Having WiFi Trouble? We've Got A Quick (And Cheap) One-Step Trick To Boost Your Signal In Minutes

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Researchers at both Columbia and Dartmouth University came together to determine if there was a simple fix to the certain connectivity issues that drive all WiFi users, well, insane. Turns out, it didn't take long for them to find a solution (gotta love those academic types, right?). However, they're "quick fix" was a bit more advanced for the average consumer. It involved a 3D-printed reflector with a particular wavy design, all wrapped up in aluminum foil. According to the team, when the reflector is placed around the antennas of your router, it funnels the signal towards where it is needed most.

Below you'll find a video of their solution. Don't worry, they managed to translate their trick into something more accessible and of course, we've got the steps for you guys!

It goes without saying, but most people don't exactly have a 3D-printer laying around their house. Xia Zhou, an assistant professor of computer science at Dartmouth suggests that it's possible to use cardboard to get the wavy structure:

"With a simple investment of about $35 and specifying coverage requirements, a wireless reflector can be custom-built to outperform antennae that cost thousands of dollars."

Kind of a no brainer, right guys? Why spend thousands of dollars to fix a problem that can conceivably be remedied with a simple DIY at home project? Naturally, the researchers did mention the cardboard version might not have the same exact effect, but close enough that it should make your WiFi issues feel less dire. This should surely be helpful during all those Netflix binge sessions and browsing of sexy women on FHM.

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