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Dan Lampie and David Brenner built a turbine that powers a WiFi repeater and VOIP server.

The project uses a pair of Linksys wireless router with DD-WRT firmware to bring Wi-Fi and VOIP connectivity to remote areas without well-established infrastructure. Potential applications include extending internet connectivity from urban to rural areas, providing weather and trail condition information at trailheads in National Parks, and a rapidly-deployable and inexpensive communications network to aid disaster recovery teams. In addition to providing connectivity, the power produced by the turbine and solar cell is monitored and reported back to a central server using an Arduino microcontroller connected to a hall-effect current sensor. The total cost of this project was less than $500, which is a fraction of the cost of existing solutions to provide wireless communications and remote power!

Wind and Solar Communications Node

John Baichtal

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


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