Skip to comments.Wi Fi Antenna Do they work
Posted on 12/16/2009 4:51:43 PM PST by Don@VB
I work near a wi-fi restaurant.....
Get the wi-fire. I have it, though I’m not using it now.
It triples the signal, approximately.
It costs...about $55 —all kinds of people will ask you about it.
You can also boost the signal further by using a common colander or strainer behind it —buy one at a dollar store.
You can also make a CANTENNA quite easily. It’s loads of fun.
Netgear has a repeater and range extender.
Yes, for whipping muggers, thugs and unsightly street people.
Here are some possibilities.
It may be illegal in your state to use someone else’s signal. Do some research on your state.
I just recently bought an iPhone and it was always asking me if I wanted to join this or that Wi-Fi network. Sometimes at a McDonalds or at a Starbucks. Since I don’t even know what they are, I always declined.
You could make your own if you wanted to experiment.
AFAIK if the wireless accesspoint is open it may not be illegal.
I use a repeater in my home. Need because addition was added, I have to transmit thru old brick wall.
Ok. Wireless in Virginia Beach!
He said it was a restaurant, and you can guarantee if a restaurant is blasting out a WiFi signal, it’s for the public... LOL...
I’ve been to lots of restaurants that have it... :-)
This one is HILARIOUS, and I’ve done it —it works.
ALL KINDS of people will love this, and will stop to ask you about it —the MacGuyvor factor is SUPER high with this one —they will look at you like you’re ET, phoning home.
Mount it on top of a camera tripod, and it’s a total scream. And really cheap. I love this stuff.
Antennas are necessary to receive virtually any radio frequency signal at virtually any frequency the antenna's design length calls for. One sure way to improve reception is with a directional antenna, which will provide considerable improvement compared to an omni-directional antenna.
A directional antenna is the equivalent of gain. Assuming the antenna is for the correct frequency, pointed in an optimum direction, and the correct impedance, the signal will be improved.
However, none of that guarantees you will achieve your goal because the stronger signal may still be too weak. The next move is a better antenna, a more sensitive receiver, or, if you have access, a more powerful transmitter.
You can use many things for the signal collector:
4. oven burner protector thang
5. discarded Direct TV dish
6. metallic snow disk (this is a sled, but looks like 1/2 of a UFO)
My friend used #5 to collect and reflect the signal into a cantenna which had a signal condenser —it would suck in signals from over 9 miles away —really high performance. In an urban area most folks will pick up 9 signals, but w/this thang he picked up about 200.
You can get those dishes used on craiglist —my buddy bought his for $15.
The software that comes with the Wi-Fire device is good and permits a CONSTANT REFRESH of all signals detected.
In this way the engineer gains more timely feedback regarding the fitness of any dish adjustment —this precludes the need to laboriously/repeatedly hit “refresh” for the signals detected.
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This one works very nicely and is cheap. The range is several miles with a clear line of sight. I’ve got 2 of them.
Why not quit your current job and apply for a position at the restaurant?
Its my business! :-)
Are you a wi-fi antenna? If so, then I guess they work.
Its a hotel,not a restaurant my mistake. I only have a laptop no antenna.
Your iPhone's default WiFi setting is to sniff out WiFi AP's and ask if it's okay to connect. You can turn that off if you like. The icons that come up in the list will tell you if it's a locked AP or public.
Sometimes it's annoying, it pops up as you're driving (someone else is actually driving) along somewhere, when you're not interested in connecting or won't be there long enough.
Other times it's nice to have it let you know. Like you visit the neighborhood pub or restaurant and they have a public AP. Once you tell the iPhone it's okay to connect to a particular site, it will remember it and automatically connect when you're in range.
In our house the access point is upstairs, one end of the house. ALmost no signal in family room downstairs using built-in antenna. Inexpensive external antenna increased signal significantly, making it usable.
Kinda. The approach that worked for me was a wifi usb device that has an extension wire allowing me to position the entire device at any given ‘sweet spot’.
Coincidentally, the cafe owner that Peterson was leeching WiFi off of didn't even realize that what Peterson was doing was a crime at the time. Neither did the police officer. "I had a feeling a law was being broken, but I didn't know exactly what," Sparta police chief Andrew Milanowski told the TV station. And hence a perfect reason for following any competent attorney's advice -- "never ever talk to the police"... LOL... That was the big mistake the guy made...
Just so everyone knows... ya don't need an attorney to refuse to talk to the police. But, if the police are pressing you, then you might want to get one. Otherwise, never talk to the police under any circumstances...
And with the police always looking for a charge to put on someone (Hey! It's their job... LOL...), the best advice that you or I or anyone can get is to never ever talk to the police under any circumstances, anywhere at anytime...
Professor James Duanes now famous 5th Amendment lecture - popularly known as Dont talk to the police! - has amassed a considerable internet following. The lecture, given as part of Regent Law Schools spring preview weekend.
That’s great advice. And, yes, a few cops are always looking for something, anything, to bust you for. The last time I was pulled over, ten years ago, was for a cracked rear window.
Uh, it was a convertible, with a plastic window...hello?
Thanks, been in business 21 years!!
These home made antennas use an external usb network adaptor. Would this external wireless adaptor be used along with the existing wireless card/adaptor already being used in my laptop. Could they conflict or mess up my computer.
First, you read the bible of DIY wifi antennas...
then you decide if you should DIY or buy a commercial product:
I will most definitely drop by next summer!
J H Thanks for the link!!