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

By Jason Fitzpatrick on July 26th, 2012

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
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