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Homemade wifi antenna

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Krumlink

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A year ago or so my wifi card was getting horrible reception(1mbps and sometimes 5.5mpbs), and just a while ago i cut it open and find that the big heavy wire that was soldered to it broke off. I soldered a wire to it and soldered the end of that wire to a big piece of copper sheeting and now I get much better (but not perfect) connection, 18mbps. What are tips on making your own wifi antennas?
 

microtexan

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Do a google search, there is a plethora of DIY antenna ideas out there. Some are very easy some not so.
 

Krumlink

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Yeah, Im going to get some cable and a connector and make a decent one, and I have plenty of copper sheets (for flex circuits).
 

Krumlink

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Heh, I took off the big piece of copper sheet and stripped the wire, now I get full 54mbps speed. I guess the piece of copper was not good for the signal.
 

gabeNC

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If you want to increase your range these parabolic reflectors work really well.

www.freeantennas.com


I was trying to give my neighbor internet access off of my wifi router and put one of those old linksys bridge wps11's in his window, slapped a couple of reflectors on both sides and it nearly worked. During the winter it was working okay, dropped probably 10% of the packets but when the leaves came out in the spring packet loss went to 75%. The distance was over 400 meters... I gave it a valiant effort. I finally broke down and told him to get cheap high speed. :D
 
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Mikebits

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I got the impression that Krum solved his problem.
 

rmn_tech

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I just thought that other people might be interested in increasing their range.
 

Krumlink

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Yeah I solved my problem with a single piece of wire. Now I get as good of reception as it was with the original antenna :)

I think it is cool to see other ideas posted. No harm done :D
 

Krumlink

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Amusing picture time!
117: Workstation Computer
119: my entire workstation/xbox360 gaming setup. Computer hooked up to TV in vga. Computer is a duron 700mhz 368mb ram with 40gb hdd.
120: close up fuzzy picture of power and reset button. Power LED doesnt work x.x
121: mangled WIFI antenna
122: wifi card w/antenna
123: new wifi antenna (works pretty much the same, looks better)
 

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HiTech

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A discarded Dish TV dish or similar can be easily transformed for WiFi yielding gain in the 20db numbers with reception easily beyond a mile. There are reports of reception up to several miles away!
 
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