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Handmade Wifi Signal Booster


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November 5, 2014

finished booster with concave part facing cameraWith just a few supplies that you have laying around the house, you can make a signal booster for your wifi.

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Supplies:

  • 1 aluminum can
  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • super glue
  • pen
  • compass
supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Carefully cut the top off an aluminum can.
  2. cutting top off can
     
    cutting top off can
     
  3. Then cut the can open down the side. Then cut off the bottom of the can, making a rectangle.
  4. cutting down side of can
     
    cutting off bottom
     
  5. Trim the edges of the can to remove any sharp bits.
  6. trimming edges
     
    additional edge trimming
     
    finished aluminum rectangle
     
  7. Place the can on a piece of cardboard creating a semicircle. Make sure each end of the can reaches the straight edge of the cardboard. Make a mark on the cardboard where each end hits.
  8. placing can in semicircle on cardboard
     
    marking ends of curved can
     
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  9. Using a ruler, mark the center in between the marks. Use the compass to make a semicircle as wide as the marks on the cardboard.
  10. finding center
     
    using compass
     
  11. Cut the semi circle out and use it as a template to make another semicircle of the same size.
  12. cutting out semicircle
     
    tracing second semicircle
     
    two matching cardboard parts
     
  13. Use a pen to make a hole in the center of each semicircle.
  14. finding center (top to bottom) of semicircle
     
    poking hole through cardboard
     
    finished cardboard parts
     
  15. Place one of the semicircles inside the curve of the aluminum can at one end and super glue in place. Hold in place until the glue is dry.
  16. gluing cardboard to can
     
    gluing cardboard to can
     
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  17. Repeat on the other side. You may want to cut off any excess card board that is sticking out.
  18. letting dry
     
    trimming off excess cardboard
     
    finished booster
     
  19. Place over your wifi antenna and point in the direction you want the wifi signal to go.
  20. booster installed on antenna with convex side facing forward
     
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