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Intel has announced plans to offer a Wi-Fi platform known as Rural Connectivity Platform (RCP) later this year. With theoretical ranges of up to 60 miles from one radio, the technology will have speeds of upwards of 6.5 megabits per second. That’s plenty fast to transmit video for video conferences or downloading full web pages.

After already been tested in countries like India, Panama, and Vietnam, Intel plans to start selling devices for under $500 each. This means that the end-to-end cost of sending high speed internet will be under $1,000. To picture how it works, just visualize a wireless router sending a signal to your neighbor’s house. Once it hits his router, the signal is spread throughout his house via ethernet/cables. In this case the neighbors will be around 30 miles apart, on average.

One of the main differences between this and existing Wi-Fi technology is that traditionally, access points like this are coded to time out due to inactivity. Intel’s RCP is set up so that this does not happen.

You have to hand it to Intel for doing this. The capability to get internet out to places that normally wouldn’t have it ensures that there will be more people buying cell phones and MID’s. And guess who makes chips for both of those?
    
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Very wise move on their part to try and boost the CPU market by boosting the use of the internet. The net gets more content and the countries get a good little push in the right direction and Intel gets more money. I'm very thoroughly impressed by this i would have never thought of such a thing.
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Very wise move on their part to try and boost the CPU market by boosting the use of the internet. The net gets more content and the countries get a good little push in the right direction and Intel gets more money. I'm very thoroughly impressed by this i would have never thought of such a thing.
I'd take this more or less that it shows Intel is not just in CPU's, and is a large contributor to many technologies we use today.. But thats just me .
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I'd take this more or less that it shows Intel is not just in CPU's, and is a large contributor to many technologies we use today.. But thats just me .
They do a ton of memory research. AMD does too but not nearly as much as Intel (company size difference is probably to blame.)
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does this mean that I could buy one of these for my own use for $1000 and have wifi pretty much anywhere in atlanta?
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does this mean that I could buy one of these for my own use for $1000 and have wifi pretty much anywhere in atlanta?
good question?

hell if i could pay 1000 for wifi in my city i would get a couple friends to pitch in and share the bandwidth...
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good question?

hell if i could pay 1000 for wifi in my city i would get a couple friends to pitch in and share the bandwidth...
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does this mean that I could buy one of these for my own use for $1000 and have wifi pretty much anywhere in atlanta?
Don't forget latency with this sort of thing is extremely large and you need a receiver i think because regular Wifi cards don't have the power to send the packets back that far.
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Id wonder exactly how much physical material can this signal reach through? Its all fine and good for home routers which dont have to send through much, but if material blocks the signal id imagine the wireless distribution unit would have to be elevated so many homes have close to direct line of sight to allow this to work.
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Id wonder exactly how much physical material can this signal reach through? Its all fine and good for home routers which dont have to send through much, but if material blocks the signal id imagine the wireless distribution unit would have to be elevated so many homes have close to direct line of sight to allow this to work.
Radio waves don't have much trouble going through normal building materials.
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My friend spencer lives outside of down, and he can't get high speed, he gets really depressed because he can't play Xbox live, this might give him hope...
    
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