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How to Increase the WiFi Range of a Nintendo Wii

by Marshal M. RosenthalUpdated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • Double-layer aluminum foil

  • Tape measure

  • Wireless home network

The Nintendo Wii video game console has an internal antenna for connecting wirelessly to a home network. You can increase the range at which the internal antenna can receive a wireless signal by placing a homemade booster antenna next to the internal antenna. You need only a few household supplies; the Wii itself will not be modified in any way.

Tear off two feet from the aluminum foil roll. Place the aluminum foil on a table. Fold one end of the aluminum foil over onto the other end. Smooth the foil down with your fingers. Rotate the foil so that it is facing you horizontally.

Measure 3 inches in from the top edge of the foil. Fold the top edge over onto the foil at the 3-inch mark. Smooth the foil down with your fingers. Repeat this procedure with the bottom edge of the foil.

Measure 3 inches in from the left side of the foil. Fold the left side over onto the foil at the 3 inch mark. Smooth the foil down with your fingers. Repeat this with the right side of the foil.

Move the Nintendo Wii to the location at which you want to place it: somewhere farther away from its original location.

Pull the folded over foil halfway back. Stand the foil against the back of the Nintendo Wii horizontally with the folds in the foil facing the back of the Wii.

Turn the Wii on. Go to the “Wiiware” store menu and select a free file to download. Angle the left side of the foil away from the Wii as you look at the speed of the download bar. Return the foil to its original position and angle the other side. Leave the foil in the position where the speed of the download bar is at its fastest.

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