updated 12:55 am EDT, Mon July 11, 2005
QuickerTek PB Antenna
QuickerTek today announced a (those running 1.3GHz or slower). "This omni-directional antenna is ideal for those users who regularly need the ability to work in various wireless network configurations and cannot predict the positioning of the AirPort Base Station or access point. Omni-directional antennas are designed to offer the best possible all-around utility for highly mobile PowerBook users in AirPort and AirPort Extreme networks." Unlike other omni-directional antenna designs, this one offers more power - almost twice as much - providing access to a larger number of wireless networks from a single point."
The antenna mounts on the back of the PowerBook screen using a supplied bracket that does not mar the finish of the PowerBook, yet secures the antenna when in use, according ot the company. "Once installed, this antenna is available anytime the PowerBook is running. There are no complicated cables to attach and reattach, nor changes to how PowerBook users connect to wireless networks."
The new antenna features 7dbi of RF power, is omni-directional; it is available for $50 and includes a one-year warranty on parts and labor.