7 Nov 2008

Boosting your wifi signal DIY

I was going through YouTube and came across this clip with a crazy idea - using paper and kitchen foil to boost the wifi signal of your router.

It was almost too good to be true but I gave it a try and it works.

Just go over to Freeantennas.com to download the diagram, cut it and just glue some foil, fix it on top of the antenna of your wifi router and you are done. Just make sure that it points in the direction of your computer.


Anonymous said...

Hey Adam,

So does it really work? How can you tell? Does it show that the speed is faster or does it just appear fast? I have used it on "bunny ears", but never thought about using it on routers.

So in your personal opinion, do you recommend buying a faster, newer router or using the foil?

Anonymous said...

They do this kind of stuff with cell phones too, but I think it's a lot more practical with computer routers, because you don't have to carry those around as you need to do with phones.

Anonymous said...

I have seen this a few places, the only problem with it is that it concentrates your signal in one direction so if you have more than one computer that needs to connect then you will need to be in the cone of the signal or your connection will be worse than if you left the booster off.

Anonymous said...

This is really interesting. It sounds great as long as you do not want multiple computers that are spread out to use the signal. Pretty clever.

Anonymous said...

I can give you another great tip, this is something that I actually discovered on the internet, when my connection kept having problems, and my speeds of connectivity were being slower than what I was suppose to get. What was the problem? The problem was that my router was too close to my pc. The pc was interfeering with the router.

I learned in high school, that computers, and all electronics emit interference. I forget the type of interference they emit. But the thing is, you want to keep your router away from other electronics.

Experiment it, if you have your router right next to your desktop, and then do a speed test, it won't be as high as it should. I guess it also depends on what type of router you have. In my case... sometime there was no connectivity at all.

Anyways... i hope my tip helps others too.

Till then,


Anonymous said...

it's work? i've one router like that, hmm interest trying on it

Anonymous said...

Sounds cool!!! But still little hard to believe it. Anyways.I would like to try it. thanks for sharing it.