Question Question about SMA connectors (for WiFi card upgrade)

okino

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Hi everyone, would really appreciate a clarification on this haha.

Basically, I am confused because the information on the net says that RP-SMA will not work electronically with SMA connectors, even though it might fit mechanically -> https://www.spo-comm.de/en/blog/know-how/what-is-the-difference-between-sma-and-rp-sma

However, my mobo's manual says that the two connectors coming out of the back panel are regular SMA connectors, they have a pin sticking out so I am assuming it's an SMA male connector, here's my mobo's manual -> https://download.gigabyte.com/FileList/Manual/mb_manual_ga-z97n(h97n)-(wifi)_e.pdf

The reason for my confusion is that I had an old TP-Link router TL-WR1043ND V1, which according to its manual it has RP-SMA antennas -> https://static.tp-link.com/resources/document/TL-WR1043ND_V1_Datasheet.zip

I needed some antennas cuz the stock antenna wire broke, so I took out the antennas from this old router, and put them on the SMA male connector on my mobo, and my signal on 2.4 GHz turned to 99% from 40%(without any antennas).

Am I missing something here? I want to buy new antennas to support 5GHz but before I do so I want to confirm the SMA thing: Does RP-SMA male work on SMA male connectors fine? or is my mobo manual wrong and the sma connector is actually an RP-SMA female and that's why its working?

Thanks guys


EDIT: You can delete this thread, gigabyte were kind enough NOT to mention that their connectors are RP-SMA in the manual. I ended up figuring out it was RP-SMA when I found a gigabyte stock antenna page that mentioned they were RP-SMA https://www.amazon.ca/Gigabyte-2-4GHz-Antenna-Connectors-12CR5-1ANT02-11R/dp/B00W2TYU3A, those antennas came with the mobo and those were the ones that broke off.
 
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Lutfij

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I'd rather like to keep this thread alive, in order for the community to learn of how the issue was resolved. Thanks for making a follow up(albeit an edit) in the post to notify the problem was resolved.

To note, unless stated or shown physically, all antenna breakaways are RP-SMA. It's only on older motherboards by Asus where WiFi wasn't a common bundle on motherboard's where they used a much smaller WiFi breakaway. One name that comes to mind is the Asus Rampage V Extreme.

Have fun!
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okino

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I'd rather like to keep this thread alive, in order for the community to learn of how the issue was resolved. Thanks for making a follow up(albeit an edit) in the post to notify the problem was resolved.

To note, unless stated or shown physically, all antenna breakaways are RP-SMA. It's only on older motherboards by Asus where WiFi wasn't a common bundle on motherboard's where they used a much smaller WiFi breakaway. One name that comes to mind is the Asus Rampage V Extreme.

Have fun!
:)
Wow, thanks for this info I was unaware of this, man I spent hours checking SMA to RPSMA converters for nothing haha. Now I understand most modern devices will have RP-SMA even if they refer to it in manuals as SMA or standard SMA. looking forward to getting a new wifi card!
 

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