We’ve seen old shoe boxes transform into decked out dioramas and soda pop cans become purses, but never trash that can be configured to deliver the internet. The folks in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, have turned boards and bottles into huge Wi-Fi transmitters. Named the Fab-Fi network, this complicated series of trash is operating quite nicely.
To put things in perspective, your average wireless router will operate at about 22Mbps real throughput for an area of a few feet on a good day. The longest connection in the FabFi network is a whopping 2.41 miles with a real throughput of 11.5 Mbps, an amazing feat considering the operative distance is several orders of magnitude larger.
Apparently, the transmitter nodes can serve an entire community and cost roughly $60.