Friday, 11 May 2012

Windsurfer: Boost your wireless signal

We all like cheap and free things right? Cheap in this case means much more than getting something we all desperately need for free. It also means frequently not voiding a warranty on an appliance that you already own. We have all seen the antennas that will boot your WIFI signal. Many of these products attempting to boost your wireless Internet signal require you to open your device to install the antenna, these procedures can void your warranty and even damage your product. The next steps will explain how to build your own antenna out of parts you have, without voiding your warranty.

Windsurfer antenna is becoming rather popular this days because it is a cheap and a easy solution for poor wireless signal. What do you need:
  • Paper or cardboard
  • Kitchen tinfoil
  • Scissors and a sharp knife
  • Glue 
  • Windsurfer Template - Download
Save the template that I am providing here and resize it as you want. Carefully cut around the edges and poke a hole through the cross hairs. Then, take your average everyday cheap tinfoil and glue it onto the Windsurfer template. Assemble the template using the slots and simply slip your new antenna onto your Linksys (or other brands ) router.
Not only will this antenna boost your wireless Internet signal, but it can effectively keep other people from stealing your WIFI signal. In a sense it takes the waves that would normally broadcast randomly from your Lynksys router and effectively channels those WIFI waves in a direction that you wish for them to go in.

Using this antenna can save you money, as well as the frustrating task of reconnecting after a dropped signal. It will boost the WIFI signal across your house and helps to connect computer that never even see a signal before.

Tips and warnings:
  • IF you double the size of your Windsurfer antenna you can gain even more signal strength.
  • Focus the antenna in the direction you need the signal to go in.
  • Use this Windsurfer antenna to keep your neighbours from stealing your internet. The signal will decrease in the back-part of the antenna
  • Buying a commercial antenna and installing it can void your warranty.
  • When opening any computer equipment you can be shocked even if the system is turned off.
  • Static from your body can emit a spark that will effectively turn your $3,000 dollar piece of equipment into a plant stand.

Boosting your Wi-Fi connection other methods:
  1. Swap your router for a more powerful model: Routers made by Linksys, Netgear and Belkin are known for being particularly reliable. You can also buy D-Link models specifically designed for long range and rural use. If you're buying a new router, make sure it's a "futureproof" N range model.
  2. Buy a booster: A quality booster, like those offered by Hawking Technologies, can potentially increase your signal strength by 600%. Range amplifying technology increases the power of your connection to improve overall performance. They currently offer the most powerful Wi-Fi adapter on the market.
  3. Repeat yourself: A wireless repeater will help push your broadband further. They work by bouncing your signal between the router, the repeater and your computer, extending the reach of your connection.
  4.  Pick your position: Where you position your router can have a massive impact on signal strength. The more things standing between the router and computer, the harder your signal has to work. High spots like on top of a bookshelf work well because they eliminate most obstacles.
  5. Replace your antenna: Replacing the antenna on your router can boost your signal by sending it further, with an omni-directional hi-gain model - or simply focusing it in one direction. Make sure you can change the aerial on your router before you buy a new one - some have a permanent built-in antenna.
  6. Change the channel: Wireless routers can broadcast across a number of different channels. Changing your channel can prevent interference with other wireless signals and improve your Wi-Fi connection. You can change this in the online settings for your router.
  7. Go back to wires: If you're really struggling to get good wireless, then it might be better to use an Ethernet cable to get online. Data travels faster through wires, so you should get a faster, more reliable connection this way.
  8. Adapt your connection: Power-line adapters also know as homeplugs send data over existing power lines in the home, which means there's no need for messy wires or expensive in-wall ethernet cables. These adaptors allows you to connect to your router from anywhere in your house, by plugging an adapter into your computer and a nearby power supply. 
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