updated 02:00 pm EDT, Wed July 7, 2004
, a division of Cisco Systems, today announced a line of high-gain antennas to be used with select Linksys Wireless-B and Wireless-G products. Developed to help increase the effective range of a Linksys home or small business wireless network, the new antenna solutions include a pair of TNC Connector Antennas (HGA7T), a single SMA Connector Antenna (HGA7S) and Antenna Stands (AS1SMA and AS2TNC) for mounting the antennas to walls or ceilings. Pricing is $30 each for the stands and $60 each for the attachable antennas.
The pair of TNC connector antennas are designed to help increase both the effective strength of outgoing Wi-Fi signals and the receive sensitivity for incoming signals for improved range. The attachable dual TNC connector antennas are FCC approved for the following Linksys devices: WRT54GS, WRT54G, WAP54G, BEFW11S4, WAP11, and the new AS2TNC Antenna Stand. The single SMA connector antenna is ideal for connecting to single antenna wireless adapters, bridges and routers, including the WRV54G, WMP54GS, WMP54G, WET54G, and the new AS1SMA Antenna Stand. Linksys say the attachable antennas can be easily installed by simply unscrewing the currently attached antennas and replacing them with the high gain antennas. The TNC and SMA antenna are $60 and are available now, according to the company.
Linksys has also launched two new antennas stands to be used with the TNC and SMA connector antennas. The antenna stands allow users to mount the antennas on walls or ceilings up to 6 feet away to obtain a clearer signal to other devices on their wireless network. Each is $30.