How to Increase Range on My Xbox 360 Wireless Adapter

Written by michael jones
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If your antenna and router are placed far away from each other, you may get a weak signal on your Xbox Live. The best way to get a stronger signal is by moving the Xbox and the router closer to each other. If that is absolutely impossible, you're going to have to increase the range of your wireless adaptor. Using aluminium foil and a basic satellite dish design, you can make the wireless waves from your router focus on your antenna at a greater concentration. You can make the miniature satellite dish from most household items.

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Things you need

  • 2-liter soda bottle, empty
  • Strips of tinfoil about 5 inches long and 2 inches wide
  • Empty snack-size crisp bag with tinfoil inside
  • Plastic spork
  • Xbox 360 wireless adaptor
  • Clear tape
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Cut off the top of the soda bottle. Make your cut a couple of inches down from the opening of the bottle so that the cut piece is shaped like a miniature satellite dish.

  2. 2

    Disconnect your wireless adaptor from your Xbox.

  3. 3

    Turn the crisp bag inside out. The tinfoil should be facing the outside. A large bag won't work. You need to use a snack-size bag.

  4. 4

    Wrap the bag around the antenna of your wireless adaptor. Secure it with a piece of clear tape. Duct tape will not work.

  5. 5

    Slide the antenna through the top of the soda bottle. You antenna (wrapped in the foil bag) should be inserted where you would pour out the soda.

  6. 6

    Tape the spork to the antenna. This is used to extend the length of the antenna. The spork part should be facing out. The handle should be attached to the antenna.

  7. 7

    Wrap a strip of aluminium foil lengthwise around the spork. Make sure to cover the entire spork with foil.

  8. 8

    Take the strips of aluminium foil and wrap them around the inside and outside of the soda bottle. Instead of having a clear satellite dish, you want to make sure it is all covered with foil. This is best done by placing a strip of foil on the bottle and folding half of it inside the dish and half of it on the outside of the dish. When you're done, you should have a miniature satellite dish attached to your wireless adaptor's antenna. The entire dish should be covered with foil.

Tips and warnings

  • You may need to use some tape to keep it all together, but don't use more than you need. The antenna may slide out of the soda bottle. Make sure you tape them together for a sturdy dish.

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