In this instructable I make a common WiFi Thumbdrive into a beefy wifi extender!'The parabolic Asian cooking(dumpling) strainer is the perfect candidate for this project.I was able to pick up 20 more access points in the city and connect to a network a few blocks away! This is BY-FAR the most simple of all Wifi extensions!Image 2:_best paint'job EVER!_ - This is the general Idea behind the parabolic dish. - it should bounce all waves from the dish into the focalpoint (wifi thumbstick).~*~ My Personal Webpage ~*~ --- More cool stuff!..
Step 1: GO GET STUFF!!!
OK, you have to get :a) Cooking strainer from Asian food market. - Needs to be PARABOLIC -The wooden handle on mine made it easy to work with. -Cost $7.00 -Mesh should be similar "tightness" as pictured. (Don't get the loose mesh)b) USB Wireless Thumb Drive (g or b/g)c) USB extension. -- The longer the better.(but get as much as you need.)
Step 2: Prep and Build the Signal Strainer!
Image 1:-Using the snips and cup out a hole JUST big enough for the USB extension cord.Image 2:Squeeze the tip of the USB cord through hole.Image 3:-Adjust everything so the thumbdrive is at the FOCAL POINT of the parabola (I just eyeballed it).-Fasten the USB cord in to place.
Step 3: Testing the Signal Strainer
Testing the Signal Strainer:1) Find your favorite access point!2) get as far away as possible! (While keeping line-of-sight)3) Use software like NetStumbler to see the signal strength.4) Adjust your Signal Strainer where necessary.