Adventures with a Laptop and a Colander As some of you know I am house sitting in France and the place where we are staying does not have broadband but I have permission to use the signal from next door. A house on the same property but the router is a good 70 yards away. As a result I have had a very erratic signal. I searched the web and read about all sorts of do-it-yourself solutions This morning I went in search of a low cost wok as that seemed to offer the easiest solution but I could not find one so I purchased a 12 inch diameter plastic colander. I lined it with aluminium foil stuck in place with selotape. I cut a small hole in the middle of the bottom and inserted my USB wireless dongle. I then played around to find the best position and taped the contraption to my window. My signal strength is now 24mbps my previous best was 5 mbps and more normally just 2mbps. Netgear says my signal strenth now is 52% where before it varied between 3 and 7% It may look odd but I am able to surf again and use my VOIP phone. Total cost was under 3 euro. In UK money about £2 or in US about $4.