How to Make Your Own Cantenna?

Published: 27th January 2011
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A cantenna is nothing but an antenna used in order to strengthen Wi-Fi signals. It also enhances the Wi-Fi network range. In the beginning it was used only by the common people who where radio fanatics but now it is sold as a product. It reuses cans that come with juices and other food items. The making cost is very minimal and so it is made by many people who can possibly use their neighbor’s network that is out of reach.

Things you will need to make a cantenna are a can, thick wire, 4 small nuts and bolts; N female chassis mount connector, and an N male connector. You can purchase all these components online and check thoroughly if the N connector has four holes on its corners before placing order. These holes are used to connect it to the can and other parts of the cantenna. Take a wide can so that you can increase the networks range effectively. It is directional and can be used both for sending and receiving signals.

If your Wi-Fi has any inbuilt antenna connected to it first cut it off and remove the same. Take out the screw on where you will connect the external antenna. Clean the can neatly and remove all labels. Drill a hole on the can with 1.75 inches as the diameter. For the cantenna to be effective the hole and the point of contact with the N-connector plays a crucial role.

Hack a little piece of copper wire and fuse it to the N Connector. The wire is then placed into the hole drilled on the can and it is raised using the small screws. The N male end of the pig tail is also connected to the N connector. Finally fasten it to the Wi-Fi. The cantenna is ultimately placed in a direction where wireless signal is available and many usually place a laptop near the door or window, so that the cantenna has an obvious site to the preferred network.

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