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Getting Wifi from hotspots far away?

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Default Getting Wifi from hotspots far away?

I've got a starbucks near me,not super far anyways. About a block away.

What sort of antenna would I need to be able to connect to their free wifi?

I've read and watched videos about the homemade satellite antennas and seem some parabolic antennas being sold on new-egg and other sites.

Any ideas?

If I could connect to their free wifi,it would save me some money since I dont use the net for much besides reading and watching a few videos.
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Are you trying to connect from your computer? Or are you using a phone/tablet?

If you're trying to connect with a computer, a lot of people get an external USB wifi adapter and make a "satellite dish" with foil and other crazy things to try and extend range.
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I've also seen some people who make their own signal receivers. I would say it might be possible (though couldn't say how reliable it would be). Keep in mind the signal strength also depends on the router that the starbucks is using. If they're using some cheap router where the signal will barely reach you, might not be worth the trouble.
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