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    Thank you Mitch.&nbsp; I had already been wondering how such an item
    would work. <a moz-do-not-send="true"
      href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=92429">http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=92429</a>
    .&nbsp; I'll&nbsp; be trying to replicate this at NB within the next week or
    2.&nbsp; If anyone who has a vague idea what they are doing wants to work
    on this with me, please let me know.<br>
    -Claudia <br>
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    On 7/6/2011 3:56 PM, Mitch Altman wrote:
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        Interesting blurb from SFGate about DIY in the 3rd world:<br>
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        <h2>DIY internet spreading through Middle East and Africa</h2>
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        <!-- 1 -->Did you know that people in Kenya, Afghanistan and
        Pakistan are building their own wireless networks out of found
        materials? Just $60 of everyday items such as wood, cans,
        plastic tubs, wires and car batteries can provide internet
        service for hundreds of people. It's like the "telephone" of
        your youth and the best <em>MacGyver</em> episode ever, all
        rolled up into one. <br>
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          <p class="source">Courtesy MIT's Fab Lab</p>
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        It works like this: A single commercial wireless router is
        mounted on radio frequency reflectors and covered in a metal
        mesh. Another router/reflector pair is set up at a distance. The
        two routers establish a network that can be used by anybody with
        a reflector. To build a reflector, all you need is a material &#8212;
        wood, metal, plastic, stone or clay &#8212; that can mount the metal
        mesh. The system can be powered with an automobile battery, so
        it doesn't have to rely on fickle developing-world power grids.<br>
        The goal is simply internet access for all. And, believe it or
        not, networks are up and running in Kenya, Jalalabad, Pakistan,
        and in various hospitals and clinics around Afghanistan. The
        project is supported by MIT's <a moz-do-not-send="true"
          href="http://fabfi.fablab.af/index.html" target="_blank">Fab
          Lab</a>. Some of the scientists involved in the project are
        paying for it out of pocket, with some help from the National
        Science Foundation. <br>
        It's an open-source project, so if you're interested in building
        a DYI network here in the shadow of Silicon Valley, just hit up
        the <a moz-do-not-send="true"
          href="http://code.google.com/p/fabfi/wiki/WikiHome?tm=6"
          target="new">wiki</a>. <br>
        Hat tip to <a moz-do-not-send="true"
href="http://www.fastcompany.com/1761891/afghanistan-fab-fi-fab-fi-wireless-mesh-network-internet"
          target="_blank">Fast Company</a> for this awesome story.<br>
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        <p class="credit"><span class="author">Posted By: <a
              moz-do-not-send="true"
              href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/author?auth=264">Cameron
              Scott</a> (<a moz-do-not-send="true"
              href="mailto:green@sfgate.com">Email</a>, <a
              moz-do-not-send="true"
href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/twitter/topics/contributor?q=thingreenline">Twitter</a>,
            <a moz-do-not-send="true"
              href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/SFGreen/65448602568">Facebook</a>)</span>
          | <span class="pubdate">July 02 2011 at 01:45 PM</span></p>
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        Read more: <a moz-do-not-send="true" style="color: rgb(0, 51,
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        Mitch.<br>
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