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Materials

Aluminum Sheet Metal The aluminum sheet metal will be formed into a parabola and used to redirect the wireless signal to a specific location. Aluminum was chosen because it is highly reflective at a variety of frequencies, and it is relatively easy to work with due to its pliability. We will use approximately 27 square inches of sheet metal for the construction of the two parabolic reflectors. Composite Wood or Craftsman Wood We will either use composite wood or craftsman wood depending on availability at local stores. Synthetic wood was chosen over real wood as it is easier to cut. As an added bonus, trees will not have to be butchered in order for our parabolic reflector to be created. We will use approximately 14 square inches of the wood to complete the project. Glue We haven't the slightest clue what type of glue to use to adhere the wood to the sheet metal. Metal epoxy, rubber cement, and hot glue are all prospective possibilities, but we will not know until we begin experimenting. Graphing Paper Graphing paper will be used to trace the sixteen plot points before we begin to cut the composite/craftsman wood. In the unlikely event that we must change the specifications of the parabola, graphing paper will allow us to make changes quickly without running out of materials. Alternatively, we might use a printed template to increase accuracy. Graphing Implements, Scissors, and other Cutting Implements These items/tools will be necessary to complete the final product. Various computer programs and writing utensils will enable us to construct the parabola with as much accuracy as possible. We will need scissors to cut the sheet metal, and might need a box cutter for use on the wood. Router / Wireless G Compatible Computer To gauge the effectiveness of our parabolic reflector, we will use a Linksys Wireless G 2.4 GHz Router that has two antennae. We will place one parabolic reflector at the end of each

antennae. The computer that we will test the connection on will have a Realtek RTL9190 802.11n (Mini) PCI graphics card, which is capable of receiving all legal wireless LAN signals.