The idea of using a tin can to boost Wi-Fi reception is the increased reception strength that is gained by capturing the radio waves off the can's surface. Radio waves themselves are very directional, which is why a larger surface pointed in the direction of the desired signal is heightened by the addition of a surface like a satellite dish. The juice can antenna is an optimum size for both increasing signal strength and moving it around. The result is a range of up to one mile, significantly more than a Wi-Fi antenna's typical range of 300 feet.
Things You'll Need
- Juice can
- USB Wi-Fi antenna
- Silicone caulk
- USB connection cable
- USB extension cable (optional)
Empty a 42 oz., 4.25-inch diameter can of the liquid. Remove the opened end of the can, clean the can interior with soap and water.
Mark with a marking pen a point 1-5/8 inches up the can's outer side from the closed end of the can.
Drill two drill holes to either side of the marked point. File the opening enough to fit the plastic portion of a USB Wi-Fi adapter two-thirds through the can opening.
Glue the Wi-Fi adapter to the can. Use silicone caulk to make a water-tight seal on the outside of the can.
Connect any male-female USB cable to the USB end of the USB Wi-Fi adapter. Connect the other end of the adapter to an open USB port on your computer. Alternatively connect a USB extender cable between the first USB cable and the computer. You can use USB cable up to 50 feet.
Install the Wi-Fi adapter software from its Install CD, or download the software from the manufacturer's website.
Adjust the tin can antenna for the strongest reception.
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