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I will show you how to make a simple wifi receiver extender made from household items. I had problems getting a good wifi signal in our house so I thought of this. It help me it might help you!
 
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Step 1: Meterials Needed

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Materials:
- Wifi Receiver
- USB  Extender
- Steamer Plate
- Laptop
- Tripod

Step 2: Make A Rectangular Hole

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Make a rectangular hole using a knife. Be careful !

Step 3: Attach The Female Plug Of The USB Extender To The Plate

Attach the plug to the plate. Gluing would make it firm and better.

Step 4: Connect The Wifi Receiver To The Female Plug

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Connect the receiver to the female plug.

Step 5: Make A Hole For Your Tripod

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Make a small hole for the tripod. Be sure to make it exact.

Step 6: Screw The Tripod

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Screw the tripod on the hole you made.
spa31rky4 years ago
So an external adapter is required. Explain more please. I have an DELL INSPIRON 2200 WITH INTERNAL WiFi

that would work similarly, if you know some about computer simply take apart the laptop, add and plug in a mini PCI extension cable(get a relatively long one) feed the cable out of the laptop so you can put back on the panel and one end of the cable is sticking out. then use the mini pci the same way it says with the usb. (i know you asked this a long time ago, i just saw yur answer and wanted to help. you can also do the same thing with the wifi router itself

ASCAS (author) 3 years ago
What I know and read about this project that this creates a parabolic reflector meaning it collects the radiowaves in a larger span and directly reflects it on the reciever. ^^
ASCAS (author) 4 years ago
Mine has a built-in wifi and we have wifi in our house. but i like to get signal from my friends house (across the street) because they have a faster broadband speed and they agreed to it,so the trouble i am having now is that how can i get a stronger signal of theirs.
rimar20004 years ago
Very, very interesting, congrats. I have an laptop Acer ASPIRE 4315 (this that I use now) with wifi, but the wifi is transparent for me. I start it and the router, and it connect to the web automatically. Can I use your invention? How? Forgive my ignorance...
You need to use an external USB WifFi adapter. Your laptop comes with an internal WiFi adapter, but for the directional aspect, you need either an external antenna or WiFi adapter. I've not seen a laptop with a connection for an external antenna.
Thanks, I did imagine something so. As I use always the laptop the same way, never I needed an external wifi.
Luckily he's provided instructions on how to make your own, how convenient!
AngeloC31 month ago

I think you'll need a salad bowl, or any deep metallic bowl WITHOUT HOLES. Because the signal might not be concentrated on the center.

AngeloC31 month ago

I think you'll need a salad bowl, or any deep metallic bowl WITHOUT HOLES. Because the signal might not be concentrated on the center.

AngeloC31 month ago

I think you'll need a salad bowl, or any deep metallic bowl WITHOUT HOLES. Because the signal might not be concentrated on the center.

AngeloC31 month ago

I think you'll need a salad bowl, or any deep metallic bowl WITHOUT HOLES. Because the signal might not be concentrated on the center.

AngeloC31 month ago

I think you'll need a salad bowl, or any deep metallic bowl WITHOUT HOLES. Because the signal might not be concentrated on the center.

how can i do this on a wifi router? and what if my router does not have an antenna? I have 1 with an antenna and 1 without.

dudes7 months ago

where did u get the WiFi receiver? I can't find one.

ASCAS (author)  dudes7 months ago

In any gadget/ computer store. I'm completely sure that amazon has them.

pcole2410 months ago

What dbi will this offer and would a larger disc give a greater gain?

thanks to this now i can access the internet from our neighbor's house(i'm using it right now) muwahahahaaaahahaaaaah!!!!
mahmoud1692 years ago
what i can say just thanks
dagob2 years ago
If I use a full sized satellite dish to make this wifi extender will I get signal from further?
ASCAS (author)  dagob2 years ago
Probably, the concept of it is that the dish creates a "parabolic effect", meaning the scattered signal gets reflected by the dish and focuses to the receiver, that's the idea how TV satellite works.
XOIIO3 years ago
Why is this in the laser section?
ASCAS (author)  XOIIO3 years ago
really? ops mt bad. Let me change that
trewq73 years ago
does it work?
ASCAS (author)  trewq73 years ago
Yes it extends 1 bar on my signal meter ^^
XOIIO4 years ago
Not bad, I've seen better and worse. When we moveminto our new house I am going to set uo a full sized satellite dish like this!
ASCAS (author)  XOIIO3 years ago
cool :))
siamonsez3 years ago
If you know the the direction of the wifi source, a wave guide like the cantenna:
http://www.turnpoint.net/wireless/cantennahowto.html
would give much better results.
A parabolic antenna shouldn't make much difference over such a short distance, and if you are really getting a stronger signal it's probably just because of the large mass of metal and not the shape.
Also, any antenna should actually be wired to the signal receptor. A USB wifi adapter that already has a little external antenna for ease of access.
This is great! I only have WiFi connection when I'm squeezed into a tight corner of my place and only if I prop it up to standing level. This will help as no one should have to stand all the time to use the net.
Stevanx4 years ago
Nice quick project, but i miss some data on how much it improved the WiFi range etc. and how about when you're not aiming directly at the WiFi transmitter? Another thing - I think I will try to test this on a 3G(HDSPA) modem to see if i can get a better signal since the coverage here is very bad. Will update you on this when I get the time :)
It's not a Wifi extender or something... Take note that the author indicated a Globe Tattoo on the 1st page. That was just a USB modem for 3G/HSDPA signal. It won't work for Wifi unless you buy yourself an external wifi antenna.
im not getting any reply notices so could you email me at hipydude2001@yahoo.com
what would be the max strength of the wifi recev and a decent and absolute minuman?1 mbps 11 ,23,50,80,100,3gs? or does it depend mainly on the dish?
i have a full size satalite dish and have been wanting to try to convert it to get free wifi and possibly maybe a better speed, im paying to much for only like 6 mbps at best as is with lan line, i would have to look at it better and its out side so i would need a pretty long cord?.
I made something just like this last weekend while moving. We had ATT shut off our internet since we were moving. I used a paper bowel lined in tinfoil with that same kind of adapter pushed through it. Worked like a charm. I wish I would have thought of the veggie steamer, since we did have one I could have used. It allowed me to get the free wifi from the apartment's lobby across the complex.