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Vivato fires up Wi-Fi grid for Idaho tribe

Tue, 06/28/2005 - 8:00pm
Karen Brown

Members of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe in northern Idaho are making the leap into the broadband world, installing a series of Wi-Fi base stations from Vivato to power a new Internet network.

Vivato supplied the tribe with 16 Wi-Fi base stations that were installed throughout the reservation to provide broadband Internet access by the end of the summer. A community technology center will house 40 computers available free to tribal members who do not have access to a home computer, and in addition, the tribe will provide Wi-Fi links to its residents at subscription rates comparable to other ISPs.

Vivato's mesh Wi-Fi technology uses phased array antennas and its home-grown PacketSteering scheme to boost coverage as much as 12 times that of other Wi-Fi systems. In a demonstration to seal the deal, a Vivato base station provided coverage at a distance of 13 miles on the reservation - which was key, given the reservation sprawls across some 345,000 acres.

"Vivato is one of the most exciting things to happen in the Wi-Fi industry," said Tom Jones, systems engineer for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, in a release. "Hands down, it blows everything else away."

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