How to Increase a WiFi Internal Antenna
By Marshal M. Rosenthal
A WiFi device uses an antenna to pick up the WiFi signals for accessing the Internet. The case of a device can inhibit the signal strength of an Internet WiFi antenna. You can increase the internal WiFi antenna’s ability to access WiFi signals by adding a signal strength booster. An antenna adapter from a hobby store or computer store is needed, as are a few household supplies. Adult supervision is suggested for young people because sharp tools are used.
Place a sheet of newspaper on a table to protect the surface. Empty the soda bottle and dispose of the cap.
Stand the soda bottle on the newspaper. Measure down six inches from the top of the soda bottle. Cut through the soda bottle at the six-inch mark with the blade of the utility knife. Discard the bottom of the soda bottle. Wash out the soda bottle neck in tap water and dishwashing liquid. Dry the soda bottle neck with a paper towel.
Cut six 10-by-4-inch strips of aluminum foil using the scissors. Cut off the top of the snack bag with the scissors. Empty the contents of the snack bag. Turn the snack bag inside out so that the foil side is facing out.
Insert the end of the antenna adapter opposite the antenna cable into the snack bag. Wrap the snack bag around the antenna adapter. Secure the snack bag to the antenna adapter with strips of cellophane tape.
Slide the end of the antenna adapter that is now wrapped inside of the snack bag into the cap end of the soda bottle neck. Tape the antenna adapter to the soda bottle neck with strips of cellophane tape.
Insert the blunt end of the spork into the open mouth of the soda bottle neck. Tape the blunt end of the spork to the end of the antenna adapter with strips of cellophane tape. Wrap one of the strips of aluminum foil lengthwise around the spork and antenna adapter. Crimp the sides of the aluminum foil with your fingers to secure it in position.
Place the end of a strip of aluminum foil into the open mouth of the soda bottle neck. Fold the other end of the strip of aluminum foil over the outside of the soda bottle neck. Place another strip of aluminum foil into the soda bottle neck in the same way as was done before, only an inch to one side of the first strip of aluminum of. Repeat this with the rest of the strips of aluminum foil.
Locate the position of the internal WiFi antenna--the device’s instruction manual will provide this information. Tape the end of the antenna cable from the antenna adapter against the case where the internal antenna is located with strips of cellophane tape.
Aim the open mouth of the soda bottle neck and the spork that is inside of it in the general direction of the WiFi transmitter of the wireless home network.
- Wipe out the grease from the foil-covered side of the snack bag with a paper towel.
Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."