How to boost a PS3 wireless signal

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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The PlayStation 3 gaming console has a Wi-Fi transmitter built in for connecting to a wireless home network. The placement of the Wi-Fi transmitter inside the PS3, however, inhibits the effectiveness of the wireless signal but can be boosted. Boosting the PS3's wireless signal can be done with some common household items and does not require opening or altering the Wi-Fi transmitter. The boosted wireless signal will let your PS3 connect more efficiently to the home network.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Wireless home network router
  • Empty soda can
  • Metal snips

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    Position the PS3 so that there is a direct line between the PS3 and the wireless home network router that receives the PS3's wireless signal. Avoid as many obstacles coming between the PS3 and the wireless home network router as possible in the positioning.

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  2. 2

    Position the PS3 upright on its left side so that it is standing vertically.

  3. 3

    Wash out a soda can with tap water and let it dry. Use the metal snips to cut off the top of the soda can. Cut down the can vertically with the metal snips. Separate the cuts so that the can looks like an unfolded flower. Cut out a hole in the bottom of the can using the metal snips.

  4. 4

    Place the soda can over the wireless router's antenna. Aim the can at the PS3.

  5. 5

    Turn on the PS3 and enjoy using the more efficient wireless signal.

Tips and warnings

  • Use longer audio and video cables with the PS3 so that you can move it around more easily to boost the wireless signal.
  • The PS3's warranty is not voided by boosting the wireless signal.

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