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Broken Antenna wire

I have a 6218 i2 200 WIFI Router/DSL Modem and the antenna broke on it. I took the unit apart to replace the "Cracker Jack" antenna with a better antenna but when I unplugged cable from the PC the wire came out.

Where can I get another "Crappy" antenna, antenna connector or a better antenna with the same type connector as the original?

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  • Ralph Thomas Jul 10, 2008

    The connector which is soldered to the Router circuit board has a shell or barrel no more that about .1" in diameter and a tiny pin in the center of it. The mating connector of course has a female which mates with the pin and has a shell which clip to the shell/barrel on the circuit board.
    I bought the item shown below, unsoldered the cable from from the sony play station antenna and soldered it to an upgraded WIFI antenna.

    I would never try to solder to the router circuit board, it must have eight layers. Wires go in one side and don't show on the other side.

    Thanks for your reply, I have no idea how in the world the produce a connector this small and then are able to connect a co-axial cable to it.




  • Ralph Thomas Jul 14, 2008

    This is what the connector looks like, up close & personal.

  • Rick White
    Rick White May 11, 2010

    The wire in the picture you posted has the same connection used by laptop wireless card antenni. I'm not sure about the router end, though. Without seeing it it's hard to know.

  • Rick White
    Rick White May 11, 2010

    Can you post a picture of the damage or explain in more detail where exactly the wire broke? It might be as simple as soldering the wire back onto the board in the router, but I don't want to be too hasty.

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Oh, I get it now. That extra Sony one should work fine. Does this mean you got it working or are you still looking for a replacement? You can most likely find these on ebay by themselves or as part of a laptop wireless assembly.

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