I just recently purchased the Netgear N750 Modem-router. It doesn't have any antennas like the nighthawk one I wish I could afford. But I was wondering; if I purchase a USB port antenna and plug it into the back, will it work? I think the usb port on the back of the modem was meant to plug a memory drive into
I just recently purchased the Netgear N750 Modem-router. It doesn't have any antennas like the nighthawk one I wish I could afford. But I was wondering; if I purchase a USB port antenna and plug it into the back, will it work? I think the usb port on the back of the modem was meant to plug a memory drive into so that it could act as a cloud storage for the devices connected to the network, but could an antenna work as well to extend the range?
Many modern routers have internal antennae that are optimally designed and located to give very good coverage. External antennae may give you only a small improvement.
When you say USB antenna, what you are referring to is a USB wireless adapter. This requires a software driver that will drive the USB port to control the adapter, which will then receive and transmit WiFi normally to a router. If is possible to run software that treats the USB adapter as the basis of a router in conjunction with the software in the device that is hosting the adapter. Unfortunately, real routers are not designed to drive USB wireless adapters through the USB port. It simply will not work unless you do a drastic re-programming of the firmware in the router.
I hope this helps.
Nope. As you say the USB port is for connnecting a hard disk or flash drive to share over the network. It wont drive an external antenna or USB wifi.
The unit does have an antenna, just it's small and inside the plastic case. This may reduce the units range, but it will work fine as long as you have a strong signal / short range.
If that's not enough to cover your house consider a cheap range extender. You plug that box in 1/2 way down the house where you do have a good signal and it boosts that the rest of the way.
The internal antennas used by netgear are generally better than the external antennas used by many routers! The GAIN factor of the antenna SYSTEM (which can be inside the router) is the important factor. No using a "USB RADIO" (they are not USB antennas!) will not work since you already have internal wifi which is delivered by the router.
There are NO "USB port antenna" period. They are USB to WIFI adapters with small antennas in the adapter.
No. Of curse it will not. There is no way to load software, and even if you could those antenna are designed to only connect to a router or access point. And the router would not know how to use it. From experience, the nighthawk is not much good.
There is no support for an external antenna, you would have to open it up and make a few mods. The USB socket is for USB devices only, there's no radio signal there.
Your router might have in built PCB antennas which equally powerful
No it won't work. The netgear will have internal antennas, they cannot be upgraded