Homemade Drone Provides Wi-Fi Hotspot

Could be useful in post-disaster situations


Once the exclusive province of the military, drones now protect wildlife, study ancient ruins and could soon monitor storms. Robot enthusiast Adam Conway decided to add "Wi-Fi hotspot" to the list.

Conway, a product manager at Aerohive, which provides corporate IT networks, used a quadrotor frame, some plywood, and an old router from work to built a drone that can provide a Wi-Fi connection over the local LTE phone network. It can even link up to a corporate virtual private network for extra security.