Wi-Fi Booster

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Wi-Fi Booster by airewav Aug 22, 2016
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Help boost your Wi-Fi router's signal!
Just cover the inner parabolic area with standard aluminum foil, place directly behind your Wi-Fi's antenna (so that it projects outwards), and you're done. If your Wi-Fi router does not have an antenna, just place it behind in the same way.

Supposedly it amplifies the electromagnetic signals from the transponder to receiver, thus increasing the frequency and reducing wavelength for more speed.

This print measures 5 inches in height, but you can scale up with your editor/slicer if necessary.

I printed mine in PLA w/ .3 layer @ 5% infill.

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The description as to 'why this works' is complete bs if anyone cares XD If it actually changed your frequency, then guess what? You wouldn't be able to connect to your router, and/or you would get LESS range/strength... It doesn't do any amplification. And it won't really work 'very well' with aluminum foil either. You need something mildly thicker, not flimsy, and the proper material in general. What it 'really' "would" do, is REFLECT the waves towards the area you are needing it. But again, it won't help much. It'll mainly just prevent that 'side of the house/whatever' from getting any signal at all. Its the equivalent of placing your Access Point between two thick lightning rods... The 'radio waves' is technically, and very loosely, "electricity". They are electromagnetic 'waves' that are absorbed by anything that conducts electricity. So placing aluminum foil behind it, in theory, would absorb a small portion of the WiFi's 'energy' and reflects what remains. Since it isn't grounded, it wont absorb hardly anything, but because its being reflected, it throws noise into the signal thanks to the improper curvature of the object and thus, the foil. This again, will may increase your overall range since in theory, the 'waves' "are" more concentrated towards a given area and thus should be 'stronger', but the QUALITY of the signal will be crap. Remember back in the day when your WiFi icon would show up Red, Yellow, or Green as well as have signal strength bars? Well if Windows and the like still implemented that type of icon, and you were able to get a Green signal in the living room but only 1 out of 5 bars, then after doing this, you MIGHT get 2 out of 5 bars, but now your quality would be Yellow or even Red because of the jumbled up noise and packet loss...

You're better off just getting a larger antenna if you're wanting better strength/range... which is just as easy, if not easier, than printing out this thing... All you'd have to do to make a home made antenna is find some decent gauged copper wire and either 'attach it' to the end of your existing cable, or you can just make yourself a whole cable by getting the little screw on connector cap and then attaching your longer/thicker wire to it. Just make sure you heat shrink it. Then, if you have something like DD-WRT flashed to your router, you can even bump up the power sent to your antenna(s) so long as you don't burn up the electronics on the inside by pushing it too far. That would give you overall better performance than simply putting aluminum foil behind your router, and it'd cost you either exactly the same, or even less depending on what you already have laying around.

The antenna should be at the center of the arc.. i anyone is curious