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Re: [speed/latency] Speeds, A sad and true story

Get creative? You can make quite a powerful directional WIFI antenna using basically scraps. I received a 54Mbps connection at 1/2 mile distance with a parabolic shaped aluminium drop light ($5) and a Netgear Wireless-N USB WIFI Card. Granted that this is only using the 5V supply offered from a USB. If you are technically disinclined and have a bit of extra cash you can go on Amazon and buy a directional WIFI antenna and boost it. Get on board with someone in the other town and get two directional antennas, download NetStumbler to find the superior signal and point to point antenna direction (the best spot for which they would be pointed at one another) and Abracadabra! I used to work on directional WIFI antennas that were relatively cheap and at full power had a 32-Mile Range. Now, like satellite, you would have to take a hit on latency as microwaves and bandwidth require more time to transmit through the air, but it would be worth it. It all might sound silly, but it works fantastic. I'll help if need be.