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Pimply Kids Project WiFi to 125 Miles

By David Ponce

The title says it all. A bunch of kids got together and rigged up a system that was able to transmit an unamplified WiFi signal to 125 miles, from outside Las Vegas, Nevada to a location near St. George, Utah.

They used the VCom 325hp+ PCMCIA cards running at a built-in power of 300 mw on each end of the link. The cards were connected to one 12 foot and one 10 foot diameter satellite dish (see photo) on each side of the link. The computers they used were running Linux. And their link quality was so fantastic that they got 12 ms ping times, ran ssh shell commands, and even used vnc remote desktop.

They’re also working on plans to smash the current 1.08 miles bluetooth record.

Good job guys, really.

Check out the website here. Story VIA The Gadget Blog.

  • colbert

    yep. those kids are better than some ISPs around the world that can’t even go further than 5km.

  • seventoes

    Ohhh i want one 😀

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  • chris barton

    I think sending a microwave signal 125 Miles would be very hard unless they were sending the signal on top a very high mountain to another very high mountain there is something call the Curve of the Earth. Which limits the distance one can transmit a signal… You could go 125 with microwave if it was from one mountain to another. I have transmitted 10watts 75miles with video on it.

    microwave engineer

  • Adam Wade

    They should get some higher-power cards and try moonbounce. Anywhere on earth that you can see the moon, you can log into the network… Hm, I wonder if the government is looking into this?