We received the modems (usb and house), the house one is easy as pie to set up, the down side is finding that sweet spot for reception.
Guys i ran all over the house with the laptop and that house modem, couldn't get ANYTHING above 2 bars.
So, with it set in the window of the bedroom up against the glass, we get an average of 3 to 5 bars depending on the weather (i kid you not), this is where it goes when i hear complaints about hulu under buffering.
Step 1: Parts
The parts that are needed is.....
1) a Pelican box big enough for the modem itself (it was pretty cheap)
2) a gooooooood amount of Cat5 cable (i stopped at 50ft)
3) a female and male power socket that matches both the modem and the wall wart
4) a Telco baseboard jack for network drops
5) Soldering iron, solder, flux, and solder wick if your messy
Step 2: Construction
Construction was pretty straight forward for wiring i used this as the primary inspiration for the design: www.nycwireless.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/poe3.gif
All i had to do basically was build the same thing from this webpage:
Then pack the modem up in a pelican case and head outside.
Step 3: Results
While running around in the backyard i found out while in the case the reception was pretty much the same as indoors. But if i removed the modem the case (get this) and threw it up in a tree the reception was 4 to 5 constantly, mostly 5 the whole time unless the wind blew.
So for about $40 in parts i did manage to make a cheap portable housing for my modem that i can take camping, or as a mobile weatherproof wifi drop.
Hell i might even hook it up to an old DirecTv dish or a cantenna via the SMT mini co-ax inside and camp.
*anyone notes any errors let me know
Update 5-20-10: havent used it since i did this back in January, i did manage to find the sweet spot in my house after using this to run around inside the house to find it. so i does have some advantages.