If you are one of the many with a slow or weak Internet connection, there are ways to increase your signal strength. One inexpensive way to increase your signal is making a homemade modem antenna. There is no need to shell out hundreds of dollars for a top-of-the-line modem if you are a basic or moderate Internet user. With a few items from your local hardware store, you can make a homemade modem within the hour.
Things You'll Need
- 1/4-inch mesh sheet
- 2-inch extruded polystyrene foam sheet
- Aluminum foil
Navigate to the Parabolic Template site. Print the template.
Cut a 1/8-inch mesh wire sheet to the dimensions of the template. Bend the mesh sheet to the curve on the template. Place the mesh wire directly above the curve on the template to match the angle and curvature. Cut the mesh wire with scissors.
Cut a 2-inch extruded polystyrene foam sheet into the shape of the template. One side of the sheet is rounded to match the curve of the wire mesh the other side of the sheet is straight. Use a utility knife to cut the extruded polystyrene foam.
Poke a hole into the extruded polystyrene foam shape at the focal point. The focal point hole matches the focal point on the template. The base of the antenna is place into the focal point.
Place the extruded polystyrene foam shape in the horizontal center of the wire mesh. Cover the mesh wire and extruded polystyrene foam shape with 3 layers of aluminum foil. The aluminum foil assists in transmitting and reflecting the modem signal. The aluminum foil holds the sheet in place.
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