How to Get WIFI Signal From 1/four Mile Away [or More] for Less Than $60

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Yea I do know, you do not imagine me. 1/four mile? Shenanigans.

Still studying? Great.
The entire factor began once I dropped my buddy off for Horse classes and did not wish to drive all the best way dwelling solely to drive again to choose her up in an hour and a half. So what did I do? Drove to the closest neighborhood and received on an open WIFI community.

[NOTE: Connecting to someone’s WIFI without their permission is illegal in some areas!!!]
The community I related to was a neighborhood realtor’s OPEN HOUSE FREE PUBLIC WIFI community…so I didn’t break any legal guidelines.

The downside was, the sign was very weak and I needed to maintain the pc at odd angles simply to do a easy google search.

So after about twenty minutes of looking and discovering issues like “wokfi” and “parabolic asian cookware” I had the essential thought of what I wanted to do; Concentrate the sign onto the antenna utilizing a parabola. After a bit extra looking I came upon easy methods to construct a parabola out of a cd and a glass pot prime, however I figured that it will be too weak for the distances that I’m in search of [I would like to be able to connect right from the parking lot at the stables] Then there was the world document holder who had constructed a reflector out of a 10 foot diameter dish however that was WAY too large. So I compromised and picked up a rooftop satellite tv for pc dish from a man on

Long story brief I constructed the factor and drove out to the stables, turned the rig on, began netstumbler, and began wanting it took a bit bit however I received the suitable angle to lock onto a sign and SHAZAM! I used to be related!

So I knew that I had working sign, not only a fizzled connection from the router. The noise was at -100 and the sign was hovering round -75 or so. Not the quickest connection however based mostly on the truth that I used to be ¼ of a mile away from the router I might say I used to be doing fairly darn good!

Ok sufficient with the tales, how do you construct the darn factor!

You want:
A satellite tv for pc dish [and the four screws holding it to the roof [YMMV]A pair of scrap 2×4’s
A tin can [green bean sized]A usb extention twine 
A usb wi-fi adapter [in this build I am using the cheapest adapter I could find [$30 at target]Two wooden screws lengthy sufficient to screw your two 2×4’s collectively
Some scorching glue
An undesirable cd [I picked up a free netzero disk at Wally’s]
A glass pot lid formed like a parabola
Some spray paint to make it look fairly
And some carpet of you’re going to be mounting it to the roof of your automobile so It received’t scratch it.

The complete value for the construct was solely the $30 for the usb adapter, I had the whole lot else available.

If you purchased the whole lot new it will value round $60 [Not counting the dish]

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