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#1 Asrokhel

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 10:35

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I love a good hack, especially one that requires me to throw back a cold one before hand (or during). This simple wifi boost has actually been shown to increase signal strength by at least 2 to 4 bars. And, well, I will drink to that.

These instructions came to us via WikiHow and we think they are most definitely worth checking out. But here is the most important question: what kind of beer will you use?

For this project you are going to need scissors, a utility knife, some adhesive putty and an empty beer can. More than one empty beer can is acceptable but don’t kid yourself, the router only needs the one.

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The first step is to wash out your empty beer can, unless of course said beer is a can of <your beer of choice>. If it is American beer -- which tastes like pee -- promptly go drink a better beer. You really should be ashamed of yourself.

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Once the can has dried, you will want to remove it’s pull tab.

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Only perform this next step if you have not been drinking. Using the utility knife, saw off the bottom of the can. Chances are your can will not have a red dotted line. If you see one, put down the knife…you’ve had too much beer.

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You’ll notice in the above step that the can’s pull tab has returned. Clearly, there are only two possible reasons for this. One, you are really drunk and you never removed the tab in the first place. Or – the more likely answer – beer cans can regenerate themselves.

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It’s the home stretch! You just need to attach your modded beer can to the wifi router. Hopefully no other parts of the can have actually grown back. You now have beer-fi!

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So, what kind of beer did you use?











http://dsc.discovery...a-beer-can.html


#2 remixedcat

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 10:51

and also DDWRT

#3 Growled

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 22:50

Has anyone ever tried that? I looks like it might help.

#4 remixedcat

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 22:52

DDWRT will help !

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 22:52

I tried it since the wifi signal in my house sucks (and its a small house too). Didn't do anything as far as I could tell, but mine was a half-arsed attempt using the hole in the top to keep it in place.

#6 JorgeIvan

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 22:58

I tried it since the wifi signal in my house sucks (and its a small house too). Didn't do anything as far as I could tell, but mine was a half-arsed attempt using the hole in the top to keep it in place.

Maybe you used the wrong can, a coca cola can?

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 23:33

Maybe you used the wrong can, a coca cola can?


Like I said, I didn't put a lot of effort into it. Could have been anything :p

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 23:34

Wouldn't that REALLY hurt if you brushed past it? :s

#9 Growled

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 23:36

Maybe you used the wrong can, a coca cola can?


Forgive my ignorance, but is there that much a difference in cans?

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 23:37

Will a Monster energy can work? :)

Out of all seriousness, I have read about some of these hacks, (Pringles Can bring back any memories?), which supposedly boost the signal. All the can is doing is reflecting the signal more directly. But if you stop and think about it, wouldn't that reduce the signal in the opposite direction? For example, I am in a small (650 sq ft) apartment. My router is running DD-WRT and sits in a a cubby in my desk. The signal is dampened by lots of wood around it and behind it. Yet, everywhere in the apartment (granted small area), I get some strong signals. Even outside in the parking lot, I can connect.

#11 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 23:41

yeah this hack isn't so much as boosting rather than giving form/shaping/direction. It would probably extend the reach in a straight line.

#12 medhunter

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 12:05

certainly will try
But I am almost quite certain that I will need a hardware dedicated booster , because my router is in the 3rd floor, while I have PCs in 1st, 2nd floor with no signal in the 1st floor
What do you call this booster? Access point?

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 12:16

I would VERY much recommend putting something around the edges!

#14 remixedcat

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 18:33

and OMG put this on AMPED WIRELESS!!!! and OMG INTERNETZ EVERWHERE!!!!!!!

#15 Crisp

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 18:37

and OMG put this on AMPED WIRELESS!!!! and OMG INTERNETZ EVERWHERE!!!!!!!


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