New WiFi record set


wifi-record.jpgWhat’s the range of your WiFi connection at home? 5 meters, or 50 feet at best? Well, no matter what stupendous figure you achieve, chances are it won’t be able to hold a candle to the new WiFi record that was recently set for the longest distance. Apparently, a researcher located in Venezuela managed to successfully send his signal 238 miles away from one research facility to another, where both facilities are located in the Andes mountains. This feat was achieved by using off-the-shelf parts in addition to specialized equipment sponsored by Intel.

238 miles is extremely impressive – I wonder when will such ranges arrive at the consumer’s doorstep? Right now, I can’t really play my Nintendo DS Lite too far away from the WiFi router or else I’ll suffer from a dropped signal which in turn affects my player ranking in Mario Kart DS. Bah! Maybe it is time to move to the Andes…

Source: Gadgetell

3 reviews or comments

Neagle Says: June 19, 2007 at 3:15 pm

Point to point radio networking between fixed locations can be established at great distances with little effort but, achieving a successful workable mobile network over a wide range, say a small city, can be a bit of a challenge. has made the attempt in several metro areas however they have been “challenged” with service issues. I have conducted a few Wi=Fi networking experiments & have only been able to establish a 4 mile area without some serious external antenna modification on the mobile devices although, it kind of defeats the purpose of the device.

John Says: October 21, 2007 at 1:12 pm

the whole reason that radio technologies such as WiFi, Bluetooth and cellular telephones can work is that the have low power transmitters and a very short range. Think about it… if every cell phone could transmit around the world it would be like every car in the world driving down the same street at the same time. It cannot work.

Same with WiFi. Everybody’s signal would be interfering with everyone else’s if all receivers could hear all transmitters.

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