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Student-built Wi-Fi Tank Deploys Wi-Fi Where the Going Gets Tough

This impressive build by a group of Northeastern University engineering students is an all-terrain tank capable of deploying a multi-node Wi-Fi network in extremely adverse conditions–it’ll be just the thing to have on hand for your post-apocalyptic LAN parties.

Check out the video below to see a montage of the build process and the end result:

Awesome tank-fabrication aside, the project has a rather neat element. The operator boots up the tank and a Wi-Fi enabled control tablet to establish the first segment of the network. They can then control the tank via the first Wi-Fi link and use the tank to recon ahead and deploy Wi-Fi repeaters right off the back of the tank to continue extending the network.

Hit up the link below to read more about the project.

WiFi-Extending Robot [via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/26/12

Comments (9)

  1. vtzete0

    not so sure about the porn music in the video.

  2. Irish_IT

    ^What is NOT sexy about a wifi tank?!? Nothing, I submit!

  3. r

    the tank is fine but I the porn music makes it all come together really

  4. Dorothy

    What’s porn about the music?

  5. nagger

    why the hell it gotta be a white tank? why can’t it be black? das some racists right there man.

  6. Art

    It is just a device people! Really , the racist card! Worked for OJ Simpson, but not here. Congrats to the engineers for the cool wifi tank.

  7. zip

    A sham & flagrant miscarriage of justice that I’ve never seen!!

    -Johnnie L Cochran

  8. james

    the tank is cool instead of land trans mitters it could be sater lite trans mition very good idea

  9. Slomem

    Is this 2012 or have we stepped into Dr. Whos’ Telephone booth ?

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