Civic Booster

Posted by Sam Churchill on

While at an RV show this weekend, I saw a mobile WiFi router with a cellular booster amp for WiFi access in remote places. The $795 kit delivers a solid cellular signal where regular phones can’t and the WiFi router is smaller, cheaper and faster than satellite connections.

I talked to Rob Taylo whose company,, is marketing the kit. It uses an Airtek mobile WiFi router and a USB cellular data card for the backhaul. To boost signal strength, it’s connected to a 3 watt booster amp and external antenna.

The roof mounted antenna connects to a signal booster. The cable then runs to the mobile router, where it [inductively] couples the cellular signal to the USB card (from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon). The mobile router supplies WiFi to anyone in the vicinity.

The cellular USB card can also be used directly on your laptop. I thought it was a great idea.

How about a mobile router on a Bike.

The Kyocera KR2 mobile router has 802.11n with an ExpressCard 34 slot, two USB ports and a PCMCIA slot. Imagine using Airspan’s WiMAX USB card (right) for the backhaul. Motorola’s AP-7131, a tri-radio 802.11n access point, has a WiMAX backhaul slot.

Then wirelessly connect the mobile router to a couple of Nokia Tablets for live video and messaging. Handy for bike or bus tours.

Today the Nokia N810 dropped $90, bringing the price down to $389.99. And the earlier N800 (which is even better in some respects), now goes for $250 on Amazon. Nikon’s S51c ($279) is able to connect to any open Wi-Fi hotspot and send photographs directly from the camera to anyone’s e-mail address, Flickr, or blog.

Gosh. How about solar power?

Posted by Sam Churchill on Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 at 6:56 pm .

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