How to Build a Booster for WiFi Reception

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

The purpose of the antenna of a WiFi device is to receive as much of the WiFi signal as possible. You can build a booster that will amplify the WiFi signal being received by the antenna. All that is needed is some aluminum foil that has been folded in such a way as to focus the WiFi signal. Special tools are not necessary, nor will you have to connect anything to the antenna in order to boost the WiFi signal.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty cereal box
  • White glue
  • Aluminum foil
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors

Step 1

Cut off the front of a cereal box with the utility knife and dispose of it.

Step 2

Place the cereal box on a table with the cut-off front facing up. Fold the sides, top and bottom of the cereal box outwards.

Step 3

Apply white glue to the center of the cereal box. Apply lines of white glue to the sides, top and bottom of the cereal box.

Step 4

Tear off a strip of aluminum foil. Stick the aluminum foil onto the cereal box. Repeat this procedure with strips of aluminum foil until the cereal box is completely covered.

Step 5

Smooth the aluminum foil onto the cereal box with your fingers. Let the white glue set for two hours.

Step 6

Cut off the excess aluminum foil overlapping the cereal box, using the scissors. Dispose of the excess aluminum foil.

Step 7

Make a hole in one of the sides of the cereal box with the blade of the utility knife.

Step 8

Place the antenna through the hole in the side of the cereal box. Aim the cereal box that is now a WiFi booster in the direction of the WiFi transmitter.

Tips & Warnings

  • HEavy duty aluminum foil will work best for boosting the WiFi signal.
  • Placing the cereal box WiFi booster against an internal antenna of a Wi Fi device will boost the WiFi signal reception.