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How to boost your WiFi signal with a beer can (with Photos! you boozehounds)
the chive ^ | Septe 11, 2011 | chiv

Posted on 09/11/2011 7:55:24 PM PDT by max americana

I love a good hack, especially one that requires me to throw back a cold one before hand (or during). This simple wifi boost has actually been shown to increase signal strength by at least 2 to 4 bars. And, well, I will drink to that.

These instructions came to me via The Chive and i think they are most definitely worth checking out. But here is the most important question: what kind of beer will you use?

For this project you are going to need scissors, a utility knife, some adhesive putty and an empty beer can. More than one empty beer can is acceptable but don’t kid yourself, the router only needs the one.

The first step is to wash out your empty beer can, unless of course said beer is a can of Natural Light. If it is Naty Light, promptly go drink a better beer. You really should be ashamed of yourself.

Once the can has dried, you will want to remove it’s pull tab.

Only perform this next step if you have not been drinking. Using the utility knife, saw off the bottom of the can. Chances are your can will not have a red dotted line. If you see one, put down the knife…you’ve had too much beer.

You’ll notice in the above step that the can’s pull tab has returned. Clearly, there are only two possible reasons for this. One, you are really drunk and you never removed the tab in the first place. Or–the more likely answer–beer cans can regenerate themselves.



TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Hobbies; Miscellaneous; Science
KEYWORDS: antenna; beer; beercan; cantenna; internet; router; wifi
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Disclaimer: don't blame me if you happen to stab yourself while boozing. And don't just place a can of Schlitz on the router because you are too lazy to cut open a beer can. Happy wifi!
1 posted on 09/11/2011 7:55:27 PM PDT by max americana
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To: max americana

Redneck WiFi?

If your wireless router says “Budweiser” on it...you might be a redneck.


2 posted on 09/11/2011 8:03:13 PM PDT by RockinRight (Carter Obama and Reagan the nation!)
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To: max americana

Nice simple concept.

They gave no guidance about the shape of the reflector and it seems a little arbitrary to use the pop-top hole for spacing. Should be a 1/4 wave length from reflector where the antenna goes through the lid of the can.

Great idea, wonder if it was one of my Ham friends who thought this up. The old ones are still cheap and this looks like something they would do. hee hee hee


3 posted on 09/11/2011 8:04:24 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: max americana
For better reception where ever you are:


4 posted on 09/11/2011 8:04:28 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Democrats are violent. Prisons are overflowing with democrats convicted of violent crimes.)
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To: ShadowAce

This is a good one!


5 posted on 09/11/2011 8:04:53 PM PDT by GOPJ (126 people were indicted for being terrorists in the last two years. Every one of them was Muslim.)
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To: max americana

Are longboys like Busch’s (taller) preferable to Foster’s (wider)?

With the former, if it don’t work, you could always say:

Busch’s Fault!


6 posted on 09/11/2011 8:05:24 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: max americana
I've got one of these. Note that it doesn't have a standard antenna. Also note that it is supposed to have better range than my old one with 3 antennas. IT DOESN'T!


7 posted on 09/11/2011 8:05:57 PM PDT by BreezyDog
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To: max americana

Naw..! Pringles Can, bro..!

Coffee can, too..! I’m serious.


8 posted on 09/11/2011 8:13:37 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: max americana

Hmmm, I might try this a little later.


9 posted on 09/11/2011 8:14:09 PM PDT by jpsb
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To: max americana

Except, the trouble is that most routers now have internal antennas.


10 posted on 09/11/2011 8:15:43 PM PDT by Obadiah (Okay, so what's the speed of dark?)
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To: BreezyDog

get the Foster’s can, the thing looks wide.


11 posted on 09/11/2011 8:18:32 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: Obadiah

I think just resting on the chassis this rig would improve signal to noise ratio by scattering.


12 posted on 09/11/2011 8:18:34 PM PDT by Prospero (non est ad astra mollis e terris via)
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To: Revolting cat!

I’ve been using the (bow’s head)...Pabst.


