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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Extending WiFi to one mile, thanks to empty TV channels

    Rice University grad student Ryan Guerra is on a mission to extend the range of WiFi signals from a few hundred feet to a mile—and beyond. This month, he succeeded, thanks to some nifty engineering and a few empty TV channels.

    The first beneficiary of his work is Houston resident Leticia Aguirre, 48, who lives at the very edge of a local free WiFi network run by Technology for All. The high frequencies (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) used by WiFi mean that signals don't easily penetrate the tree branches and leaves which surrounded Aguirre's home.

    On the "deadest, stillest day of winter" the signal might be reliable, Guerra told me, but most of the year, it has been frustratingly intermittent. Even though the WiFi connection was free and Aguirre can't afford DSL or cable, her experience was so poor she considered canceling the service.

    Guerra decided to use Aguirre's home as the first location for new "Super WiFi" test gear being developed and tested at Rice. Instead of relying on traditional WiFi frequencies, the Super WiFi project downshifts the signal into an empty TV channel—in this case, channel 29, which has the additional virtue of having empty adjacent channels, as well.

    This could have amazing implications.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Boston, MA
    I like this
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  3. #3
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    Jul 2009
    Los Angeles
    I won't be surprise if that Guerra guy ends up a rich guy or a dead guy, just saying.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Nice. I've heard rumors of something similar to this in large cities, basically coming for cellphone providers after 4G/LTE. Pretty much Wi-Fi specific towers covering cities.

    It would be amazing.
    Time for some hootenanny.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Quote Originally Posted by dbroncos78087 View Post

    This could have amazing implications.
    It could have some very good commercial implications, but it's pretty useless for the average consumer. Cool though.

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