So the story is: wifi didn't work behind the building, and even beside it one had to raise a device at least shoulder-high to connect. Thus, this glorious network. Alas, no matter how I positioned the antenna, packet loss never went below 90%.
Enter the cat. He adjusted it, placing the rake diagonally, and presto! packet loss down to 30%.
So yeah, I'm worse at networking than a feline.