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"Poorman's WiFi"- USB adapters & DIY cookware reflectors!


by manuka on August 21, 2006 Table of Contents intro: "Poorman's WiFi"- USB adapters & DIY cookware reflectors! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 1: Inbuilt laptop WiFi may only be useful with strong nearby APs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 2: Parabolic Asian cookware! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 3: High school level parabolic maths & a tape measure IDs prospective cookware ! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 4: The profile of promising parabolic reflectors can be matched to a hanging chain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 5: Reflecting sunshine to the parabolic "hotspot" also helps locate the focal point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 6: Support the USB WiFi adapter & lead with a cheap garden hose connector! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 7: Suits site survey auditing! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 8: Portable or indoor use- simple supports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 9: Boutique version- flexible lamp stand. (Netstumbler shows ~12dB gain = 4x range!) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 10: Long range work (wok?) may now be possible- typically maxing at 3-5km line of sight (LOS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 11: Weather proofing? Perhaps a wide mouth baby's bottle?! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Related Instructables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advertisements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Customized Instructable T-shirts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 6 6 6 7 7 7 7

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intro: "Poorman's WiFi"- USB adapters & DIY cookware reflectors!


We've reached an age when internet access & email should be available for everyone AS A RIGHT. Aside from obvious educational benefits, the ability to port audio, phone calls,messages & even video helps banish the tyranny of isolation & ignorance. Better informed people make for a happier world... In regions without a wired LAN infrastructure, 2.4GHz IEEE802.11b/g "WiFi" increasingly allows a attractive datacomms pathway at modest end user & setup cost. However (given successful WiFi links are still rather a black art!) it'll be the boring things which will limit success,blow budgets & frustrate. And by boring we mean costly copper cables, specialised connectors, aluminium sections & plates, plastic housings, sturdy fasteners,mount poles etc. Allow $$$ ... As part of an altruistic 2004 NZ student project,it was realised cheap USB WiFi adapters, in conjunction with reflective parabolic cookware, could offer a cost effective workaround. The USB approach appealed since All the microwave-data decoding is done right in the USB "key", so no cable losses occur. Regular cheap USB extension cables (to some 5m) & connectors can be used to locate signal localised sweet spots, perhaps with auditing software such as Netstumbler. USB "keys" are cheap (~US$10),although their power output may be low (~40mW). Easy swap outs for testing assorted reflectors & adaptors results. The USB keys can readily be mounted at the focal point of suitable parabolic reflectors, yielding gains of ~12dB at little cost with just cookware,sieves,woks or the like. Such gains can extend line of site (LOS) ranges to several km. 'Check further DIY pictorial details & test results at our EXTREMELY popular "WokFi" resource site !

step 1: Inbuilt laptop WiFi may only be useful with strong nearby APs
Laptop inbuilt WiFi may be "screened"- roving USB adapters help find "sweet spots"

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step 2: Parabolic Asian cookware!


Reflective devices for 2.4 GHz WiFi abound- pot lids,sieves,lamp shades etc! Asian cookware is sturdy,cheap & easily modified

step 3: High school level parabolic maths & a tape measure IDs prospective cookware !

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step 4: The profile of promising parabolic reflectors can be matched to a hanging chain
The profile of promising parabolic reflectors can be matched to a hanging chain

step 5: Reflecting sunshine to the parabolic "hotspot" also helps locate the focal point
Reflecting sunshine to the parabolic "hotspot" also helps locate the focal point

step 6: Support the USB WiFi adapter & lead with a cheap garden hose connector!
Support the USB WiFi adapter & lead with a cheap garden hose connector!

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step 7: Suits site survey auditing!


Done- suits site survey auditing!

step 8: Portable or indoor use- simple supports.


Portable or indoor use- simple supports.

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step 9: Boutique version- flexible lamp stand. (Netstumbler shows ~12dB gain = 4x range!)
Boutique version- flexible lamp stand. (Netstumbler shows ~12dB gain = 4x range!)

step 10: Long range work (wok?) may now be possible- typically maxing at 3-5km line of sight (LOS)

step 11: Weather proofing? Perhaps a wide mouth baby's bottle?!


Weather proofing? Perhaps a wide mouth baby's bottle?!

