Easy WiFi Reception Fixes

Many people wonder what they can do to improve their Wi-Fi performance and coverage. It usually comes down to:

  • What Wireless Channel it is (and those around you) using?
  • What device you are actually using, and is it too old?
  • Does it have external antennas (so you can add a bigger one!)?

Wireless Channels

The most important (and common issue) is conflicting wireless channels. What? Your wireless communicates on either 2.4Ghz (Typically 1-11) and/or 5Ghz channels (Between 50-144). If you, and everyone around you (Especially Apartments & Condos) have the same channel in use – you may be fighting each other’s signals! First, check what wireless CHANNELS your neighbors are using (Your Computer’s WiFi Scan should help, Android can use Wifi Analyzer and iPhones are a pain…but if it’s jailbroken try WiFi Explorer or WiFiFoFum from Cydia). If everyone is on the same channel (common default is Channel 6), you should try changing yours to one that’s different than theirs. Even if you’re not able to figure out how to do the scan…you can still change the channel you are on. Try 11, or 1, to see which one gives you better performance/coverage. Sometimes the channel conflicts is why you suffer from wireless problems. (NOTE: You will probably have to rescan/reconnect your wireless device each time you change the channel!)

Your Wireless Modem/Gateway or Router

The second most important is to have a decent Wi-Fi device. This may be what the internet provider gave you (a Wireless Gateway Modem), or you might have your own Wireless Router (Asus, Netgear, Linksys, D-Link, etc). If it’s over 5 years old, you probably want to upgrade it! But…you don’t necessarily have to if you happy with it’s overall performance except for the farthest reaches of your home/office.

You can get a cheap replacement that will do MUCH better with wireless coverage and speed (Asus RT-N66U for example or the Asus RT-AC66U for AC wireless!). If your home/office is over 2000 Square Feet, you probably want a bigger model like the Asus RT-AC87U (what I use right now for 2000 Sqft+ coverage). If you want to get the best model (looks like a spaceship lol) it’s currently the Asus GT-AC5300. All of these are great routers and have strong wifi AND external antenna ports.

If you are using a Wireless Gateway from your internet provider, these generally do OK with small to medium size coverage. You can call them to get an upgrade (possibly free) to your current wireless gateway. I DO recommend using your own router, but a free option is available to try (though the ISP devices sometimes don’t have external antennas..).

External Antennas

If you have a router with external antennas, then you may be able to do the “Cheapest Fix” possible…and that is buying a big antenna! Generally you need to make sure the screw size of the antenna will match the ports on your router. There ARE wireless routers that DO NOT have external antenna ports…and you obviously CAN NOT do this with those. However, if you do have the ports (you only need to really use one, but you can hook up more if you want), you can easily get different sizes of antennas to meet your needs.

There are two types: Omni-directional, and Directional. Omni goes in all directions, while Directional ones point in one direction only (yep – it’s that simple!). The strength of the antenna is determined by how many dBi it has.

Here is a great 9dBi omni-directional antenna with a wireless cable and magnetic base that I use with my Asus RT-AC87U:

Here is a great little indoor 9dBi gain directional antenna:

 

There are many options out there, with various dBi “gains” (the higher the more powerful). These two are pretty strong for most people’s needs. My current setup does great for high performance bandwidth (I get 100Mbps Down/Up with FiOS), and 50 devices on the network which quite a bit of streaming. All of my mobile devices have strong clear coverage in and around the home.

Wireless Repeater and Other Considerations

If you are considering a wireless repeater…I would only suggest those to get around any interference you have in your area (like microwave, cordless analog phones, lead/concrete walls, etc). However, antennas and wireless repeaters may not even do in these situations. Sometimes the only solution will be to install another wireless router (or access point) in the bad coverage area. And yes…that does require you run a network cable to it, unfortunately.

