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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot

Want to bring Wi-Fi connectivity to the masses, or simply set up a hotspot for a remote group? Popular Science features a how-to article for turning a backpack into a portable, solar-powered hotspot.

The pack taps into cellular services' ultrafast EVDO broadband access. Parts for the project will set you back about $1065, minus the backpack itself.

Perhaps the most intriguing use for a mobile hotspot would be for a highly mobile team such as a group of emergency relief personnel, working in an area where EVDO is available but Wi-Fi is not. Mobile hotspots could also be built onto vehicles and other large pieces of equipment.

Sources: Wi-Fi Toys, Boing Boing