Wireless technology frees us from the cumbersome hassles of laying LAN-line and purchasing cable, making it a more versatile and flexible means of transferring information. Its shortfall is its range; this experiment is designed to determine a means to extend this range for mobile usage not only for consumers but plausibly for developing countries and the military as well.
Information is the catalyst for advancement and invention. The flow of this information into the hands of underdeveloped countries; providing access to information where education is scarce, could greatly aid in the effort to improve global relations and to provide a bank of knowledge that can be accessed by the masses. To accomplish this feat, advances in the range that wireless networks can span are crucial.
This project is designed to use cheap materials to produce a wireless range extender and reproducer. Essentially, by using a multitude of these devices, networked together creating an ad-hoc system, communities can rely on neighbors connected to neighbors to access a common connection, without the use of expensive cables or Hubs.
As shown, the system of re-broadcasting an IP signal could cheaply solve the problem of relaying a connection to areas where the cost of running cables exceeds the cost of setting up an ad hoc network.
The basic design is displayed by the following schematic. To reduce long run operating costs, the device is essentially solar powered, using the photovoltaic cell to power the unit and charge a battery stack system. The battery stack is designed to provide power for the unit for operation in times of low light.
Each of the two positionable antennas is designed for long range data transmission. Each cylindrical antenna would then have to be directed toward the receiving home.
Inside each base station would essentially be a “hot-spot” of wireless connectivity. Other programs, like ASUS’s 50 by 15 plans to implement the production of cheap, portable, wireless computers for the advancement of underdeveloped countries insofar as to have 50% of the world with the capability to have an internet connection by 2015.