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Hide a Stealth Wi-Fi Repeater In an Old Radio

If you’re looking to camouflage a wireless repeater in a radio (or any other suitably sized enclosure), this tutorial will show you how to rip apart a Linksys router and stash it in a hidden location.

Why might you want to do this, you ask? The author of the tutorial explains the impetus for his build:

Recently, my work was forced to install a wireless access point. It’s intended to be used with a wireless bar code scanner in the parts department. Due to a wonderful policy (a town ordinance), this access point had to be open and free for anyone to connect. Department level management felt, if those working in the shop had WiFi access, even less work would get done (they’re correct). As a result, the WiFi AP got installed away from the shop, in the furthest depths of the parts department. Despite that, WiFi still reaches a good part of the shop. But what about the rest? It sounds like a hidden wireless repeater is needed.

There’s so much about this story that’s fascinating. Mandatory open Wi-Fi? Silly management thinking they could hide a Wi-Fi transmitter by putting it in the corner? A stealthy Wi-Fi repeater stashed in a vintage radio? We have so many questions!

If you’d like to tear down your own router and hide it in a camouflaged container, hit up the link below for a full run down.

Hidden Wireless Repeater [via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/25/12

Comments (3)

  1. Brian

    Or he could have just turned off the SSID broadcast.

  2. lilsting10

    What exactly is a WiFi ”repeater”? Is it something that amplifies the wireless signal strength/range?

    My younger brothers live in an older house with the family, and I don’t know what it is about the house (perhaps the massive stone garage), but they have trouble getting signals on their laptops/PCs on the 1st floor.

  3. Jim

    The wifi repeater does just what its name implies – repeats the wifi signal so that it can reach areas the router can’t. Old houses are notoriously bad for wifi reception. Check out powerline options that use the home’s electrical wiring to transmit signals to a module plugged into an outlet in another room on another floor. The equipment isn’t cheap but the setup will solve the problem.

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