Sunday, June 10, 2007

"Long-Haul" point-to-point WiFi links

I start this blog with a great, not so new idea that I decided to reimplement and see working with my own eyes. The principles behind it are not new at all and go back to the early days of RADAR technology (1930's), in a time where microwave radio research was taking place to improve the accuracy of this type of equipment. The need for guiding radio waves through a low loss medium and to be able to selectively pickup signals coming from a particular direction (in this case echoes from the emitted pulses) led to the design of different types of microwave antennas. These antennas had to be both compact (in order to fit into small airplane compartments) and efficient (output most of the signal from the transmitter in a particular direction and receive with exceptional gain the signal returning from that same direction).