My take on the TP-Link WR703N Antenna Mod

There is a lot of info online on this little WR703N router, and also some guides on how to add an external antenna (check here, and here, for instance).

So, i won’t going much details, but this was the process:

Performance was greatly improved! My goal was to connect this to a colinear 8dBi omnidirectional antenna for my 3G to Wifi gateway.

Thoughts on the Huawei CRC-9 Antenna connector

Quick post on Huawei CRC9 antenna jack.

This is a very small antenna connector found on some of Huawei’s 3G broadband modems.

The jack has a ground and two pads. They are NC (normally closed) meaning that when you attach an antenna they will open up and the RF circuit will feed the external antenna instead of the internal one.

I had to dig around a lot to find some info on this, and found a russian site with some info.

CRC-9 principle of operation. pin 1 is the antenna jack, pin 2 is the internal antenna.

Detail of the connector:

Pin 1 is the antenna jack, pin 2 is the internal antenna.

Why is this relevant? Because i didn’t had a CRC-9 pigtail around and had to solder coax directly to the board. Yes, it works. No i don’t recommend. This was hooked up to my DIY yagi antenna.

Huawei E3131 external antenna mod

DIY 2100MHz / 3G Yagi Antenna

Part of my family lives in a very remote location. There’s only AM and FM radio, i need to boost DVB-T signals from a repeater 40km away, and the phone landline fails around a week a month (trees falling and stuff).

So i had the idea to build a 3G/Wifi gateway. I didn’t wanted to spend 30€ on a comercial antenna to check if i had the required signal so i built my own.

It’s important to state that this was a trial: this build was never intended as a final product since this yagi wouldn’t stand a chance to strong winds.

Finished v1.0 build.

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