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Attaching a Wifi Antenna

Written on February 27, 2014 by Brett Nordquist
At Puget Systems we offer a number of motherboards, some of which include wireless networking capabilities. This is often referred to as 802.11 A/B/G/N or AC. 
A good rule of thumb when it comes to connecting to the internet is that wired beats wireless in terms of speed and reliability. A wired network is also far less susceptible to interterference. If you have the option of connecting to the internet via wired or wireless, we recommend using a wired connection. 
But sometimes running an ethernet cable to your computer isn't an option. This is where a wireless connection can come in handy, and we've created this article to make sure you're taking full advantage of the motherboard's wireless capabilities. 
If you've purchased a Puget Systems system that included onboard wireless, you'll want to make sure you've attached the wireless antanna to the back of your new PC. We attach this antenna while testing your system, but then we package it up and place it in a plastic bag found alongside the rest of the extra parts and manuals in the white retangular box we include with all new PCs. 
Here's an example of the antenna you're looking for on a newer PC using the Asus X79 Deluxe motherboard that attaches to the back of your computer via two connectors. 
Older Asus motherboards have white anntennas that have a single connection point. This an example of the anntenna included with the Asus P9X79 Deluxe motherboard
We also sell standalone wireless adapters that include an antenna you'll need to attach to the back of your computer and then position, ideally in a manner with the most direct path to your wireless router. Here is what our current Intel 7260 wireless and Bluetooth adapter looks like when attached. The green part will be inside your PC so you'll need to look for the two connection points off the back of your PC. 
So to recap: If you can connect your computer to the internet via wired connection, that's your best bet. If that's not an option, then make sure the antenna is attached to the back of your computer for the best wireless performance. It helps to position the antenna as high as you can get it off the ground, and as close to a straight shot from your wireless router as possible. 
The antenna can be found in the white box of extra parts included with your new PC. 
If you have questions about the motherboard that came with your Puget Systems computer, please call or email support. 
Tags: Wireless, WIFI, 802.11
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Posted on 2019-02-21 11:39:28
Mark Widick

Are there hi gain antennas available over the antenna provided?

Posted on 2020-09-26 15:13:28

Hi Mark! I have, personally, used several high-gain antennas on both WiFi cards in computers as well as on routers. In my experience, most of the high-gain antennas are substantially larger than those bundled with cards (or motherboards that have built-in WiFi) but they tend to connect directly, rather than having a cord. This means they cannot be positioned as easily for better reception, and so they don't always end up performing better (again, in my experience). Thankfully, almost all of these devices seem to use the same size of antenna connection - so it isn't very hard to swap to other antennas and give them a try.

Posted on 2020-09-28 18:44:05
Mark Widick

Can you distinguish the function of each antenna connection? Both Wifi or is one Bluetooth? Different frequencies? Thanks

Posted on 2020-09-28 20:02:34

Hmm, you bring up a good point! I've only used upgraded antennas for WiFi, never for Bluetooth, so I am not sure if the performance of BT is impacted by changing the antenna or not. If that is a big concern for you, I would advise sticking with the supplied antenna since it will have been selected / designed to handle both wireless standards.

Posted on 2020-09-28 20:25:53