It would only make sense, after seeing what a kitchen strainer can do, that a metal kitchen pot would provide a significant signal boost for a mobile broadband modem, or “dongle”. The homemade video evidence tells all.
The video is edited in a rather stuttered style for reasons unknown, but the segments where a USB broadband modem is placed into, and pulled out of, a large saucepan, with a signal strength meter running, seem to be fairly steady. A YouTube commenter suggests a more parabolic shape, like a wok, might do even better in capturing and honing the broadband signal.
If you’re ever stuck at a friend’s house with weak mobile broadband reception, it might pay off to dig into their cookware. At the least, it’s an instant conversation starter.
The Best (and Funniest) 3G Mobile Broadband Signal Booster [The Mobile Broadband Blog via Slashdot]