How to Extend PS3 Wireless Range

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How to Extend PS3 Wireless Range
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The PlayStation 3 uses a built-in antenna to send and receive wireless signals from the owner’s home network. The wireless range of the PS3 can be extended by creating a parabolic reflector that will aid the built-in antenna in capturing more of the Wi-Fi signal. You can build a simple parabolic reflector out of some aluminium foil that will function as well as a parabolic reflector bought commercially. It will take only a few minutes to make the parabolic reflector and set it up and extend the wireless range of the PS3.

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Things you need

  • Heavy duty aluminium foil
  • Scissors
  • Home computer network

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  1. 1

    Use the scissors to cut off a 1-foot-long rectangular sheet from the aluminium foil dispenser.

  2. 2

    Fold the aluminium foil over lengthwise. Fold each of the four sides inward about 2 inches.

  3. 3

    Curve the aluminium foil sheet inward to form a half circle.

  4. 4

    Place the aluminium foil sheet behind the PS3 near the left side.

  5. 5

    Turn on the PS3. Navigate from the Home menu to the Network icon. Select the "PlayStation Store." Wait for the PlayStation Store to come up on the screen.

  6. 6

    Select a free download from the PlayStation Store. Follow the prompts to start the download.

  7. 7

    Watch the download bar progress on the screen as you move the aluminium foil back and forth behind the PS3. Stop moving the aluminium foil when the speed of the download progress bar increases.

Tips and warnings

  • Positioning the PS3 so that it faces the direction of the Wi-Fi transmitter will help to improve the signal strength.
  • If you are a juvenile, make sure an adult is supervising when you make the parabolic reflector out of the aluminium foil.

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