I hope this helps you get the best wireless performance possible 🙂

Spammers Suck

Thanks to spammers and other annoying script kiddies…I’ve rebuilt the site to improve on security. Some links may be busted – if so I’m working on it 😉

Thank the script kiddies folks … May they all rot! >:(

UPDATE: Unfortunately the SIP ALG tester had to go thanks to abuse by these loser ‘hackers’ that spread spam and malware via WordPress blogs (wow your mother’s must be proud! If they really ARE proud that you are such scum, it shows what worthlessness your whole family tree must come from…).

Honestly, some fault is mine – despite Ubuntu KB’s stating CHOWN www-data user/group for your Wordpess installations, that is NOT good. What that results in, is idiots uploading php and other files in your themes,plugins, and other folders they enumerate. Once uploaded to your server – they will statically redirect all kinds of traffic (I’ve seen from Russia/France/Ukraine/Germany) through your site. Removing the files is futile as they will re-appear. Once compromised it’s difficult to find out which files are changed (even with tools like Wordfence, though it DOES help). The best solution is reinstall WordPress, and secure every single stinking folder and file with the appropriate permissions. Then GOOD LUCK getting that “Easy functionality” with plugins and themes, because if you’ve secured it right – you can’t automatically install shit…Best option is do installs/updates manually.

So why go back to WordPress? Because I DO really like the overall setup and simplicity. This is a test site for me – nothing major, so I’m not going to custom code a nice site (and rather not have an ugly basic site either lol). This time I read up and spent the appropriate time involved in (hopefully) securing WordPress so losers can’t take advantage of it.

WiiU 5.5.0 Exploit by Yellows8

Hi Folks,

LATEST UPDATE – Kernel exploit for 5.5.0 released – Use that vs this 😉

WiiU kernel exploit leaked for FW 5.5.0 & 5.5.1!!

UPDATE #1 – WORK IN PROGRESS – Some other dependencies are required – working on these – until then DO NOT USE!

UPDATE #2 – After further research, I installed the dependency files, but you NEED A PAYLOAD! There has not yet been a payload that works for this released to my knowledge…Thus it’s useless until we get a loader. I don’t recommend running this on your WiiU until we have a payload 😉

UPDATE #3 – Exploit should work on 5.5.1 – People are working on making payloads for 5.5.x versions. This should be working in the future…however with userland access only, we may only see simple homebrew (like pong).

UPDATE #4 – Don’t hold your breath on this. It’s there but I’m not wasting time to play pong with it until they have better payloads or Kernel exploit.

UPDATE #5 – Removed wii hack php files due to security issues with spammers. Not a big deal as the top link shows you how to run your own local java server with kernel hacks 😉

Yellows8 posted his WiiU hack (reference: http://wololo.net/2016/01/13/wii-u-browserhax-released-for-5-5-0/)

Haven’t had time to play with it yet, but here it is for your enjoyment!

Browse to this via your WiiU’s web browser:

http://thec0de.com/wiiuhaxx.php?sysver={val}

You must specify the “sysver={val}” URL parameter for pages using this codebase, for selecting your Wii U system-version:
* “532”: 5.3.2
* “540”: 5.4.0
* “550”: 5.5.0 / 5.5.1

DISCLAIMER: I’m not responsible if this bricks your WiiU…I haven’t tested it yet myself.

Need a WiiU? I can’t promise these will be 5.5.1 firmware…but if you’re looking to buy them either way (They might be 5.5.x firmware…) It helps support this site and does not cost you anything additional!

Added ZeroBin and HTML5 SIP Phone

I’ve added these two tools to the site!

ZeroBin is a client-side encrypted “Pastebin”. It’s encrypted on your end before being uploaded to my server. Great tool to paste code, logs, etc.

HTML5 SIP Phone is basically a proof-of-concept “Softphone” built entirely using HTML5 code. There are no plugins, or other 3rd party software (like Java for example) that is required to make it work. You just need to have a HTML5 compatible web browser.

Links can be found on the Main Menu Bar up top!

Added SIP ALG Tester

Long time no updates – Life has been busy.

I’ve added the SIP ALG Tester link at the top menu.

You can use our site to test your network for UDP/TCP based SIP ALG packet modifications. Many routers have this feature present, and it breaks VoIP communications more often than helping them.

Check it out, and let us know if you have any questions!