How to Make a Wireless Internet Antenna Booster

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Many people now have a wireless (Wi-Fi) Internet connection in their homes, which allows them to create a home network, or connect their laptops, printers or devices like an iPod Touch to the Internet without being connected by a wire. The signal strength of your wireless router might be weakened by the location of your router; however, you can increase the strength and direction of your signal by building a wireless antenna signal booster with things you can find around the house.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard, construction paper or manila folder
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Aluminum foil
  • Retractable knife or box cutter
  • 8-to-10-inch piece of wire or cut coat hanger
  • Go to a site like freeantennas.com to get the template for a reflector. Print the template on a sturdy piece of paper like thin cardboard, construction paper or a manila folder.

  • Use a pair of scissors to cut the template.

  • Cover the pattern with a thin layer of glue and lay a sheet of aluminum on top of it, lightly tapping the foil.

  • Use a retractable knife or box cutter to cut two slots in the center of the booster (you'll use these slots to slide it onto the antenna).

  • Make two small holes along the sides in the center of the booster.

  • Slide the booster onto the antenna.

  • Bend the booster into a curved shape and attach the wire in the holes you made on the side to hold the curved shape.

  • Point the booster in the direction where you want the Wi-Fi signal boosted.

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