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[aprssig] OT: Broadband internet in remote locations

Arnie Shore 3ashore at Comcast.net
Thu Jun 12 12:04:05 UTC 2008

Wes, can tell us a bit more re yr " ... icsdatabase web app ..."?

I've been looking at doing something like  that open source.


Wes Johnston, AI4PX wrote:
> We recently used my icsdatabase web app via a laptop with cellular 
> internet for a NDMS drill in Spartanburg SC.  The laptop used 
> WinXP's ICS (internet connection sharing) and we piped that into the 
> commo trailer's wifi router's WAN port.  From there, we were able to 
> feed 14 laptops within 400' of the trailer with no appreciable 
> degredation of bandwidth.  Our commo trailer is setup with an external 
> cell antenna with FME connector and a few pigtails for common phones, 
> and the wifi router has an external NMO 5dB antenna.
> Of course the ICS database app is designed to be low bandwidth and not 
> loaded up with eye candy or flash BS.  Very reminiscent of a 1990's 
> web page... when people didn't have DSL and 5meg cable modems.  The 
> ritziest graphic on the site is an occasional GIF from findu, and 
> other than that, some small animated 20x20px GIFs.  The database 
> allowed us to track patients from the point they were triaged in the 
> field, decontaminated and then sent to the local hospitals.  Even 
> better, we were able to assign them to vehicles and use hooks to findu 
> to show the locations of the vehicles.  The hospitals knew which 
> patients to expect and could read the triage info before the patients 
> arrived.  Heck, it even has a "magic" way (lol) to link family members 
> and their pets.  We are able to register patients by swiping the mag 
> stripe on their driver's license too.
> This is what you can do with internet in the field.
> Wes

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