13 posted on 09/11/2011 8:20:51 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: max americana

14 posted on 09/11/2011 8:24:05 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: max americana
Foster's: Australian for even longer range WiFi.
15 posted on 09/11/2011 8:27:02 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Due to the earthquake the president has officially implemented Rule 18-1.)
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To: BreezyDog
This Works:D-Link ANT24-0700 2.4GHz Omni-Directional 7dBi Indoor Antenna


16 posted on 09/11/2011 8:27:22 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Democrats are violent. Prisons are overflowing with democrats convicted of violent crimes.)
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To: Texas Fossil; max americana; neverdem; MHGinTN; hobbes1

My beer can does not have a red line.


17 posted on 09/11/2011 8:29:43 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: max americana

The wonders of electromagnetic wave physics. An approximation of a stretched parabola reflector dish. Works best if antenna is positioned in the focus of the parabola.

I genned up a redneck directional parabolic dish to boost my WiFi antenna using aluminum foil taped to the back side of an old umbrella. Used rubber band to hold antenna to umbrella pole in approximate focal area. It actually boosted the signal significantly, but very tricky to figure out optimum direction if you don’t know where the WiFi signal is coming from with multiple sources.


18 posted on 09/11/2011 8:34:55 PM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

I think it becomes visible after about the 12th can.


19 posted on 09/11/2011 8:38:59 PM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: anymouse

the umbrella could be held with only rubber band to the router?


20 posted on 09/11/2011 8:42:04 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

you’ll start seeing the red line right after the 6th beer can..use a Bowie knife instead of scissors.


21 posted on 09/11/2011 8:44:04 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: max americana

I have no doubt that this works, I have had good success doing a similar setup with ordinary foil and backing.

I bet a lot of people are going to cut themselves doing this to the can though


22 posted on 09/11/2011 8:50:48 PM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: max americana

better have plenty of needle and thread handy. you’re gonna need stitches.


23 posted on 09/11/2011 8:54:21 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: max americana

Not to router, to the WiFi receiver antenna connected to my computer.


24 posted on 09/11/2011 9:04:26 PM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: max americana

Ping for later... see if I can get away with not replacing my router.


25 posted on 09/11/2011 9:13:33 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I've tried to think like a liberal, but I can't get my head far enough up my behind...)
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To: max americana

Outstanding stuff...amazing what you can do with a tin can.

When I was a kid, my Dad was a CB radio nut, and he kept a large “Charles Chips” potato chip can near the desk with his radio gear, and when he wanted an echo effect, he would point his boom mike into that big metal can, and then howl into it to get the damnedest tinny echo sound...

My Grandfather was a CB radio nut too, and since he lived all of 15 miles away he was in a perfect place to give my Dad advice on how he sounded on the air. He’d turn his beam antenna to aim it at my Dad, listen to him on the radio and then call him on the phone to give him advice on how to improve it. I remember trying to get to sleep as a kid and listening to the Old Man howling at South Africa and sounding like Goulardi with that weird echo.....

KMK 4071...”The Voice of the Eagle” in Northwest Ohio...


26 posted on 09/11/2011 9:14:30 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Obama got mostly Ds and Fs all through college and law school. Keep repeating it.....)
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To: max americana
The Most Interesting Man In the World can make that crap work with a glass bottle, too.


27 posted on 09/11/2011 9:22:48 PM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: max americana

Paging Mr. McGyver, to the red phone.

Mr. McGyver to the red phone.

Your assistance is needed in aisle 12.


28 posted on 09/11/2011 9:57:41 PM PDT by barstoolblues (proud member of the sunzab itches club)
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To: max americana

Paging Mr. McGyver, to the red phone.

Mr. McGyver to the red phone.

Your assistance is needed in aisle 12.


29 posted on 09/11/2011 9:57:55 PM PDT by barstoolblues (proud member of the sunzab itches club)
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To: RockinRight

ROTFLMAO¡!!!!!!!¡


30 posted on 09/11/2011 10:07:13 PM PDT by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

That’s because you did not drink enough of it as per the aforementioned warning.


31 posted on 09/11/2011 10:10:41 PM PDT by Republic_of_Secession.
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To: max americana

Wonder if it’ll work on the antenna for my wireless speaker system that gets a little fuzzy in the far reaches of the house.


32 posted on 09/11/2011 11:10:40 PM PDT by HHFi
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To: JoeProBono

“Hey Jim, apparently Hector was joking when he said, “Shake the can well before popping the top for an extra “experience”.”


