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Thread: USB adaptors & DIY antenna = "Poor Man's WiFi"

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    Low Bitrate Terran's Avatar
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    USB adaptors & DIY antenna = "Poor Man's WiFi"

    "Make 2.4GHz parabolic mesh dishes from cheap but sturdy Chinese cookware scoops & a USB WiFi adaptor !
    The largest (300mm diam)shows 15-18dB gain (enough for a LOS range extension to 3-5km), costs ~US$5 &
    comes with a user friendly bamboo handle that suits WLAN fieldwork- if you can handle the curious stares!"

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

    Interesting, I'm going to give this a try...
    Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terran
    "Make 2.4GHz parabolic mesh dishes from cheap but sturdy Chinese cookware scoops & a USB WiFi adaptor !
    The largest (300mm diam)shows 15-18dB gain (enough for a LOS range extension to 3-5km), costs ~US$5 &
    comes with a user friendly bamboo handle that suits WLAN fieldwork- if you can handle the curious stares!"

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

    Interesting, I'm going to give this a try...
    Yeah, me too, when I get around to it! read it a few weeks ago...

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    awsome idea.

    another poor man's attempt is an old direct TV dish- just swap out the LMB with a home made 2.4ghz one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robiewp
    another poor man's attempt is an old direct TV dish- just swap out the LMB with a home made 2.4ghz one.
    Great idea, I have an old dish laying around. Although might be an over kill for what I want to. Extend the range of my wireless network to my drive way.
    Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users?

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    I'm a bit confused here...are we trying to extend the range of our wifi network or perhaps others so we can connect to it. Lost...can someone please help the newbie

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    Yeh, extending the range.
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    Someone else on the boards posted this same link recently.... hmmm. I think he got a range of 3 KM. Except a tree was in his way hehe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motoko
    Yeh, extending the range.
    & improve reception, not to mention getting away without using LMR type antenna cable...

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    My Carputer! (More Car Pics at the end)
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    if i make one to go on the car is it best to make it revolve so i can pick up the best signal?

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