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    Default Cantenna building instructions

    Does anyone know of any cantenna building instructions that are NZ compatible? All the ones I've found us imperial measurements & talk about something called allthread (Never heard of it before. Is it called something different in NZ?)

    My sister needs a little bit more range on her home wireless network (the signal to her computer from the router is very weak) & I thought a cantenna would be a cheap & interesting way to achieve that.)
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    Default Re: Cantenna building instructions

    Explain.

    What the F is Cantenna?

    What are you wishing to do?

    You do realise that all building in NZ must comply with the Building Act, the Resource Management Act (if applicable, which it will be at some level) and any local body rules/bylaws (you can probably ignore the latter).

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    Default Re: Cantenna building instructions

    A cantenna is a cheap wireless antenna made out of a pringles (or similar) can.

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    A friend of mine swears that a tin foil umbrella(not literally), located behind the router, facing the wireless networked pc's does wonders for signal strength.
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    Default Re: Cantenna building instructions

    http://www.concentrate.com.au/misc/c...e_optimise.xls

    Link above should help.

    I went to a aluminium place and got some pipe 100mm dia, enough for three cantennas for about $20.
    I got the same place to weld aluminium caps to one end for next to nothing.

    Copper wire I found at the scrap metal yard, asked for 20cm, they snipped off over a metre and gave it to me for free!

    Stable connection at over 1km, but have picked it up over 5km away!
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    Default Re: Cantenna building instructions

    Quote Originally Posted by Greven View Post
    A cantenna is a cheap wireless antenna made out of a pringles (or similar) can.
    Cripes, I walked right into that one with my eyes and ears shut tight, didn't I.


    Actually, I came across some such plans a while back. Can't for the life of me remember where though. Sorry.

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    Default Re: Cantenna building instructions

    Check you local library for EPE Magazine or Elektor (or similar named) magazine.

    One of them did a few articles on that a few years back on making them.
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    Default Re: Cantenna building instructions

    Greven

    Tell me please when you get something? I also need something like that

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    Default Re: Cantenna building instructions

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob99 View Post
    http://www.concentrate.com.au/misc/c...e_optimise.xls

    Link above should help.

    I went to a aluminium place and got some pipe 100mm dia, enough for three cantennas for about $20.
    I got the same place to weld aluminium caps to one end for next to nothing.

    Copper wire I found at the scrap metal yard, asked for 20cm, they snipped off over a metre and gave it to me for free!

    Stable connection at over 1km, but have picked it up over 5km away!
    Thats brilliant for the measurements, but I still don't know what allthread is, or what I could substitute for it.

    Pringles can is obviously no good. I might ask my friend to try and get me some scrap metal from his work. any recommendation's on what I should ask for?


    I found another site with a much more simple design than the other ones I looked at - only 4 parts . A can, an aerial connector, a piece of copper wire & a cable to connect it to your wireless card. http://www.turnpoint.net/wireless/cantennahowto.html

    Do DSE sell the connectors and cables I need?

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    Default Re: Cantenna building instructions

    Quote Originally Posted by Greven View Post

    I found another site with a much more simple design than the other ones I looked at - only 4 parts . A can, an aerial connector, a piece of copper wire & a cable to connect it to your wireless card. http://www.turnpoint.net/wireless/cantennahowto.html

    Do DSE sell the connectors and cables I need?
    Well done, you found the site I mentioned above.

    Tricky Dickie's or Jaycar should have everything you need.

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