33 posted on 09/11/2011 11:18:10 PM PDT by uptoolate (For the record: I have complete assurance that nothing can pluck me from His hand)
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To: max americana
A rednecks attempts to make a homemade antenna;
1st try-following directions cuts were made to can with ergonomic utility knife...beer spurted everywhere.
2nd try- same results as 1st try.
3rd try-reread instructions and it said use empty can. I emptied 6 cans as quickly as possible, chug a lug, because I wanted a first rate antenna.
4th try-my ergonomic utility knife malfunctioned and cut my hand. Emptied 4 more cans while waiting for bleeding to stop.
5th try-running low on cans so I drove down to the local AMPM and picked up a couple more six pack of antennas. Bleeding hadn't stopped so I emptied a few more cans.
6th try- using hacksaw because of defective utility knife I made an antenna. Emptied a few more cans in celebration. I don't think the antenna works...wonder if I need to hook it up to something. I will think that out as I empty rest of the cans to help me think better.
final note-the arresting officer at the AMPM that my truck crashed into explained that I needed a computer first...that cousin Floyd has always been smart like that. But, how smart can he be as he left me sitting in the front seat of his patrol car which just happens to have a computer in plain sight. Guess I had better go get a couple of more sixpacks from the AMPM while I walk home and hook up this here computer. I will let you know tomorrow how this scientific endeavor turns out.
34 posted on 09/11/2011 11:26:29 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Obama is just the symptom of what is destroying the U.S.)
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To: max americana

The DIY WiFi antenna bodger codex

http://www.usbwifi.orconhosting.net.nz/


35 posted on 09/12/2011 12:58:25 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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36 posted on 09/12/2011 4:39:25 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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37 posted on 09/12/2011 4:40:15 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: max americana
Why? I get WiFi all over my yard and house with my existing router. I can go up to a hundred feet away and get it.

Maybe the guy who did this doesn't know that he can access his router and set the strength level.

38 posted on 09/12/2011 4:50:17 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: max americana

The Big Mew thinks it best to try a variety of different cans to ensure optimum performance.


39 posted on 09/12/2011 4:54:46 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: raybbr

Or maybe he just likes beer :-)


40 posted on 09/12/2011 4:57:32 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: raybbr

How do I increase it by the router? I don’t drink beer lol.


41 posted on 09/12/2011 5:22:14 AM PDT by tutstar
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To: tutstar
You have to access your router. Try "routerlogin.com". You will need the password for the router and probably the number on the router.

Look for power setting or signal strength settings. On mine the default was 5 of 10. I left it there as that is enough.

I had a Linksys router that would let me do that.

You might also be able to select the channel the router transmits on. If you have a lot of wireless devices around you transmitting you might want to set it to a specific channel.

Your router manufacturer probably has a web page for all this info. What kind of router do you have.

42 posted on 09/12/2011 5:40:32 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: mewzilla
Or maybe he just likes beer :-)

Well, there is always that...

43 posted on 09/12/2011 5:43:53 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: raybbr

netgear, I’ll go the site and see if I can do it


44 posted on 09/12/2011 5:50:28 AM PDT by tutstar
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To: JoeProBono

That just made me squirm.


45 posted on 09/12/2011 6:34:08 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Ok, just to review. Here is a list of things that are NOT rights: A home, Health care, and a job.)
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To: krb
The Most Interesting Man In the World can make that crap work with a glass bottle, too.

Well, to be fair, it DOES have foil stuck on the outside.

46 posted on 09/12/2011 7:57:51 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: max americana; glock rocks; NormsRevenge; Pete-R-Bilt; B4Ranch; SouthTexas

Breaking Technical News. Tex and I will need to borrow a beer can if Root Beer won’t work...


47 posted on 09/12/2011 8:16:57 AM PDT by tubebender (She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.)
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Now that I’ve had a minute to think about I’ll bet old Red Green came up with this long ago...


48 posted on 09/12/2011 8:21:06 AM PDT by tubebender (She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.)
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To: max americana

Cantennae

49 posted on 09/12/2011 8:29:17 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: tubebender

No problem, the kid next door has a front yard full of them!


50 posted on 09/12/2011 8:45:32 AM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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