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Chicken Mesh Communications Dish

A parabolic reflector antenna for wifi/3G/4G which can be made easily from basic materials.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

The dish is made simply from plywood, chicken wire, and cable ties with basic tools. It acts as a reflector and focusing antenna for any kind of microwave or radio transmission, increasing the range of whatever you place at its center from hundreds of meters to potentially tens of kilometers. Build tutorial at: http://solarflower.org/?content=othertech&lang=en&tech=reflectordish

WHO BENEFITS?

Anyone with a phone, wifi etc who wants to be able to connect at greater distances.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

People would be able to communicate further, establish mesh networks and greater network sharing, use more basic devices more effectively.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Yes, for two or more years

EXPERTISE

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I've been working on developing open source lowtech for the last six years.

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Thanks for the share Daniel and welcome to OpenIDEO!

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