A Houston, Texas, grandma will finally be able to watch the religious videos that she's been missing, now that she has become the first host of a residential "Super W-Fi" hotspot. "I've wanted to have the Internet for a long time, but it's very expensive" said Leticia Aguirre, described in a statement from Rice University, co- …
"watch religious programming"
Euphemism for porn no doubt.
I'm going OK?
as title + coat
...considering the amount of time the "performers" say "oh god...oh god...OHHH GODDD..."
I thought this was a tech site, where are the numbers? What's the range of this new super wifi? What kind of bandwidth will this lady be getting? What kit is installed in her house? Where does the signal come from? How many people can the source serve? What are the drawbacks?
Google For-your-information Exists.
Bypass El-Reg completely and go straight to Google.
Hey, Reg - how about publishing tech journalism instead of political editorials, hm?
"Looking forward to .... watching religious videos online "
At last! An even more pointless waste of bandwidth than spam.
This news (such as it is - utterly devoid of details
regarding speeds, costs, etc) cannot be allowed to pass without the appropriate quote from Henry David Thoreau :
«We are in great haste to build a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate.»
I was going to rant on about...
..."...watching religious videos online..." but Neil and AC beat me to it!
God f*cking damn it, the internet was not invented for bullsh*t !
No it wasn't...
...but it hasn't harmed it's growth in any way!
Getting irked at this
I am getting tired of the claims of greatness of the old TV spectrum and how amazing it will make life. They will not be faster speeds from this, yes it will be a more stable, greater ranged and have more punch power (ability to enter buildings and pass through organics) but bandwidth does not magically go up when you reduce your frequency. It also has the lovely side effect of needing larger antennas which usually means they will use 1/2 or 1/4 wavelength antennas and thus it reduces pros they do gain.
As I understand "Super-Wifi" it uses the UHF merely as an interlink between APs and then it is back to normal, this does seem like a great idea for long range interlinks sans copper, but I would not be touting it as super. All it merely is is a repeater station they have done this for years. The fun part will be when people start sniffing and asking is that UHF signal is secure, I skimmed a bit but seems it may not be.
Not the First
Spectrum Bridge has been conducting trials for a year and half, including residential broadband access. http://www.spectrumbridge.com/products-services/whitespaces/success-stories.aspx
Carlson Wireless has a trial going at the Yurok Reservation in Northern California http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_17248440
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