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My wife has a two-year old G4 Powerbook running Tiger. She's really happy with it and it runs like a champ but, as is common with the Powerbooks in the aluminum cases, her wireless reception around the house isn't great. I realize that I could go the “can-tenna” route and just rig something together, but aesthetics are a bit of a concern for her. I'm thinking of just buying a USB wireless adapter to expand her range a bit and I'd appreciate any recommendations. I'd like to keep it to around $100 or less.

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My wife has a two-year old G4 Powerbook running Tiger. She's really happy with it and it runs like a champ but, as is common with the Powerbooks in the aluminum cases, her wireless reception around the house isn't great. I realize that I could go the “can-tenna” route and just rig something together, but aesthetics are a bit of a concern for her. I'm thinking of just buying a USB wireless adapter to expand her range a bit and I'd appreciate any recommendations. I'd like to keep it to around $100 or less.

Thanks a lot,
Alex
Start simple and then move to the more extravagant. Can-tennas are highly directional, so that would be a real pain. The first thing I would try is repositioning your router to an optimal position. Then, try "high gain" antennas. What make/model of router is it?

Check out the Wireless Networking FAQ for more information on positioning.

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I'm using a Linksys WRTP54G VOIP router. I actually did hook in a high gain antenna that greatly expanded the range around the house - my Dell Inspirion laptop (which, for the record, is running SuSE Linux) gets great reception even into my back yard. The Powerbook is still a little lacking though.

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Start simple and then move to the more extravagant. Can-tennas are highly directional, so that would be a real pain. The first thing I would try is repositioning your router to an optimal position. Then, try "high gain" antennas. What make/model of router is it?

Check out the Wireless Networking FAQ for more information on positioning.
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