Worst-Case Internet

The Network Relief Kit brings online connectivity to disaster sites.

By Mike Outmesguine

Communications is often the first service to go down after a disaster, assuming the area even has a connected infrastructure to begin with. Cellphones, EVDO, DSL/cable internet, and even land lines go down quickly when exposed to water or faced with power outages and broken fiber lines. But you can always count on the sun, a battery, and a satellite orbiting 22,000 miles high.

The backpack-portable Network Relief Kit (NRK) from NetHope does just that. Utilizing solar-electric battery charging and low-power satellite hardware, the $3,500 NRK brings together all the technology needed for a quick uplink to the outside world. It features a ...

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