Friday, January 19, 2007

Speed up your wireless network.

These two graphs show the before and after signal strengths from my desk to the wireless router upstairs.

I managed to increase the signal strength from six to nine and stop dropouts by simply putting the antenna attached to the PC on top of a blank CD. The metal disk in the CD acts as a ground plane for the vertical antenna as it is about a quarter wavelength in radius. The results were very surprising but the effort was worthwhile.