Uni-Directional WIFI Range Extender - Revisited

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1st Step - go to this link: (Then come back here)

"tm36usa" posted this in July 2006. I finally got around to making one in April 2009 because I do a lot of traveling to motels that claim 'FREE WIRELESS INTERNET". It may be free, but it's garbage most of the time. I have been know to walk around the motel room with my laptop to find a half-way good signal. One time I even walked around the parking lot to get one. Using my laptop in the bathroom or on the grass in front of the motel sucks.

$1.00 for the strainer and 50 cents for the USB adaptor. Check out the "Wire boxes" at your local thrift shop.

I constructed this model by using tm36usa's instructions and made a few modifications along the way. I will be trying out the finished project at the end of the month in Albuquerque.

I'll help you in anyway I can if you have a question. <> .
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Step 1: Cutting the hole

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I used a rotary tool (Dremel) with a cut-off disk to cut a rectangle hole ( the USB adapter is rectangle).

Step 2: Install and seal adapter

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I then fitted the USB adapter into the rectangle hole, added a zip tie and used All-Purpose silicone to hold it in place. I then hung it upside down by the wire for 24 hours to let it cure.

Step 3: Mount to tripod

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I then found the right size nut to match the tripod bold, drilled the hole and fitted it together. I used an alligator clip to hold the wings in place instead of zip ties so I can adjust the pick up area and fold it down for packing in luggage.
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zacfishing4 years ago
Im currently designing one much similar except i have a 5m height :)
justj700 (author)  zacfishing4 years ago
I'm assuming you're talking about the strainer or the cable. Both were found at junk shops for $1 each (Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc). Check garage sales, tag sales, estate sales, etc. I got a cheap tripod for $3.

Good Luck. Send photos.   Jay
zacfishing4 years ago
Grrr i paid for a 3m female and male plug = 25$ in australia DAMN!
Scott_Tx5 years ago
One of the things I did to boost my usb adapter's range was open it up and replaced the on board antenna with some dipoles