This sounds really promising. I'm not great with homemade electronics but this sounds more like an arts and crafts project. Like a friendship bracelet for my router.
What materials did you use for your antennae reflector? The page I linked from (http://www.freeantennas.com/projects...ate/index.html) has a pic that looks like its made of construction paper. He mentions a pringles can too. Is everyone using pringles cans for this or do you build a cardboard base and cover it with aluminum?
On Saturday, January 11, 2003 12:23:17 AM UTC-5, PaulL wrote:
> Well I cracked up reading your message because I too am in a ranch style
> house and also set up a Netgear MR814 Router. I needed it to reach my
> office desk about 65 feet away which is through 2 very thick exterior
> walls (I'm in an older CBS construction house; concrete-filled block) as
> the crow flies. Like you, I was also using a Netgear MA401 PCMCIA card
> in my laptop.
> My signal made it about 50 feet --just barely in to the office and no
> where close to my desk which is on the far end of the room. I was
> bummed! Had heard that Orinoco cards got better reception and returned
> the netgear card and got the orinoco. Better? You betcha. Got me
> about another 10 feet -- well into the office (could now surf from the
> sofa) -- but still not to the desk: darn it.
> Lots of folks said buy an amp. Lots of folks said buy an antenna. I
> was not thrilled about buying more hardware, especially since there was
> no guarantee it would work and the antennas were going for around $80,
> which is what that Linksys access point you were recomended is also
> going for. Then someone posted me the link to -m- 's (michael erskine)
> web page. Initially the doubting Thomas, I decided to take the plunge.
> I know a very knowledgable sounding and pleasant "network specialist"
> contributor told you not to "waste your time building antenna's." And
> actually, you don't need an antenna, you need a "reflector." I built a
> parabolic reflector, slipped it over the antenna of my Netgear router,
> and with a little experimentaion with orientation, immediately boosted
> the signal to where it now reaches my desk and the far end of the
> Cost? About an hour's worth of my time (and I work slowly!). Most
> people have cereal boxes, aluminum foil, hangers and twisty ties in
> their house!
> I had the exact same hardware as you did. For me, the answer was the
> Orinoco card and a parabolic reflector. Sounds fancy -- it ain't.
> Here's the link to the page with the instructions:
> Having said all that, the tech guy was totally right about location:
> these routers are ultra-sensitive to location and I found that
> differences in postion of even 4-5 inches, especially vertically, can
> significantly affect signal strength. But ultimately I came up short
> --until I built the reflector. If you set up a computer and a router,
> you can build one of these. email if you want and I'll send you a
> picture of mine.
> It's actually kind of fun: go for it. Kudos to michael erskine: these
> darn things are the best kept "secret" in the wireless world :-)
I made a double high for gain antenna. The thing works. What's difficult is
to pinpoint stations. If your inside your getting many reflections, but you
can generally find the most consistent direction and angle.