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Want to increase my wifi signal

What can i do to increase my wifi signal. im using an tp link wifi usb adapter which is connected to my desktop. what i did was bought a 5m usb extension wire and connected it going outside of the house.

i only recieve 2 bars and i cant afford to buy any of those boosters i see in the internet.

could someone help me?

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    ricky martin Feb 06, 2008

    this is my only wifi usb and still cant buy any pci slot wifi for now because still got no money.



    i just want to increase signal strength.

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    ricky martin Feb 06, 2008

    whats cantenna?

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    ricky martin Feb 06, 2008

    thats nice. been really hard on money right now so foil might work for me. thanks man. gonna try this now.

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    ricky martin Feb 06, 2008

    thanks guys, you all have same solutions thought... anyhow.. thanks guys.

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Http://www.freeantennas.com/projects/template/

Here is a link to designing your own paper antenna.

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Hi there

wifi usb adapters used for desktops are ok but what you really need for that are pci slot wifi. but its your preference thought.

as youve mentioned, you want to increase your signal strength but you are hesitant to buy another device for that.

what you can do if you dont want to buy anything is use foil.

dont fret thought, foil is proven to work specially in increasing/boosting signal. what you want to do is make use of a parabolic or circular shape bowl or sattelite dish-like plate and cover that with foil. be sure that the usb adapter is in the middle of your sattelite though.

once youve already made this, you can try and use it and connect to the access point. b sure also to position it towards it ok.

hope this helps.

Posted on Feb 06, 2008

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    earl norman llanera Feb 06, 2008

    thats great to hear. hope this will work for you.



    nitrotrike got some great ideas too. maybe someday you wana try that too. :)

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    earl norman llanera Feb 07, 2008

    got a follow up!



    if you use pci slot wireless...use pringles technology.



    if you use usb adapter wireless...use parabolic type.



    :)

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Unfortunately, those USB adapters don't use any type of external antenna that you can modify.

My best suggestion is to get a used internal pci wireless card (they can be found for about $20), and use a high gain antenna that you can put out the window, etc.

If you want to REALLY pull in weak signals, get the internal card, and build yourself a "cantenna" for under $10 using a coffee can and a few parts from radio shack. They work EXTREMELY well.

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    brian c Feb 06, 2008

    It's a high-gain directional antenna you build out of a coffee can and a few connectors / wires. You can google "cantenna" for building / assembly instructions.

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    brian c Feb 06, 2008

    Heres another idea, and will require some ingenuity on your part.

    Grab yourself a coffee can, and make an opening in the CENTER of the bottom of the can just large enough for the chrome part of the USB adapters end to fit through. If the hole is too large, thats ok too. Just don't make it so large that the whole adapter fits through it.

    Place the USB adapter so that it is standing up in the center of the inside of the can. Plug it in to the extension cord, and use duct tape, etc on the outside of the can (where the extension cord is going in) to hold it in place. Make sure it is still standing up straight.

    This can design is meant to capture / condense the incoming signal.

    Knowing the direction / origin of the signal will be a great help in this case.

    Just slowly rotate the can (open side away from you of course). If someone sees you doing this, they will most likely think you have lost your mind.

    If it does increase the signal strength, secure it in that location.

    If you need any further details / explanations, let me know.

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    brian c Feb 06, 2008

    Nice, you get the fixya and I don't lol

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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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    nick helpap Feb 06, 2008

    yup just do what i said buddie u love it rate me as fix ya thx nick

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