Building a Wireless Signal Booster

The Internet is largely available everywhere now but people struggle with getting a Wi-Fi signal to their computers and generally require a wireless signal booster. You are able to buy the hardware to do this job but it can be very costly. With just a couple of dollars though, you can create a wireless signal booster yourself. It is not a time consuming job. Here are the steps to help you out.

Tools and Materials Required for the Project

  • Parabolic cooking strainer
  • USB wireless thumb drive (G or B/G)
  • 10-foot USB extender
  • Wire snips
  • Clothes hanger
  • Black spray paint
  • Electrical tape

Step 1: Fixing the Parabolic Cooking Strainer

To start working on creating your wireless signal booster, take the parabolic cooking strainer and the wire snips and cut a very tiny hole in the center of the strainer. The hole you have to cut must only be large enough so the extension cord of the USB is able to go through it.

Step 2: Attaching USB Thumb Drive

Take the USB cord and push the tip (the USB cord tip is what connects to the USB thumb drive) through the small hole you cut in the strainer. Now connect the cord to the USB thumb drive. The hole that you cut should be small enough to hold the USB in the center of the parabolic cooking strainer. Your wireless signal booster is now ready to use.

Step 3: Use Signal Booster or Make it Look Professional

When you wish to use the wireless signal booster all you have to do is have it near your computer. If you are using a laptop, you have to take the strainer with you to get a better signal. When you set up your wireless signal booster you may have to change its direction for the best results. If you want it to have a more professional finish, follow the next steps.

Step 4: Professional Looking Signal Booster Starts

The coat hanger will be the stand of your wireless signal booster. Take the coat hanger and bend it into a diamond shape. Once that is done, grab the bottom end of the diamond and bend it up so that if it was lying down, the bend would form a loop. Place the USB extension cord through the loop and then connect it to the parabolic strainer with electrical tape.

Step 5: Connecting the Booster to the Coat Hanger

Now it's time to connect your coat hanger to the wireless signal booster. To do this you must bend the coat hanger head backwards and attach it to the bottom side of the parabolic cooking strainer.

Step 6: Finishing the Professional Look

The wireless signal booster you created is almost ready to go. Your wireless signal booster will work if it is within sight of your laptop or computer. The only thing you need to do now is to spray your wireless signal booster with the black spray paint. Remember that moving it and turning it around can result in finding a better signal.