My WiFi Signal Booster Wok Antenna W/ Directional Antenna From LinkSys

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Introduction: My WiFi Signal Booster Wok Antenna W/ Directional Antenna From LinkSys

This is a signal booster I made for my LinkSys WMP54G card. The antenna is a D-Link High Gain Antenna, has a 3 foot cord attached. Before I put the dish around the antenna and had the antenna by the window and I got around -75dB on Net Stumbler. After placing the antenna through the strainer at the focal point I immediately went to -50dB. Wireless Zero popped up Wireless Network Connection is now connected Signal Strength: Excellent.
It was Low sometimes would go to Very Low.
Couldn't believe it worked so well. Just wanted to show everyone.

-liquidco0L

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    Why a food strainer surely you could have used the wire cage that the went around the fan blades for a deflector dish it was probably a lot bigger to?

    I'm by no means an expert, but isn't the omni antenna laid parallel to the ground not as effective? I've always thought they needed to be "right side-up" given that they receive signals from the side of the antenna surface and not the tip.

    great..!! very awesome design...

    I'm about to use a wok lid myself soon. Currently using an improvised parabolic reflector pattern from Windsurfer.com for my 9 dB Rubber Duck magnet mount antenna.

    Before I made my mod, I was pulling in a signal 2 very long blocks away with just my WMP54G Linksys card and stock antenna with a weak to fair signal.
    I'm now getting full signal and no weather interferance at all. I'm ordering a cable for my stock antenna from Data Alliance.com, they have all kinds of wifi equipment there. That will be my cable for my wok lid to replace this improvised version of my antenna now. I get a great signal with the Rubber duck magnetic mount and dish reflector. BTW, I doubled the template size of the Windsurfer reflector.

    Hey liquid cool,

    As I pointed out, you were not at the focal point and the parabola would have to be MUCH larger to produce 25db gain.
    At 2.4ghz, a PERFECT parabolic reflector would have to be at least 18inches
    in diameter to produce that kind of gain.
    By the way, how's the Alpha networks USB adapter working ; )
    Did you ever try and make a 2.4ghz version of your home brew tv antenna?

    But like I said, that was the most interesting looking antenna I had ever seen
    Keep on building and we'll keep watching

     

    do you get any polarisation problems as a result of a horizontally mounted antenna? (assuming the access point's antenna was verticle)

    looks as thought u shoved an antenna thru a strainer if u ask me. simple yet effective. y didnt i think of this? sorry bout the short hand, hackin my grandads wifi from da loo xD.

    does the wireless access point have to be connected to a DSL line?

    What does this mean? The access point doesn't HAVE to be connected to anything, but you would have no internet connection then...so it would defeat the purpose. You have to have a internet connection on the access point (router). The kind is up to you, although I would not recommend a 56K lol.