Tactical Wifi Cantenna Needs Picatinny Rails

[Wes] built a cool looking Tactical Wifi Cantenna with some parts from a broken airsoft pistol. The antenna is a cookie can type with an added cone to increase performance, as seen in this tutorial. Once the antenna was built it was time to add some kind of handle, [Wes] just so happened to have such a thing on hand. After epoxy puddying the pistol’s grip to his cookie cantenna he observed that the magazine lock was still functioning. Quick thinking and the application of a  hammer in nut allows the whole rig to quickly attach to the tripod. The antenna also sports a plastic lid and textured paint finish for that ultimate tactical look and feel. A USB Alpha AWUSO36H Wifi dongle even mounts on the back of the rig. We wouldn’t go around outside pointing this at stuff attaching and detaching the tripod but the finish looks great, nicely done!

Check out some other various types of cantennas, even a rifle version if you crave more wifi goodness.

Comments

  1. metro says:

    “epoxy puddying” yuk. Presume you mean “puttying”

  2. Ian Tester says:

    “an added cone to increase dB performance”

    Ugh, please learn the difference between a measurement and its units. In this case, it’s called “gain”. The added cone increased the gain of the antenna.

  3. kabukicho2001 says:

    1000mw=1watt in wifi band is forbidden in US and other countries.

  4. saimhe says:

    Why the BNC socket occupies the place where the wrist usually goes? To discourage going around outside and pointing at stuff? :)

  5. NatureTM says:

    Nice, mine still has the “Dole Pineapple” label attached.

  6. hpux735 says:

    @kabukicho It can be legal if you’re a HAM, have the SSID set to your call sign and have encryption off.

  7. Doktor Jeep says:

    This I like.

  8. BigGuy says:

    US limits on point-to-multi-point 2.4GHz systems are rated at 36dBm EIRP, or just about 4W as measured in front of the antenna. For point-to-point systems, the power rating varies. This rig would only be illegal if there is anything better than 18dBm coming into the antenna feed port.

  9. msefk says:

    i’d remove that trigger guard if i were you… just to prevent an unthinking cop from shooting you in the leg.

  10. nukky says:

    Nice! Clever use of the ammo clip for mounting.

    “puddying”: the mixing of two felines to create a substance with strong adhesive properties. Both parts of the mix are, of course, catalysts.

  11. D_ says:

    @hpux735; in addition to have the SSID set to your call sign and have encryption off. select a channel in the amateur radio allocation

  12. hpux735 says:

    @D_ Well, there is that…

  13. some putz says:

    I just want to point this at someone and say “Give me your pre-shared key and no one gets hurt”

  14. ThereIsNoSecurity says:

    I can just see my neighbors reactions from this hanging off my house :) I already got funny looks from my Monster Cantenna.

    http://thereisnosecurity.com/2011/02/the-monster-wifi-cantenna/

  15. Trey says:

    You can actually use up to 4 watts on 2.4GHz, and with a HAM radio license, you can use up to I think…it’s 250W.

  16. Trey says:

    And I just saw someone else had the HAM radio discussion (oops) …I need my coffee.

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