AirPort Base Station antenna question

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Those of you who hang out in the Applefritter IRC cahnnel are likely aware of what im doing in my AirPort Overhaul project, but i have a question:
Im thiking of adding an external antenna to my origional apple AirPort Base Station, and im looking for a suitable antenna. But im getting confused with all these different connector types. According to drBob's writeup on adding an antenan to the base station (http://www.applefritter.com/node/3222) the Lucent 802.11b card in the base station has a SMB connector (?). I found this antenna

http://www.macmall.com/macmall/shop/detail.asp?dpno=483090

it says it has a Reverse Polarity SMA (female) connector. Is this the type of connection i need, i.e. will this antenna work?

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Antenna

No that will attach to a linksys or cysco base station though. Go to fab-corp.com and under the "Antennas Omni" section they have that antenna for Orinoco cards. It's about $40 and has a MC connector.

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One problem...

The card in the base station isn't an Orinoco, it's a Lucent Technologies WaveLAN Silver.

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It will work

They are the same company!!! I have a pigtail on my base station with that connector. I also have that exact antenna on my powerbook.
If you want to see the connectors look here. http://wireless.gumph.org/content/3/7/011-cable-connectors.html Bob must have mis-typed his write up. A sma connector is about the same diameter as the height of the airport card, no way it will fit.

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ok

So, i need an antenna with an "MC card connector" ?

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Yep.

Yep.

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Thanks

Thanks

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