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Extend your PCs wireless network range

This is a simple trick to increase the range of your wireless home network. You will need a USB network card, a salad bowl and aluminum foil or a metal bowl, 2 rulers or other plastic or wooden rods, some tape, and a USB extension cord.
1. If using a metal bowl, you're already set. If using a plastic or glass bowl, wrap the inside with the aluminum foil.
2. Tape the rulers or other form of extension rods you are using to opposing sides of the rim of the bowl so that when looking down on it they will touch above the center of the the bowl.
3. Tape the wireless USB card between the rulers and position it so the USB plug is facing away from the bowl.
4. Plug the USB extension cable into the card and plug the other end into your computer.
5. Position your crude USB antenna in the direction of the wireless rounter for best signal.
6. With the antenna facing the wireless router or access point, you can reposition the USB card at the end of the rulers moving it closer or farther away while watching the signal strength of the network on your PC until the maximum signal is achieved. When you achieve maximum signal secure the wireless USB card in that position.

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No increase in range


Hey kenat. To increase the range of your wireless signal to increase signal strength, try pointing the antennae as approximate as possible to your receiver. If you have already tried that, then use the old Aluminum foil trick. Get a small square of aluminum foil and wrap it around your antennae. Make sure the whole antennae is wrapped with the foil and it's usually best to keep some more hanging off. Because Aluminum is conductive, this will increase the strength of your wireless signal, and at the same time your range.
If all else fails you could always purchase a multi-antennae router which usually has 3 or more antennae.

Have fun :)

Aug 20, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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How can I increase my WIFI range. My internet signal is very weak when I am in my bedroom. Can I increase my range by possibly buying a signal extender.


Try moving the wireless router around and or higher.
If the wireless router is in a different room and the room has concrete walls of foils insulation in the walls, this will weaken the wireless signal. AND/OR
You can connect add a antenna to your computer. Have a look at this device. Normal 0 USB High Gain Antennas www.pricewatch.com/gallery/networking/high_gain_antenna

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Hi Thanks for your question.
My advice would be to consider moving your router to different place. Put it a bit higher. There's also a lot of products like bigger antennas and wireless range expanders that you could consider buying. Here's link to some of the products so you can have a look what I mean---> click hear You could also try low cost home ways to boost your signal like- Attach a bit of aluminum foil to the router antenna. Position the foil so that the signal bounces off the foil in the direction of your computer. I hope this was helpful. Good Luck

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hey handym4n01,

The built - in wifi adapter of a laptop has only a range of 40 - 50 meters, but you could use a separate wifi adapter, an example of which is an usb wireless adapter where you could customize it. Have you ever heard of a "cantenna", it is just like having an empty can where you'd wrap it with foil and afterwhich you could put the wireless adapter in the middle of the can. An example image is posted below.. The can wrapped with foil helps boost the signal of the wireless adapter.197bc00.jpg

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want to increase my wifi signal


usb not bestto use need new wirless n linksys ok on sale 99 cc this week and n pcmia card to go in labtop up to 1000 ft away 5 bars ok

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