Photos: Rugged Wi-Fi surfs powerboat waves

Photos: Rugged Wi-Fi surfs powerboat waves

Summary: Ever wondered what bouncing around at 55mph and being lashed with saltwater would do to a wireless router?

TOPICS: Mobility

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  • The next time you complain about configuring a wireless router, spare a thought for the engineers from Global Secure Systems who had to install a system that would withstand the punishment of a speeding powerboat.

  • The actual access point is manufactured by 3eTI, which makes access points for the government and military. In this case, the Wi-Fi was used to transmit live video from inside the AppGate Mermaid competing in the Honda British Formula Four Stroke Powerboat championships.

    The team's plan is to put more Wi-Fi kit on other boats and even on a helicopter.

Topic: Mobility

Andrew Donoghue

About Andrew Donoghue

"If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism."

Hunter S. Thompson

Andrew Donoghue is a freelance technology and business journalist with over ten years on leading titles such as Computing, SC Magazine, BusinessGreen and

Specialising in sustainable IT and technology in the developing world, he has reported and volunteered on African aid projects, as well as working with charitable organisations such as the UN Foundation and Computer Aid.

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