Wireless Network Uses Laser Beams To Connect To The Internet

Wireless Network Uses Laser Beams To Connect To The Internet

Developed by RiT Technologies, Beamcaster is a networking hub that can distribute beams of light to receivers up to 18 feet away.

Emma Hutchings
  • 13 may 2013

Developed by RiT Wireless, Beamcaster is a new technology that bridges the gaps in cabling and wi-fi, working together with either of these to offer a fast and flexible solution.

It distributes beams of light to create wireless networks via an optical distribution unit mounted on the ceiling and eight smart outlets which can be placed up to 18 feet away.

Wireless Network Connects People To The Internet Using Laser Beams

The laser beams are directed through the air to deliver the data to receivers, which connect directly to Ethernet ports or a wi-fi router. The point to point Line of Sight (LOS) optical network eliminates much of the cabling used in standard wireless connections.

Ars Technica reports that Beamcaster will be available in a few months, starting at $7,000 for the main unit and eight smart outlets, providing 1Gbps of bandwidth. A unit providing 100Gbps will be released later for around $12,000. Check out the video below to learn more about this technology:


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