You’re outside the reach of local broadband networks but you want to browse the web with ease. Build a whole-house 3G-to-WiFi router to pull down high-speed wireless internet instead.
The above photo shows the external installation of a DIY 3G-to-WiFi router. The box and the antenna at the peak of the roof hold everything necessary to pull down a 3G signal and shift it to the home network for high-speed internet access inside the house. The design is quite thorough and involves exhaust fans to cool the box in the summer and a small ceramic heating element to keep it warm enough in the winter. Total cost for the project was $160. Hit up the link below for the full build guide including schematics.
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 11/1/11