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New WiFi distance record: 238 Miles

Published Jun 18th, 2007 5:06PM EDT

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I have a friend who’s all excited that he got his WiFi network powerful enough that it reaches all corners of his home. Me? I’m excited that mine works on my couch, when it’s based in the bedroom. Imagine the pride felt by Ermanno Pietrosemoli, a researcher in Venezuela, when he accomplished what no one has done prior…a WiFi link of 382km, or 238 miles, using nothing but Intel equipment and a few off-the-shelf items. The previous record of 310km was originally set by Swedish scientists between a balloon and Earth-bound PC, which to us makes this even more impressive. 3MB/sec at 238 miles, with stuff in the way? You go, amigo.