Boost your WiFi with a baking tray

7 November 2011

wifiGot a weak WiFi signal and bugger-all mobile reception? Instead of swearing at the heavens, why don't you buy a baking tray? No, we're not advising that you bake some biscuits to distract you from a slow internet connection, but rather, you can use the humble kitchen implement as an amplifier.

So says Peter Cochrane who is the former Chief Technology Officer at BT. Writing on his blog - Silicon.com - Cochrane said that “My mobile phone is showing one bar of 2.5G and one bar of wi-fi. My laptop isn't doing any better, and a data connection is proving impossible. There are some buildings behind the trees on the other side of the river, and my scanner is showing a number of open access wi-fi opportunities. But all I have is what I carry, and that does not include a high-gain antenna.”

“Time to improvise,” he wrote. “A visit to the galley turns up a much-used baking tray. A few simple experiments later and I'm able to locate the direction of the 2.5G base station and the strongest wifi signal. So I now have three bars of wifi and 2.5G by way of the unlikely combination of a baking tray and some judicious positioning.”

He concluded: “No matter how well prepared you are, there are times when you don't quite have to hand all the technology you really need. All the other options would have been far more expensive and far less convenient.”

So there you have it. No fresh biscuits for you.

TOPICS:   Technology

5 comments

  • Dick
    Baking trays are too big and heavy. Why not carry around a sheet of tin foil which can be folded and moulded when needed. Even better, mould it to the shape of your head and when not using it, you will look like Nicol Williamson as Merlin in John Boorman's Excalibur. http://www.virginmedia.com/images/wizards-merlin-590x350.jpg
  • oilverreed
    Ponce, “A visit to the galley turns up a much-used baking tray." - you mean the kitchen.
  • Seaman S.
    Arr. He be on a boaty-woaty oliverreed. That be even poncier.
  • Arpit A.
    I TRIED THE BAKING TRAY...IT WAS AWESOME TO SEE THAT ITS DELIVERING THE SIGNALS BETTER THAN I EVER GOT BEFORE...THANK U SIR Peter Cochrane.
  • Mr F.
    This http://johnbarbrook.info/2010/02/14/woktenna/ did me proud for quite a while. Wan't quite a baking tray though, although was purchased from the cooking section at poundland.

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