB Ram | Mid 2011 27" iMac 3.4 GHz i7 16 GB RAM 2 TB HDD
    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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    cwa107's Avatar
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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    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:

    Your One Stop for WiFi and Power Products for Mac.
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