Don't blame it on the connection. DIY site Instructables has a primer on how to make your own Wi-Fi waveguide, which will make it possible to amplify and connect to out-of-reach wireless signals.
This quick and simple hack adjusts the USB Wi-Fi dongle for all different types of angles to troubleshoot for low internet signals. Alternatively, use it it figure out whether problematic internet connections lie on the PC end.
Among the things you'll need are glue, a stick, string, a USB dongle, thick tape, and a can. If you want easy adjustability and stability, the guide also suggests using a Gorillapod for mounting. You'll have to cut the can, so be forewarned that some caution may be needed to prevent from hurting yourself.
The waveguide is created by shaping the can, and then by sliding the USB Wi-Fi dongle partially through it. Instructables has the full guide below. Got any quick internet hacks? Let's hear 'em in the comments below.
Quick and dirty USB wifi dongle waveguide [Instructables]