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I recently moved into a new apartment, and currently do not have internet. To anyone who has grown up on technology, like me, this is a major deal. It has been killing me inside to not be able to browse the Pit whenever I felt boredom settling in, so I devised an amazing plan.

By testing the different wi-fi signals throughout the entire apartment, I found that the only unsecured network was down a few apartments. I had only one problem, the only place that the signal was strong enough to go on the internet was in my parent's bedroom. Myself, having a desktop computer with a wifi usb adapter, could not set up in their room. So I had to come up with a way to make the signal better from my room.

By positioning the USB adapter around various parts of my computer desk, I found that in some places I could achieve a signal strength of 6%. That roughly translates to 1MB/s. Anyone who is technology savvy knows that that is not nearly enough to browse webpages. I had to do better than that, so I built myself a wi-fi satellite dish.



Using a lid of a pan and some aluminum foil, I created a concave reflective surface. Using some math, I found that the focal point of the reflected waves would be exactly 6" out from the dish's deepest part. I ran some tests, and eventually achieved a signal strength of 28%, nearly 5 times the original strength.

TL;DR - Built ghetto satellite dish (see picture) to boost wi-fi signal

I was so proud of myself, that I had to tell the Pit. And also to ask, Has anyone else in the Pit build something so ghetto and far-fetched, but it has actually worked?
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MushroomEDIT: I "built" myself a magic wand once, and then somehow convinced myself that it worked. I was pretty proud until I woke up the next day and realised it was all a lie


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#5
Pretty sure you're crazy, and this is illegal.
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#6
That is indeed awesome.
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#7
well its a lot better than my 60k PS that I pay $30 a month for.
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#8
Tbh that's pretty awesome. I'd probably do something like that myself if I actually required to steal someone elses wifi xP

However, the closest I got to that was making a whiteboard when I was little by using one of those plastic poster display... things and turning the poster around so the background was white.
Worked for a few years...
#9
he approves

though he could've done more with less
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#10
woah thats cool
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MushroomEDIT: I "built" myself a magic wand once, and then somehow convinced myself that it worked. I was pretty proud until I woke up the next day and realised it was all a lie


Way to get my hopes up

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#12
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Get that shit completely smooth and you might be able to get a bit more signal out of it.


I'm working on it as I type this. I've also heard that chocolate (rubbing it on) would help produce a better shine.
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#13
you can buy things that you plug into a wall socket that will mimic a wireless signal. You could plug it in your bedroom and get pretty much full strengh connection allover your apartment afaik
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I'm working on it as I type this. I've also heard that chocolate (rubbing it on) would help produce a better shine.

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I lol'd.
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That's far too clever to be posted in the Pit.
#19
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This is both brilliant but also a tad sad.
go outside.




I love outside, but I have to have the Pit too. Honestly, it's a pain to live without internet for a number of reasons.
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#20


As for myself, Almost every time I go out skaitng I ghetto-rig some crazy contraption and it actually works.

Let me see if I can find a picture of one of my more awesome ones.






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I'm working on it as I type this. I've also heard that chocolate (rubbing it on) would help produce a better shine.


Maybe you should ask these guys for help?



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#23
Daaayum that's ghetto
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It's been killing you to not browse the pit? wow


Not just the pit. Try not living with internet for a month. You use it to look up petty things that make your life easier. It is a great tool, and it sucks to not have it.
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#31
When my internet goes down, luckily my adapter is quite powerful so can easily pick up a few other houses routers around me and use their internet
#32
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Pretty sure you're crazy, and this is illegal.

Actually, "crazy" is when the foil is wrapped around the head.
And illegal? Pish posh. Well done TS.
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#33
I baked you an e-cookie just for this incredible achievment. well done, good sir!
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Sweet idea dude.






I just realized that they're the same guy!




To the conspiracy-mobile!


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#35
Quick question: What would the best way to smooth out the foil be? I am trying with just my hands, and I can't get it right.
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#37
TS, i would like to award you with 1 internets. That is brilliant.


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#38
New Update: More position changing. I'm stable around 20-25% strength now. Although, I did reach a new high.



Keep in mind, my highest without the satellite was only 8%.
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#39
I approve.
wen i ask they say that they fall into the habit smhw ........but nyways i think there is a connection smwhere. Now i being a teetollar will not give into this habit nyhw

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