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!Andrew_Modder! says:

Jul 16, 2007. 3:18 PM REPLY cool, now if your poor you can steal internet! :-P Most buisness'es have encryption, and some houses to (most dont) so if you live in a city or semi- packed area you can get free internet :-P! great instructable!

squirrl para says:


I like steeling Internet

Mar 24, 2009. 11:17 AM REPLY

sameheddy says:
help me my usb wire when i long it it doesn't recognize the device - how can i fix that- i think it needs more power

Mar 17, 2009. 8:31 AM REPLY

agis68 says:
GENIUS.......and Simple....5/5

Nov 27, 2008. 9:44 PM REPLY

wurlybird9 says:
very nice instructable! good pics and annotations

Nov 7, 2008. 11:25 PM REPLY

sankhaingphyo says:
Oh!! So great!! Thanks for all.

Nov 2, 2008. 6:33 AM REPLY

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xjessie007 says:

Oct 1, 2008. 12:51 PM REPLY Something related to access points. Not even those that are encrypted are safe. There can be found many tutorials on the web that explain how to get the WEP key. Here are a few examples: How to crack WEP encryption (wifi security) How to break MAC filtering (wifi security)

themonkeyz says:

Jul 19, 2008. 5:13 PM REPLY Well my access point is open while still isolated from my wired network. Anyway I've got a 200gb cap.. And my neighbor was very happy to be able to use it while waiting for his line to get connected. If everyone would do this it would just be awesome.

indiecoyote says:
Hmm, very socialist message. Read some Ayn Rand...lol

Sep 4, 2007. 10:30 PM REPLY

hachi-control says:
Oh noes, it benefits everyone equally. This is madness!

Jul 12, 2008. 1:10 AM REPLY

Future filmaker says:


pretty soon the FAA is gonna come banging on your door because airplanes are falling out of the sky from this!

Jul 3, 2008. 6:35 AM REPLY

Gavabc123 says:
cool my laptop (eee pc) can pick up wi fi signals from about 100metres away

Jun 23, 2008. 9:07 PM REPLY

dollariipe says:
Ok, I'll take that back that's pretty cool...

May 5, 2008. 7:50 AM REPLY

dollariipe says:
LOL

May 5, 2008. 7:46 AM REPLY

kakashii says:

Nov 30, 2007. 9:19 PM REPLY how can i use one antenna with three pc/laptops and have each computer pickup a different or same signal! i can't get any hot spot range without teh antenna!

kakashii says:
als have a qustion about a post called: How-To: Build a WiFi biquad dish antenna. question: I'm curious to know why is it necessary to remove the LNB from the dish? Wouldn't the LNB work like a can?

Nov 28, 2007. 2:00 AM REPLY

iKiLLdJFK says:

Oct 21, 2007. 6:12 PM REPLY I have hurd of people getting 10k off these things. i also read an article on San In San Francisco USA, There is a WAN (Wide Area Network) that is free and public based with no restrictions!. Free internet, LAN Games, File Sharing, No Fees!, and its all free!. Streaming DVD, Video Files, TV, Music is also Something that could be looked at once the network is hooked up?. Free Voip could also be intergrated (Internet/network phone calls). The problem is getting the coverage for such a project for this to work. we need people and resources. People can also donate any amount of bandwidth to share on the network (i.e. 1gig or more?). Coverage could be overcome with the concept of WokFI as seen here http://www.usbwifi.orcon.net.nz/ I think these small ideas can be the building blocks of a free network without the extreme regulations of a professionally run network. Auckland wide Wifi Network? anyone keen? or have ideas to expand on this?

finnegan19 says:
I have a MacBook Pro, and was wondering if I could still use this set-up to enhance or instead of my built-in airport? Thanks!

Aug 13, 2007. 6:34 PM REPLY

jaadmc says:

Jul 31, 2007. 3:43 PM REPLY i have a D-link range boosterG desk top adapter and a D-link 7dBi omni directional high gain indoor antenna. Would i be able to some how use your idea with this type of antenna??? or does it only work for the usb type antenna??? thanks

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jaadmc says:
im still not sure what you're saying and i dont mean to bother you but i really dont understand .... bi quad????

Jul 31, 2007. 10:27 PM REPLY

manuka says:
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Jul 31, 2007. 5:40 PM

josefy says:
Manuka, first of all thank you for sharing your experiences. I thought I would share my experimenting also.

Jul 31, 2007. 11:34 PM REPLY

I have had a different experience. That is, more APs at lower levels. Most houses in my neighborhood, SW Minneapolis are the same level ranches. I have gone up on roofs and aimed the antenna around, but have had the best luck mounting it under the eve of my house. I have a homemade usb with a parabola reflector. Your terrain may be ideal, houses of different levels sending signals over neighboring rooftops.

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