How to Build a Cantenna
As promised, I am now posting pictures and instructions that I used to build my cantenna. As
always, if you injure yourself or damage your equipment, or get in to any kind of trouble, I
cannot be held responsible. Do at your own risk!
Things you'll need:
A wireless adapter with an external antenna port
An N-femail connector
2 inch, 12-gauge copper wire
4 #6, short screws
A drill, or a nail and hammer with some patience.
Solder and a soldering iron.
Step 1: Get a wireless card that has an external antenna connector. These are surprisingly
hard to find. Check out E-bay, there are severalOrinoco, IBM Wavelan, or Buffalo PCMCIA
cards that will do the trick.
For the brave, you can also modify several existing cards or USB devices to create an
external antenna connector. This is what I chose to do. I have a Linksys WUSB11 wireless
USB network adapter. If you pop it apart by removing the screw under the top left rubber foot
(voiding your warranty of course), there is an MMCX connecter that is used to connect the
existing antenna. (on versions2.5 and above, previous versions you will have to buy a
connector and solder it in yourself.) Just disconnect the antenna from the connector, and you
have a nice port you can use for your cantenna.