Special: How to make a homemade wifi antenna

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Second special that we prepare in How to doThe first one was the metal detector, and now the oldest followers of this blog will remember the one about the metal detector. tutorial of how to increase the signal of our wifi antenna or how to get passwords from wifi networksNow it's the turn of one that could not be missing from the collection of curious inventions of this blog, I bring you here a compilation of homemade wifi antennas that I have seen on the Internet, all explained step by step and without complications.

The most interesting of them all (in my opinion) I'll show you the complete one, the rest I'll leave you to visit them in their respective places of origin. Well, let's start, I introduce you to the mother of all wifi antennas, surely many of you have heard of the wifi antenna with a Pringles canThe report is, in great detail.

Click after the jump to continue with the manual.

1.- Materials:

Overview of the invention

- 1 threaded rod 140 mm long and 3 mm thick. (Buy it in hardware store)

- 2 fixing nuts of 3 mm. (Buy it in hardware store)

- 5 washers of 30 mm overall diameter and 3 mm centre diameter. (To be purchased at a hardware store)

- 4 hollow metal tubes, 30 mm long and at least 3 mm inside diameter. (Buy it in hardware store)

- 1 SMA Female - SMA Female connector. (We have it in our shop)

- 1 SMA male connector. (We have it in our shop)

- 1 Reverse SMA male connector (RP-SMA). (We have it in our shop)

- 1 needle. (Buy it in hardware store)

- 1 metre of RG58 coaxial cable. (We have it in our shop)

- Can of Pringles potato chips (the long kind). (Buy it in a supermarket)

- 2 caps of Pringles potato crisps. (Buy it in supermarket)

2.- Tools:


- Rule. (Buy it on Amazon)

- Scissors. (Buy it on Amazon)

- Pipe cutter. (Buy it on Amazon)

- Metal saw. (Buy it on Amazon)

- Punch. (Buy it on Amazon)

- Cutter. (Buy it on Amazon)

- Tip soldering iron. (Buy it on Amazon)

- Hot Silicone Gun. (Buy it on Amazon)

- BNC Crimper. (Buy it on Amazon)

3.- Assembly procedures:

3.1.- Firstly, cut the tube into 4 pieces of 30 mm. long each one (if you already bought them cut, skip this point). After the threaded rod in 140 mm long, we would have the perfect sum (with a few mm of margin of error), taking into account that the washers, nuts and plastic caps are respectively 1.6 mm, 2 mm and 0.5 mm long. In the second picture we can see very well explained the position of the parts on the threaded rod.

4 tubes of 30 mm each.

Position scheme.

Note: Of course, to be able to mount the plastic covers, we must drill a few holes of the same diameter as the threaded rod (3 mm), and insert them in the position indicated in the diagram above, also note that the second plastic cap (the one in the centre of the diagram) should be cut the edges The purpose of this is to have the same diameter as the inside of the Pringles can, this is only so that the antenna does not move inside and to keep it well centred. Remember also that when you have finished the assembly of the diagram, you must tighten the turks well of the extremes, to avoid unnecessary misalignment.

After all this, the result would be something like this:

Result of the antenna inside

3.2.- Now we'll start modifying the can itself, clean it without water (as you might undo it), and make a hole at 80 mm from the bottom of the can to place the receiver there. The hole must be a perfect match with the SMA Female - SMA Female connectorso be very careful with this. Anyway, if you find that it doesn't fit very well, you can always fix it with a bit of silicone or a couple of threads for the connector.

Inside of the can

When we have checked that everything fits, we take out the connector to prepare it. We take the needle that we had prepared and we cut off both ends (we can also use a copper wire of the same length), place it in the connector, ensuring that it makes contact with the central wire and no with the edges of it, and then we set it by filling the inside of the connector with silicone. Remember at the end that we must check continuity between one end of the cable and the other and that there is no short circuit between the two poles of the cable, this can be done easily and quickly with the multimeter.

Result of the spike

Note: Once finished and placed inside the can, we must check that the spike does not exceed half of the can's diameterThis will result in a loss of signal (this can be easily adjusted with the nuts that hold the connector or by cutting the pin a little). After this, we can place the collector inside the canchecking not to touch the earbut close by.

