MIT Team Makes Wireless Network in Afghanistan Out of Garbage Bits

by , 03/05/10

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At Inhabitat, we’ve seen a ton of cool things made of garbage, but never a whole wireless network – until now, that is. That’s right, members of MIT‘s Bits and Atoms lab taught locals in Jalalabad, Afghanistan how to transform bits of trash into stuff they could use to create a high speed wireless network for the area. Called FabFi, the network uses reflectors made from discarded pieces of board, wire, plastic tubs and some cans!

FabFi currently has 25 live nodes up in Jalalabad, and people are able to reap the benefits of having a stable connection throughout the city. Taking the knowledge that was imparted to them from the MIT crew, residents are still adding to the network by creating more reflectors and routers too.

According to Gizmodo, there are still some issues around sourcing routers, but the MIT team is helping out by shipping some over.

Via Gizmodo via BoingBoing

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1 Comment

  1. eprom March 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    the picture is of a reflector and housing made of trash. that is NOT a ‘whole wireless network’ made of trash! putting an expensive router near a piece of metal is not an innovation, or news.

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