At home this past weekend, I got fed-up with our Wi-Fi dead-spot. The problem is our Wi-Fi router is in my basement office, and our AppleTV – which is wireless – is in the upstairs living-room on the other side of the house. So, I grabbed a couple items that were lying around and built a Parabolic Reflector.
All I did was:
- Elevated the access-point on a handful of DVD-boxes.
- Grabbed a large square of aluminum foil and folded it over a couple times. Then, I taped the bottom at the base of the antennae and aimed it towards the dead-spot.
Bang! Better Wi-Fi! Our AppleTV signal indicator went from two bars up to five. Our iPhone and iPad signals are stronger as well.
Sure, I could’ve dropped $50-$100 on a Wi-Fi repeater, but this didn’t cost anything and it’s working fine.
UPDATE: Another homemade option (and probably better looking) is the Windsurfer. (H/T @Roerkerken via Twitter)
How about you? Done anything crazy like this to boost your Wi-Fi signal?