First of all I will make a warning. If you are opening the Vero or making changes to it, IT WILL VOID WARRANTY.
One of the reasons I bought the Vero was that it has built in Wifi, and naturally to support OSMC.
But for me the Wifi is very poor, and the range is very bad, so can not use it as it is now.
I made some tests with an external antenna, and it was a big improvement over the built in antenna.
So I decided to see if it was possible to mount an external antenna, and here is what I came up with.
The alu frame acts as an heatsink for the SOC, so I did not want to remove any of it to make place for the RP-SMA connector, instead I made a cut so I could bent it inwards.
The U.FL mini PCI to RP-SMA Pigtail mounted in the case.
And yes it still fits in the box .
Well it did not make the Vero prettier, but the Wifi have improved dramatically.
The white antenna is 18cm long, but i have a black one which is only 9cm long, and it performs almost the same, so might buy a white 9cm.Think it will look a little better.
I haven’t made any actual speed measurements, but with the original internal antenna, I couldn’t even connect to the network in my living room. Now it connects fine and plays all my movies placed on my NAS without problems.
This is a raspberry, right? Not a Vero. The raspberry also doesn’t need a heatsink. It you overclock too high, it will hang and you need to get the overclock down again. It will most likely not be damaged by heat.
Yes you are right about that, Wifi issues can indeed be very tricky to solve.
But as you can see on the picture, when you point the top of the Vero in the direction of your router, that gives you the most optimal placement of the antenna with no metal obstacles, the reception improved, and the fact that an external antenna did it for me, indicates (at least for me) that the antenna design/placement can be improved on the Vero.