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New WiFi Distance World Record

Date : 28 / 08 / 2005
Author : Michael Owen - VK3KI

The RSGB reports that a team of college students participating in this year's Defcom WiFi Shootout contest in the US has smashed its own world
record for the longest distance unamplified WiFi connection. Team iFiber Rewire achieved an unamplified 11Mbps connection over a distance of 124.9 miles for three hours between Las Vegas, Nevada and Utah Hill, Utah. Making 11,000 successful pings during that time, the group more than doubled its previous best distance. WiFi allows computers to talk to each other without the need for connecting cables. The technology is often used in business offices or the home to create wireless computer networks but its range is usually limited to less than 100m.

However, thanks to some ingenious homebrew equipment, Team iFiber Rewire has extended the technology's range beyond what was previously thought possible. The equipment the record holders used for the feat included a collection of homemade antennas, surplus 12 foot satellite dishes, home-welded support structures, scaffolds, ropes and computers.

The winning team now intends to publish information on how to build the equipment needed to achieve 100-mile-plus WiFi connections. Visit the following website for more details Link


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