[NetBehaviour] Be Your Own Hotspot

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sat Jul 30 15:10:07 CEST 2005

*Be Your Own Hotspot

Turn a backpack into a portable, solar-powered Wi-Fi hotspot, and share 
a high-speed connection anywhere.*

By Mike Outmesguine

I love the fact that more and more devices are sporting built-in 
Wi-Fi--the Sony PSP, smartphones, even Kodak's EasyShare-One digital 
camera. The lone hitch: Wi-Fi is useless without a hotspot. Sure, 
thousands of spots are available, but few are free, and coverage is far 
from ubiquitous. What if you could marry the short-range power of Wi-Fi 
with the huge coverage areas of high-speed cellular services such as 
EV-DO to create a portable hotspot? You could use any Wi-Fi-enabled 
gadget anywhere you've got a cell signal. Play multiplayer games with 
friends in the park, or blog an event in real-time. Since EV-DO works at 
freeway speeds, you could even give Internet access to an entire 
road-trip caravan.

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