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I have a linksys wireless B BEFW11S4 and i wanted to know a good way to make a homemade antenna to boost my signal. Is there one where all i need is stuff that MOST people have at home? I just wanna boost it so i get a little better signal downstairs.
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i was looking at something like this but i wanna know if there is anything better for free... rofl. I just want something i can make at home... cuz i have wireless signal now i just wanna get it a little faster for the wireless ones (not me !! woot im the hardwired one!)
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Bentrinh wrote a faq on it, search his posts.
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I looked at his... but i dont have all that stuff lying around. im just trying out the free stuff.
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post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by geekedittilitghz
I looked at his... but i dont have all that stuff lying around. im just trying out the free stuff.
If you have one of those corded antennas on your WiFi adapter, you can just cut the antenna and remove the grounding shield so that a specific length is showing. Go here to determine that length
http://www.turnpoint.net/wireless/cantennahowto.html

Also, read the paragraphs regarding how far to cut the hole from the back of the can (same links).

Forget all the high falootin connectors. Just ram the wire up into the can and hot glue it there. Make sure enough of the insulator is poking through so the exposed wire isn't grounded to the can. Aim that sucker and you have some serious gain.
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well cant do that either... damn linksys just had to make these cheap little stick antennas.... im thinking that the link i posted will be the only one free that will work... maybe not... help me out!

also is this a good dl / upload speed?

my wireless one about 20-30 feet away gets like half the dl but only a little less upload
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post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by geekedittilitghz
well cant do that either... damn linksys just had to make these cheap little stick antennas.... im thinking that the link i posted will be the only one free that will work... maybe not... help me out!

Actually you can....the shielded wire is just really short. You can open the box and go out and buy some shielded wire ( a couple of bucks) and solder a longer piece on.

OTHER THAN THAT...that link you posted is your best bet. It's directional though. So, forget getting wireless all over the place. Also, the formula for the waveguide is not very thorough. If you could find a more accurate measurement technique for the parabolic section of the antenna, you could get a higher boost.

EDIT: FYI: I was referring to your PC that is the receiver...NOT the WiFi base station. It's best to leave the base station as is and let your PC direct it's signals to the station. That way, if you have more than one PC trying to talk to the station, you won't be constrained to a particular direction.
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post #8 of 16
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well thats fine im at one end of the house and the side im on doesnt need wireless, otherwise my neighbors will steal from me
ok well ill try that link i posted and let you guys know how much it helps.... and i would do the other stuff w/ wire... but 1 i dont have a soldering iron and 2 i dont know how to solder lol
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cantenna!
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post #10 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sideburns
cantenna!

Yeah, that's what I thought...but hes trying to boost the base station. Not the PC. And the base station has the stub plastic antenna.
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