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Linksys WRT160N Modified with External Antenna

lim_daniel Wrote:

Just managed to recover my WRT160N from being bricked, and decided to mod the router since warranty is gone...

There are 2 tiny antennas on the PCB. And they are soldered on to the right top side of the PCB. The solder points for the antennas are considerably large and easy to solder even for beginners.

I ripped 2 RP-SMA connectors from 2 old aironet bridges and soldered them onto the PCB. Took 2 old linksys antenna and plugged them in.

I have not substantiated if the coverage is better yet, but preliminary tests shown consistency over a further distance.

It works very well.

The completed WRT160N modded with 2 WRT54 Antenna.

  • Linksys WRT160N Ant Mod a

The back view.

  • Linksys WRT160N Ant Mod b

The back view with removed antennas.

  • Linksys WRT160N Ant Mod c

The solder points and antenna cables.

  • Linksys WRT160N Ant Mod d

Detailed Solder Points.

  • Linksys WRT160N Ant Mod e

Left Antenna Exit. Used a hot iron to poke in a hole.

  • Linksys WRT160N Ant Mod f

Right Antenna Exit and solder points.

  • Linksys WRT160N Ant Mod g

Enjoy.

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