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Big, ugly antenna increases Wii's wireless range

Kyle Orland

Problem: Your gaming room is on the opposite end of the house from your wireless router, making wireless connections for your Wii intermittent at best.

Possible solutions:

  1. Use the ethernet connection dongle and run miles of ethernet cable throughout the house.
  2. Redo your entire house to move the system and router closer together.
  3. Crack open your Wii and add a big-ass wireless antenna.
The folks at decided on option 3, and lay out step-by-step instructions for you to do the same. The procedure is not for the faint of heart, requiring you to physically remove the Wii's wireless card and drilling a hole in the case to fit the new antenna.

Surprisingly, their test results didn't show a huge increase in wireless strength with the grafted antenna, but the authors theorize that a stronger antenna cable will produce better results. Sounds a little risky considering all the work required, but it definitely beats redesigning the house.

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