Introduction: How to Make a Wifi Antenna

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This will hopefully show how you to make a wifi antenna and find sum wireless networks...

Step 1: Making It

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For this one u will need: Chicken Wire, A Hollow Pipe

1. Place the chicken wire on the pipe centered in the middle as shown in the picture bellow.

Step 2: Attaching the Pipe to the Chicken Wire

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Attach The pipe To The Chicken Wire using Tie Wire by sliding it under the pipe and pulling it up as shown in the picture.

Step 3: Attching Wood on the Back to Hold the Wire

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Using Tie Wire Attach The Piece Of Wood To The Chicken Wire To Hold The Chicken Wire As Shown In The Image

Step 4: Placing the Usb Wifi Inside

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Feed The Usb Wire Through The Pipe and Drill Holes in The Pipe To Hold The Usb in Place As Shown In The Image..

Step 5: The Results

Plug The Usb Into The Pc/Laptop And You Should Get Some Wireless Signals Around Yuor Neighbour Hood


Lawson1431 (author)2016-03-25

had a wifi adapter aimed at a dish in my backyard (adapter at my window) was able to get signal at a school wich is like 20 or 30 blocks up a main road....

agungk (author)2008-06-24

wha? chicken wire? man, that's too coarse. as the rule of thumb, if you use non-solid material as reflector, the holes should be 1/10 lambda or less. since lambda for 2.4ghz like 13cm, you need wire grid with 1cm spacing or less.

PokemonLord1234 (author)agungk2008-07-09

dude itz my first one im a bit of a noob at this ok ? be nice:)

Toga_Dan (author)PokemonLord12342013-12-27

Thanks for posting this, pokemanlord. I've been wondering how to get more range on wifi. This is the 1st -ible I've seen on it. So I appreciate both the -ible, and any refinements that others mention. Apparently, I'm even more noobish than you in this area.

Toga_Dan (author)agungk2013-12-27

Google tels me that 1/2" is about the tightest chicken wire. One could offset 2 layers to get 1/4" ~= 1 cm. Is a solid bit of sheetmetal as good as somethin with holes?

ponentesincausa (author)2013-11-10

Sorry if the question's dumb, but I guess the USB wire needs to be attached so some sort of USB wifi device? Or will a regular USB in will do?... how does the conversion to a WiFi module occur? again, sorry if it's dumb.

wizard744 (author)2008-07-05

i have a nintendo ds lite with pokemon pearl and i like to trade pokemon over wifi at mcdonalds which i live a block away from will a wifi antenna like yours do the job for me here at my house

bendog38 (author)wizard7442011-05-26

I would assume that that is next to impossible. You would need one hell of an antenna to do that...

bendog38 (author)bendog382011-05-26

Believe me. I've tried.

maid63 (author)wizard7442009-05-16

haha i have pokemon platinum

as long as u put it up sumwhere high and in direction of McDonalds :)

Slim49 (author)2010-11-07

I think its great. ROCK on.
for the nay sayers.... show us what you got??
if you put 2 more layers offset from each other you could tighten the reflector's grid a great deal. these things are sooo forgiving.
I did the simplest Cantenna & it was fantistic.
also, move your usb device out a 1/2 inch at a time till you pass the focal point. then back in & lock!
have built most all the wifi types.

iLove Apple (author)2010-01-27

I have a iPod touch and I get little wifi in my room. Is there anything I can do? Most of what I've seen is for laptops. Please help.

mehri_hama (author)2009-01-13

Yeahh lol

abadfart (author)2009-01-05

lol this only works if you have neighbors

mehri_hama (author)2008-08-29

Hi, did you use an usb FLASHDISC Or an usb wifi adapter?

a usb wifi adapter

ThanXXX !!!

ac1D (author)2008-06-14

do you know the gain? can you upload video on metacafe/utube?

schorhr (author)2008-06-15

I used some tinfoil and a USB stick and got arround "40% signal strength" instead of 25-30. Since it is a simple reflector you could get a gain from somewhere arround 3dbi, so a regular 2dbi antenna would total 5dbi maybee. If you use a parabolic shape such as a strainer (or tinfoil, or wire...) you can increase it even more. With a strainer and some usb stick I have arround 50% now instead of 25-30 which is not as good as a (well built) "cantenna" or a (double) bi-quad, but its easy to do.

PokemonLord1234 (author)schorhr2008-07-09


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