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Out in the Cold?

If Wi-Fi "cold spots" are leaving you in the lurch, try these solutions.

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This story appears in the August 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Wi-Fi is one of the greatest networking innovations to reach growing businesses in a long time. It also can be one of the most frustrating. Wi-Fi signals don't always reach into every nook and cranny of an office building, and there are often "cold spots" where Wi-Fi fades or drops off altogether. Adding a Pringles can is one way the technically innovative extend network range.

A more professional-looking answer is to add an extended-range antenna-basically, a larger antenna, sometimes placed high on a wall. At about $50, this can cost as much as an access point, and you have to make sure there's compatibility with the hardware you're currently using.

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