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New World Record for Unamplified Wireless Networking

“Loaded for bear.” That quaint phrase means that you have the biggest, baddest gun, loaded with the biggest, baddest bullet, because you may have to shoot a big, bad bear. It indicates that you have gone all out in an effort to be prepared for any situation.

“Loaded for bear” describes perfectly a team of determined young college students calling themselves “iFiber Redwire,” who, with parents, family and friends in tow, traveled from Cincinnati, Ohio to a rugged desert area near Las Vegas, Nevada to compete in the 3rd Annual Defcon Wifi Shootout Contest. The contest challenges teams to wirelessly connect two computers at extreme distances using the radio technology known as “WiFi,” and, on July 30, 2005, the efforts of iFiber Redwire paid off in an impressive way. After part of the team drove a trailer loaded with equipment to Utah Hill, near Beaver Dam in the state of Utah, iFiber Redwire used a fascinating collection of homemade antennas, surplus 12 foot satellite dishes, home-welded support structures, scaffolds, ropes and computers to wirelessly connect to their comrades who were located southwest of Las Vegas at the top of Mount Potosi. The final result was a full 11 Mbps data transfer rate over a distance of 125 miles, a new world record for an unamplified wireless networking connection.

More information and contest results will be posted soon to the official contest website at

Released by the Defcon Wifi Shootout Contest Staff.

Third Annual Defcon Wi-Fi Shootout Contest

Once again, wifi enthusiasts from around the globe will gather in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 29-31, 2005, to pit their geeky skills against one another in the 3rd Annual Defcon Wifi Shootout Contest.

With last year’s contest winners establishing a new world’s record (certified by the Guinness Book of World Records), this year’s contest is sure to once again shatter all preconceived notions as to how far a wifi signal can travel!

The goal of the contest is simple: to achieve the greatest possible connect distance between two 802.11b/g stations through innovative engineering and antenna design. Held in conjunction with the annual Defcon conference, teams will be drawn from the pool of approximately 5000 Defcon attendees to see whose wifi reigns supreme! Spectacular prizes and fun are available to all who participate.

For more information, and to view the results of last year’s contest, please visit http://www.wifi-shootout.com

For more information about Defcon, please visit http://www.defcon.org

Contest staff are also, for a limited time, seeking additional contest sponsors. Simply do a Google search for “Defcon Wifi Shootout” to see the coverage this event has received in the past!

Announced by Dave Moore and the Defcon Wifi Shootout Contest Staff