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using a laptop inside an aluminum camper - antenna ideas?

Discussion in 'Beginners Area' started by Cpt.Tired, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. Cpt.Tired

    Cpt.Tired New Member

    Has anyone had experience hooking up some kind of remote external antenna to their laptop to reduce exposure to the computer signal? I don't want to get microwaved while using my laptop in my camper!
    I know that you can purchase external antennas for laptops but do they turn off the transmission from the internal antenna when they are hooked up? If they don't then they would be useless for reducing exposure.
    I'm sure others have run into this problem.
  2. Michalis

    Michalis New Member

    Last edited: Nov 2, 2018
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  3. drezy

    drezy Gold

    Put in an inline usb optoisolator for extra credit.
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  4. Cpt.Tired

    Cpt.Tired New Member

    Awesome! Thanks guys!
  5. Cpt.Tired

    Cpt.Tired New Member

    would this work with a regular PC tower as well?
  6. drezy

    drezy Gold

    If it had USB and an appropriate driver installed.

    You could also run ethernet cable from a remote location. CAT 6 ethernet cable is rated for 330feet.
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  7. Phosphene

    Phosphene Gold (finally)

  8. drezy

    drezy Gold

    What I don't like about it is the

    "DC to DC converter" inside of it I'd rather see it battery powered. I found no such product at this point.

    Also it goes up to "Full Speed"
    "up to Full Speed 12Mbps"
    That's fine for mice and keyboards. Other devices would need to be checked.

    Could it make the environment cleaner? Yes, but measuring would be needed to ensure.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2018
  9. Forest

    Forest New Member

    Isn’t there an alarm if this goes wrong
  10. Michalis

    Michalis New Member

  11. drezy

    drezy Gold

    I see no reason it can't be hacked unless it's totally encased in plastic. Not that there won't be an ugly end in a box outside, but hey. You'd want to choose a passive voltage regulator. Depending on your location you're panel might jam emf right down your power line though. So maybe 2 batteries so you charge one while using the other disconnected one.
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  12. ross wells rodgers

    ross wells rodgers New Member

  13. Cpt.Tired

    Cpt.Tired New Member

    finally got to try this idea...did not work...I installed a ASUS USB-N13 into the computer USB port, installed the software from windows update, then plugged a USB extension into another USB port (since the ASUS has no input). I disabled the wifi(I think....I pressed the wifi button to "off" on the keyboard). No wifi without the internal antenna enabled...

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