How To Build A Tin Can Waveguide WiFi Antenna
If you're looking for an affordable way to increase the range of your wireless network this is one of the innovative diy ideas you can try out. This diy tutorial teaches you how to make a tin can waveguide antenna, also known as a Cantenna. You can build this Cantena for under $5 plus you'll be recycling an old tin can. You can use a tin can from any canned good, beans, fruit, vegetables, soup, or anything else. You'll want to wash out the can really well and get rid of any odors in the can from whatever was in it previously. You can get rid of scents pretty easily by putting some white vinegar in the can and allowing it to sit for a couple of hours and then wash it out with hot water and some dish soap. To remove the labels from your cans to have the nice, metal finish, just simply use some nail polish remover with acetone in it, or heat up the glue to break down the adhesive in it with a hair dryer. There are many diy ideas that help you recycle old tin cans like making them into decorative pen and pencil holders or into candle holders by poking little holes in them to make decorative designs for the candle light to come through.
Out of all the diy ideas involving tin cans you probably never thought that you could make a WIFI booster out of a can. WIFI boosters are great for times when you need your WIFI signal to reach just a little bit further than it can. Usually, this will be from room to room or from the front of your house to the back, or maybe even outside. You can purchase WIFI boosters at an electronic shop but instead of spending money on a signal booster, you can make your own for next to nothing. If you're living an off grid life, this may help to boost your weak WIFI signal. Sometimes off grid internet can be pretty weak since there aren't a lot of service towers out in the country. There are also areas where off grid internet is impossible to get and you may have to use a mobile hot spot. You can either use your own cell phone's data for internet access on your computer, or you can buy a hot spot device that gets you data signals to use on your computer. Either way, the diy WIFI booster could possibly help increase the signal from your mobile hotspot too.
To make this awesome contraption all you need is you tin can of course, an N-type Female Chassis-mount connector, four small nuts and bolts, and some thick wire. One side of the connector is the N female end for connecting a cable from your wireless equipment; then the other end will have a small brass stub for soldering on some wire. You can find these at electronics stores no problem, or you can always order them online. The photos and details of what you need are over on the Turn Point website. You need to punch holes in the can in the right place to mount the connector. The placement is actually very important so on the Turn Point website; you'll find a calculator that will help you locate the exact spot on your can to punch your hole. The full instructions are on their website for you to follow and test out. It could be a little bit of an experiment for you to try out in your spare time. Have fun with it and see how well it works to boost your WIFI signal.***
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