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9:24 pm on May 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm a college student, so most of my webmaster jobs are non-prof and, at school, done over a free stable wifi network. Now I return home to dialup, and I leak little bits of wireless--between 5.5 and 24 Mbps--from a neighbor. Is there any way to enhance wireless reception without investing in new hardware? I know I'm looking for an easy solution, but my pockets are empty and I'm tired of rotating my laptop every 5 minutes.


8:24 am on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You might want to check Google for the old pringles can antenna [google.com] then. ;)


3:04 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Not funny!

OK, kinda funny, but it doesn't really help me.


3:16 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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hahaha, well i have to do the same when i am at my grandmas house, because her neighbors are college students running a non-secure wirless.....so your best solution is to get as colse to their router as you can, if you check the signal strenth while moving around you will be able to find the best place to sit and use free internet compliments of your neighbor.....haha, well i hope that helps


7:48 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Try sitting outside near the neighbor's house, or at least with one wall between you. That should help. On my laptop there's a spot where you can remove a cover and see the wireless card. There is a wire in there that plugs into it and runs around the perimeter of my LCD monitor as the antenna. I took the laptop to Radio Shack, picked up the connector for less than $2.00, and made a much larger antenna. Works great. Also, you can find some free programs on the web to find wireless networks, analyze their strength and tell what kind of security they deploy.


4:05 pm on May 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks SEOMike, I might try that. I've been hesitant to invest in new hardware (ie: external wifi antennae) because I'm using a nonstandard wifi card. Even though I bought what I thought was a top-of-the-line laptop with "Intel Centrino Mobile Technology", I find it gets worse reception than my friends' with Dells! It's a 2200BG wireless card, but the standard is apparently 802.11, so most wifi boosters apparently aren't compatible with it. This whole thing is pretty frustrating.

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