3.) Ok, so I read a few articles from Cisco on setting the proper distance between the antenna for diversity to work correctly. Well, after all that it turns out you need to keep the antenna’s 1 wavelength apart, which for our purposes is 4.91 inches. You can go more that that and not have much affect, but it seems you need to keep it 4.91″ or more…less is bad. In our case, less is bad anyway because you start running into internal components that I would rather not drill into… I measured about 5 inches and marked my spots to drill.
Now the fun begins,
The gray colored wires are the 2.4Ghz antenna cables, they are soldered to the board.
The black colored wires are the 5.0 Ghz cables, they are connected to the board with a tiny snap-in connector (if anyone knows what these are called let me know!)
4.) Heat up the solder on the gray wires with a solder gun and remove the wires from the board.
Notice that there are actually two solder points here, one that connect the outer sheath of the cable (the larger solder drop), and one that connects the tiny, tiny, tiny wire that runs in the middle of the cable. If you are 40 or over, get out your bifocals! Or at least a good magnifying glass! I personally couldn’t see the tiny wire very well until I took the digital picture and zoomed in.
Here are the original internal antennas, remove them.
Remove the old internal antennas, you won’t need them.
5.) Cut the new antenna cable that will be soldered to the board. (make sure you have enough length to get this done right, my kit had 4 different lengths of cable and I had to move them around to make sure all four would fit and leave enough slack for me to solder.)
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