How to Add an External Antenna to Your PS3

By Marshal M. Rosenthal ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Bath towel
  • Double duty aluminum foil roll
  • Cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Cellophane tape
  • Ruler

The PlayStation 3 (PS3) has an internal antenna that is used to receive wireless transmissions from a Wi-Fi home network. Add an external antenna to the PS3 to amplify and improve its ability to receive Wi-Fi. A few simple supplies found around most households is all that is needed. No special tools are required because the PS3 will not be disassembled—so any warranty that might be in place will not be voided.

Place a bath towel on the table. Open the top of the cereal box and remove the bag of cereal. Place the bag of cereal aside.

Place the cereal box, face down, on the bath towel. Cut out the back of the cereal box with the scissors. Place the rectangle of cut out cardboard horizontally on the bath towel. Dispose of the rest of the cereal box.

Tear off strips of aluminum foil from the aluminum foil roll. Wrap the strips of aluminum foil around the cardboard, tucking the ends of each strip underneath the sides. Continue wrapping strips of aluminum foil on the cardboard until it is completely covered. Smooth down the aluminum foil on the cardboard with your fingers.

Turn the cardboard over. Tape down the ends of the aluminum foil on the cardboard with strips of cellophane tape. Turn the cardboard over.

Measure in 4 inches from each side of the cardboard. Fold in each side at the 4-inch mark. Smooth the crease down on both sides with your fingers. Unfold the sides.

Rotate the PS3 so that the front is facing in the direction of the WI-FI transmitter of the wireless home network, for example, a wireless router.

Stand the cardboard that is now an antenna behind the PS3 so that the foil covered side is facing in the direction of the WI-FI transmitter. Move the cardboard so that its center is right up against the right back edge of the PS3 because that is where the antenna is located inside.

About the Author

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."