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Photos: Rugged Wi-Fi surfs powerboat waves

Ever wondered what bouncing around at 55mph and being lashed with saltwater would do to a wireless router?
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By Andrew Donoghue on
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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.

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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.

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