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Have USB Connect 881. Looking for anttena to hook up to 881 as unit living in has metal sides and roof so need somthing to receive signal that is external.

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    Jesse C Smith Jr May 25, 2009

    I have a metal roof and need to know what external antenna would be best. I have been disappointed with AT&T's Broadband.

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Try an antenna booster

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