Pop Sci’s How 2.0 has a handy diagram and parts list for building your own cantenna from Mike Outmesguine – the thing that makes this one awesome – it’s a cellphone cantenna, not a wi-fi cantenna. Mike crunched the numbers and came up with the right size/length, etc to amp a 1900Mhz cell signal.
Time: 1 hour
Retail Cost: $43.94 (includes free coffee and cookies)
MJB coffee: $3.50
Pepperidge Farms Pirouette: $6
Copper wire: $1, Radio Shack
N-Female panel connector: $10, electro-comm.com (RF Industries part no. RFN-1022)
Connection adapter (if needed): $8.50, electro-comm.com (RF Industries N-Male to FME/TNC/etc. depending on pigtail type)
Cellphone pigtail: $15, alternativewireless.com (depends on exact model of phone)
Total: $ 43.94
Cantenna diagram and parts list – Link.
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From the page of MAKE:
- El Cheapo Cantenna – “Mountain Grown” coffee can makes homegrown wi-fi range extender. MAKE 07 – Page 133. Subscribers–read this article now in your digital edition!