45 Mile Wi-Fi Range is Now Possible with Lower Power Consumption Than Ever

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45-mile WI-Fi transmitter
The 45-mile Wi-Fi transmitter. Image obtained with thanks from OnRamp Wireless.

On-Ramp Wireless has invented a extend Wi-Fi range which does not just entail using more power to strengthen the signal, but less (which is one reason why this news is on this website).

45-mile WI-Fi transmitter
The 45-mile Wi-Fi transmitter.
Image obtained with thanks from OnRamp Wireless.

Wi-Fi signals become more distorted as they propagate through the air, and of course, they unusable after 1/20 of a mile due to noise. This limits the range to the interior of buildings and it also limits the potential uses of Wi-Fi to applications within buildings as well. Imagine if you could connect wirelessly and even cheaply to someone 45 miles away without using the internet? How about while using less energy? You could also eliminate all of the network cables in the largest buildings cheaply and efficiently.

The transmitter in the image at the top of this page can do all of that.

This transmitter achieves that by utilizing an algorithm that transmits it at the same frequency, but in such a way that it is more resistant to noise so it can propagate through the noisy environment over a 45 mile distance.

Another energy-related advantage of this is that it could facilitate fewer smart grid access points due to the fact that traditional access points don’t transmit nearly as far, so more are needed so that more access points are closer to buildings with smart meters.

The smart grid concept involves utilizing computer and network technology to enable power plant operators and residents to more effectively match the power production of power plants with power demand to reduce the imbalance of day and night time power consumption.

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Source and more details: Technology Review.