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Old 25th January, 2008, 05:32 AM
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Build your own Cantenna

The folks at Icrontic take us on an adventure to build a 'cantenna', a device to enhance your wireless capabilities under certain conditions:

Have you ever been stuck outside of your fixed wireless network range left wondering what to do about it? Want to try a fun and easy little DIY project that works as a cheap, reliable alternative to a wireless repeater? Do what I did and build yourself a Cantenna! I was in a sticky situation recently. We had switched from a wired network to a wireless network, and I had just acquired a Nintendo Wii. However, our new wireless router, for whatever reason, did not put out a strong enough signal for either the Wii or my laptop to connect with. What to do, oh please God, tell me what to do!

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Old 25th January, 2008, 11:03 AM
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It's probably easier and cheaper to build a Parabolic reflector and shove that behind the antenna than building a cantenna. Certainly the people who have reckon that a deep parabolic reflector outperforms a cantenna.

On the other hand, putting an antenna on a machine generally helps, as most laptops have a not so good internal antenna.
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Old 25th January, 2008, 12:17 PM
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We used to build these using a Pringles can. They truly rock
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The folks at Icrontic take us on an adventure to build a 'cantenna', a device to enhance your wireless capabilities under certain conditions:

Have you ever been stuck outside of your fixed wireless network range left wondering what to do about it? Want to try a fun and easy little DIY project that works as a cheap, reliable alternative to a wireless repeater? Do what I did and build yourself a Cantenna! I was in a sticky situation recently. We had switched from a wired network to a wireless network, and I had just acquired a Nintendo Wii. However, our new wireless router, for whatever reason, did not put out a strong enough signal for either the Wii or my laptop to connect with. What to do, oh please God, tell me what to do!

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This deserves another look, especially when money is tight!
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I love this thing. Built one a long time ago. Works great. Even better if you have one on each end. Great range.
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Home high tech on a budget, love it!
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