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Internet antenna mod test results.
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Nite Shadow : However, this is well within our abilities, considering that it's easier to aim at the communications tower, than it is to aim at the Satcom 4 sattelite in outer space with a C-band.
Nite Shadow : The main side-effect is that it will catch the wind, thus needing to be re-pointed on occasion.
Nite Shadow : Albeit I didn't cover the entire thing, the foil did make a difference.
Nite Shadow : I've tested this be applying aluminum foil to the reflector plate.
Nite Shadow : In theory, this will give it a better reflecting surface (much like a megaphone) thus improving our speed and connection rate.
Nite Shadow : I'm going to make this a more solid surface, by covering it with metal tape.
Nite Shadow : Noticing that the reflector plate on my antenna is set up like a barbecue grill, (almost litterally)
Nite Shadow : Okay, got an idea for boosting my internet signal slightly.


Here is roughly what my antenna looks like:

Not exactly the same, but this seems to be a close match.
The barbecue grill looking thing is the reflector plate that I have made note of, it's purpose is to catch, amplify, and reflect the signal back at the antenna (Much like a megaphone)
It's design is so that it isn't at the mercy of the wind, thus requiring far less re-pointing.
It obviously DOES work, however, I just couldn't help but feel that something could be done to improve the signal.
This would mean that I would be defeating the wind-proofing system, in return for a more solid reflector surface, thus getting a better signal.

Here are the results of the tests with aluminum foil.
Before foil:
Average download transfer rate of 20KB/s or less.

After foil:

Avg. 75KB/s

THIS isn't even covering the entire reflector plate (grill) (About 60% of it)
Imagine what covering the entire thing will do.

I certainly don't expect absolute perfection, but this is sure as hell a step in the direction I want.

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Edited by: Nite , Mar 28th, 2015 @ 4:55 pm

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Ah. When I first read this I didn't realize you had gone up from 20KB/s to 75KB/s. Good work!
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That's really cool. It's not often that you can quadruple your download speeds like that!
Course clear! You got a card.
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Note: Taken while operating sling. A live TV streaming system.

Avg.: Too chaotic to get average, somewhere between 120 KB/s and 180 KB/s

100% coverage of the reflector grill with aluminum tape.
Material of the reflector also identified as carbonized conductive plastic.

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Edited by: Nite , Mar 31st, 2015 @ 2:33 pm

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Awesome
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