How to pick up a very weak wi-fi signal

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How to pick up a very weak wi-fi signal
Aluminium foil reflects Wi-Fi signals. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

When you think of computer problems, thoughts of highly technical and expensive issues often come to mind. Next time your Wi-Fi signal becomes weak, fret not -- you can increase Internet reception with a piece of aluminium foil. The key to success with this project centres around creating a parabola, a curve shape capable of reflecting your Wi-Fi signals and increasing reach. Create and set up this simple tin foil device and start surfing the Internet again in short order.

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  1. 1

    Tear out a square of aluminium foil from an aluminium foil container.

  2. 2

    Fold the foil in half. The foil is in a rectangular shape at this point.

  3. 3

    Fold all the edges of the tin foil rectangle. The folds need to be small because you want to keep as much size as possible to increase the tin foil's ability to reflect the Wi-Fi signal. These folds help the foil stand up.

  4. 4

    Create a slight curve in the tin foil. This creates a parabola, the perfect shape to reflect Wi-Fi signals and improve overall signal strength in your home.

  5. 5

    Set the tin foil directly behind the router with the concave side pointed directly at the router. This foil device concentrates all Wi-Fi signals into a smaller area, turning your once multidirectional router into a directional router with amplified waves. Adjust the foil's position to ensure the signals points in the general direction of your electronic devices.

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