Aesthetically these short mini-itx WiFi antennas are hard to beat. While they aren't the be all end all of performance, they get the job done for an affordable price.
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Zigbee Mini WiFi AntennaFrom $5.99
Building a compact system has can create compromises. One of the issues I have always had is that my WiFi antennas were always sticking out of the back. Visually I was never a fan, and if really effected the portability of my builds.
After a while I decided to look for some mini wifi antennas. There are really no mainstream options available. I found these Zigbee Antenna after many hours of searching. Most of the units available simply will not fit, or are designed for a completely separate purpose.
Out of the box I was disappointed to find out that the gold gold pin was too wide to fit on my motherboards standard size antenna posts. I had to use a screwdriver to remove the pin all together. After I did this it fit with no issue.
I compared the speeds of the new small antennas with the standard size antenna that came with my motherboard using Google Speed Test, and SpeedTest.net.
WiFi Antenna Speed Test (Mbps)
|Standard Antenna||Mini Antenna|
WiFi Test Setup
|Wireless Card||Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260|
|Frequency||2.4Ghz (5GHz disabled)|