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Using Potatoes to Test Wi-Fi Networks

By December 22, 2012

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If you ask computer network administrators what they do with potatoes, most will just say they eat them. The admins over at Boeing, though, seem to be more sophisticated than most and have been busy using potatoes in Wi-Fi signal tests on airplanes.

It may not sound intuitive but makes good sense why the Boeing engineers want to do this: With several hundred potat... err, passengers on board, many trying to access the plane's wireless network simulataneously, Wi-Fi signal obstructions from people's bodies is a big deal. Positioning wireless access points in the right places is critical to making airplane Wi-Fi (and other kinds of Internet hotspots

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