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July 1, 2009

Ikea Hack: Wi-Fi Antenna

Filed under: Lodging — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Ikea Wi-Fi Antenna from Mutated JellyfishWhen you are staying at a hotel with a weak wi-fi signal, a homemade wi-fi booster antenna like this one can be a godsend.

Here is are the directions to make yourself one, including links to the materials:



  • Connect the USB wi-fi adapter to the USB extension cable.
  • Tape the wi-fi adapter to the end of the popsicle stick.
  • Mount the popsicle stick onto the strainer with the USB wi-fi adapter as close to the center of the strainer as possible. Tape it in place wrapping the electrical tape around the stick, the handle of the strainer and the USB extension cord.
  • Plug in the USB extension cord into your laptop and turn the wi-fi antenna until you are able to get the best wi-fi signal.

If you pack this wi-fi booster antenna in your car on your next trip, your likeliness of getting wi-fi at your hotel increases exponentially. Give it a try!

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