How to improve your WiFi reception with an empty drinks can
Whether at home or in the office, there are many different factors that can cause poor WiFi reception. Thick walls with reinforced concrete, interference from other signals, and simply having the router located too far from the computer are common problems. The good news is, there's a very easy and affordable solution! The only thing you need is an empty beverage can.
As already mentioned, the can has to be empty! You probably don't need any instructions for this step, right?
Now you can pull off the tab. Simply pull it up and down until it breaks off.
The next step is to cut off the bottom of the can. You can use a box cutter to poke a hole...
...and then use scissors to cut it off.
Now you can do the same to the top of the can, but with one major difference:
Do not cut the top completely off. Instead, leave about one to two inches attached.
Now cut the can from top to bottom along the side opposite the remaining attachment.
The next step is to fold out the sides. The cut edges of the can are very sharp, so be careful when doing this. You might even want to consider wearing some gloves.
Your can should now look something like this. You can also reshape it a bit as needed.
Now all you need to do is put some blu-tack on the spot where you removed the tab.
This will hold your new antennae amplifier to the router. Press it on and you're done!
You can repeat the process for every antenna on your router to achieve maximum effect — turbo (signal) boost!
This trick works best on routers that have external antennae. And if you don't have a beer can (or soft drink can), you can achieve the same effect with aluminum foil, but then it's only half the fun. So cheers to good reception!