Boost your WiFi with a baking tray
Got 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.