3.3.- (This part can be omitted, if we buy the cable already made) Now we will make a mess with the PigTail (basically it is the cable that goes from the antenna to the wifi card), we will use the RG58 coaxial cable, which has a loss of 81 dB per 100m.

To begin with, we peel off the two ends of the cableIf necessary, the two poles can be placed together, taking great care not to touch each other, as shown in the image. welding the central wire of the cable for better conductivity.


We will then be able to insert the cable into the connectorby placing well the pin in the very heart of it. We cut the mesh The connector is then crimped with a small amount of excess so that it does not make contact with anything after the connector has been crimped, and finally, crimp the connector to fix it firmly in place. Repeat this process with the another end of the cable and we will get this result:

Cable result

Now all that remains for us to do is to plug it all in and test the results. If you don't have the connector that goes on the Wifi card, you can always buy a new one. adapterThere are all kinds of them. If you have a laptop and you don't know how to connect this antenna, I recommend you to go through this tutorial that explains it very well.

And as you know, if you have any doubts, come to the forum and I will answer you as soon as possible. I also leave you the pdf manual made by How to do.

If you have found it too complicated you can buy the high gain Wifi antenna that we have in our shop and see if you can find a professional antenna that you like.

4.- Collection of Wifi antennas:

As I promised, now I am going to show you a compilation of antennas that I found on the web, which are not as interesting as the one explained above, but they deserve a mention:

Tarterantenna (12 dBi power).


Helical wifi antenna.

Helical antenna.

Helical wifi antenna 2 (English).

Helical antenna 2

Yagi Loop wifi antenna (15 dBi power).

Yagi Loop

Biquad wifi antenna + satellite dish (English).

Biquad Antenna

Biquad wifi antenna with CD.

Biquad antenna with CD.

Omnidirectional wifi antenna.

Omnidirectional antenna.

Omnidirectional wifi antenna 2.

Omnidirectional antenna 2.

Wifi antenna with Bic pen.

Antenna with Bic pen.

Slotted wifi antenna.

Slotted antenna.

Chapex wifi antenna (40dBi power).

Chapex antenna.

Too difficult, you can always buy our high gain Wifi antenna.

Now it's your turn, if you have, or have seen, a wifi antenna manual that I haven't put, just comment it in the comments, and if you want to show me how your antenna turned out, also, greetings and I leave you with one of my sketches, hehe.

Own sketch

250 thoughts on “Especial: Cómo hacer una antena wifi casera”

  1. theshadowmus

    Hola mira y a la antena no se le puede colocar un conector USB es que me da mala espida abrir mi portatir ya sabes miedo a tocar algo no deseado

  2. hermano quiero hacer una antena pero estoy en Cuba inmaginate como son las cosas en realidads quiero lleval algo parecido a una red wifi para compartir con mis colegas de batalla algo de conexx pero sabes como son las cosas aca son algo complicadas la decinformacion todo hay redes ya echas peo en realidad no me an arrojado lus al asunto dume cres que me puedes audar lo que me hace falta es que me digas que necesito un router y una antena un amplificador de ceñal algo gracias de antemano y sludos de parte de algien que pasa trabajo para conectarce a la web espero que eso cambien en el futoro

  3. Hello,
    el caso es que queria aumentar el alcance de un mando rc, y lo que he hecho es encajar la antena de cobre (que es un hilo de cobre sin mas) dentro de una antena wifi de 5-6 dbi. Lo suyo es que le hubiera soldado un adaptador al cable de cobre para enroscar la antena, pero por vagancia solo introduci el cable dentro de la antena a presion.
    Estando en contacto con el centro de la antena servira igualmente?
    Gracias un saludo

  4. Viejo contrate un plan claro chile pero tengo mala señal no me
    Cargan las pagina no puedo ver vídeos nada de nada como puedo inventar algo para mejorar la señal por fa responder plis

    1. jose Rodolfo

      hola Alberto vivo G.E y aqui tenemos problemas de red wifi y quisiera que me heches una mano porfa podíais enviarme el video del montaje me e perdido. también quiero preguntar si no importa donde uno esté si funcionara.

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