Saw that on the ScreenSavers last night...also showed one made from a coffee can. They stated you could direct the signal up to two miles with the coffee can. The also showed a commercial one that sold for about $4-500. Would think you would have to have a clear line of sight for them to work.<br><br>
Doesn't have to be line of site. I use a Lucent technologies to boost my airport base station. Without boost it will go through about three cinderblock walls in the lab. With the boost it will go through about six. At home the signal will pass through half of my house, through my cross the street neighbors house and be picked up in his backyard. (Just testing).<br>one wall in the lab has iron pillars which hold up the building. It can't get around that.<br><br>
Range Extender Antenna from Lucent Technologies. I just did a search and found this http://devices.planet-wireless.de/reant/ Which has a picture of the ones I bought three years ago. That page says "Agere formely Lucent" and another page calls the company "Orinoco". Someone either got bought out or bought the technology or different countries deal with different sources.<br>A stat on that page says,"boosts signal by 15-25%" which doesn't sound like much. Completely unscientific I seem to get at least double the distance. Biggest differnce may be that once I got the antenna I mounted it up high away from other electronics. At the lab it is poking out of the ceiling in the hallway and at home it is up in the attic.<br>Stands about 8x1 inch tall white plastic on a round black base.<br><br><br>
#24504 - 11/05/0202:42 PMRe: build a wi-fi antenna with a pringles can
Thanks, Poly.<br>Mine is in the attic and equal distance from wife's cube and kitchen iMac. I just needed about 10 ft either way. The kitchen mac picked up the signal if it was on the floor, in the doorway,lol. Not a handy place.<br><br>
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