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Written by Icrontic   
Thursday, 24 January 2008

Have you ever been stuck outside of your fixed wireless network range left wondering what to do about it? Want to try a fun and easy little DIY project that works as a cheap, reliable alternative to a wireless repeater? Do what I did and build yourself a Cantenna! I was in a sticky situation recently. We had switched from a wired network to a wireless network, and I had just acquired a Nintendo Wii. However, our new wireless router, for whatever reason, did not put out a strong enough signal for either the Wii or my laptop to connect with. What to do, oh please God, tell me what to do!

After sitting down in the kitchen and researching for a bit I figured I had three options. One was to buy a signal booster to hook into the router. This was quickly ruled out, however, because my mother has the same level of technical expertise and trust as most Amish folks (No offense to them, but hey, if your Amish, why are you reading this anyway?) So that idea was swiftly written off. My second option was to buy a wireless repeater. Not only was that extremely expensive, but it would make things easy, and we all know what happens when things begin to look easy. So, by process of elimination, I had decided to go with the Cantenna approach. It sounded fun, different, and best of all, cheap to do.

But how to go about it? This required more research. I plowed through the Internet's vast network of tubes until I came upon a modest, almost bare bones site that was filled to the brim with information that I could use. It turns out that a Cantenna is a fairly simple thing to build. You just need a can, an N-female chassis mount connector, a Pigtail connector cord (both of those can be bought here; I chose the MC 60 inch cord type, as it was the right type for the wireless card I chose and it gave me the extra room to move around), a few small nuts and bolts, a small length of copper wire, and tools to solder(recommended, but possibly optional). Now simply follow these steps to construct the cantenna. I wish I had pictures of the process of making it, but at the time, I didn't know I'd be writing an article on it. Icrontic


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