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Video Tutorial – WIFI Antenna Boost Pt.2

Reader questions regarding yesterday’s video have indicated that I needed to revisit this topic — How can I boost my wireless signal strength?

Folks, I have been asked many times about what can be done to improve the wireless signal produced by a home router/WAP. And, like so many things in life, there is no one, single, best answer. A weak signal slows you down, and can cause “connectivity issues” (aka “disconnects”).

Methods for a stronger signal, at a greater distance, include:
* Replace your router’s firmware with a Linux-based system that allows for “antenna gain” adjustment. (Advanced) — free.
* Add a “reflector” (Simple) — free. (and.. today’s video!)
* Replace your antenna with a “signal boosting” (aka “range extending”) antenna, or a directional antenna. (Simple) — $25.
* Upgrade to a Wireless N router. (Simple) — $100.

I recommend the last option. Wireless N routers are quite reasonably priced now. But, as I mentioned in If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It*, some people have a need to “tweak” and “hack”, and try to give things “more power” (ala Tim “The Toolman” Taylor). If you’re one of them, check out this video…

And, you may want to look around the Internet some. There are, literally, thousands of these hacks and tips.

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  1. hi, i want to ask how can i access an internet connection on an exsting password protected wifi internet connection on the neighborhood i want to know the password attached is it posssible to do so?if yes how what software can u suggest to do that. there are so many wifi network in the neighbor but all are pasword protected thanks waiting for ur reply


    Comment by glenn | February 16, 2010 | Reply

    • glenn,
      If you cannot afford to get the Internet into your own residence (I have seen DSL service for as low as $9/month) then I advise you to go to your local public library, or find other public “hotspots” (such as Starbucks) and use the WiFi being offered there as a public service.
      What you want to do is called “theft”.


      Comment by techpaul | February 16, 2010 | Reply

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