The idea is to catch the wifi waves that pass near your laptop without reaching it, and make them bounce into your wireless antenna.
I use it standing behind my laptop when i'm.. reading my mail..
..to make it.. load faster..
It actually nearly doubled the signal strength i got from a certain access point.
It's really easy you'll see, so get into it right now!
Step 1: Gathering Materials
-A big cardboard sheet
-some light pipe
-Some other cheaper adhesive tape
-a wood bit
-some (pretty soft) metal parts you can cut and bend
-tools: screwdriver, saw
Step 2: Make a Stand
-I screwed three metal parts i founded around, to a wood circle i got from a previous project. Nothing fancy, just make shure it holds.
-Roll a long sheet of metal around your pipe. To make shure it'll hold make the inner loop a bit smaller than needed.
- put everything together and make shure it holds
NOTE: do not screw together the pipe to the base. This way u will be able to tear the antenna apart and save it under your bed or something like that in case you need to.
Step 3: Prepare the Super-parabolic-wave-bouncer =)
2- Use duct tape to put fasten them to the sheet. Cover the upside part of the hole created by the holder that will be on top. That way your pipe won't come out there and your antenna will stay in place.
3- to glue the aluminium paper to the sheet i did like this: first put some tape along the sheet with the adhesive side facing up
4- secure these with some tape across like in the fourth pic
Step 4: Glue the Aluminium Paper
NOTE: make shure you start with ONE side of the aluminium sheet. You will otherwise be doing a complete mess, and risk destroy the previous step if you do this wrong.
2- Secure one side first, and then slide your hand over the aluminium paper to make the eventual bubbles dissapear.
3- Fix the borders with some duct tape so it looks better.
Step 5: Curving
It should be a bit shorter than the long side of the antenna. Secure with tape one end of the cord onto the back of the receiver.
Put a clip on the other end so you will be able to take the cord away when you want to save the antenna.
You will have to test to get the ultimate angle configuration, the one that gives you the best signal reception. =)
Step 6: FINALLY!
I'd like to read your comments!
Have fun people!