Looking for suggestions on how to get strong wifi from race car to pits!
Hi Icrontic! I'm back again with my yearly hello and noob tech questions. You guys are always super helpful with this sort of stuff whenever I need it so I figured this would be the place to come. I hope everyone is doing well, as always I still see there are a lot of familiar faces posting regularly.
So I've been racing a car in a series called ChumpCar and one of the constant problems we (and just about all other teams) have is reliable communication between the car and pit crew.
We started shooting ideas around and what has us really excited right now is the idea of having a digital means of communication over wifi, maybe using teamspeak or something of the sort.
Cellular is not an option unfortunately because a lot of race tracks in north america are in the middle of nowhere and have spotty coverage.
Another reason the idea of wifi gets us excited is that we would be able to stream video from cameras (and other vehicle data) to the pitts which can prove valuable in an endurance race (some of our races are up to 30 hours long)
I suspect that there might be some legal issues with pumping out a huge WiFi signal, and also some line of sight issues since at most tracks you don't have line of sight visibility of the vehicle. That said, I'm not sure how big those issues are and hopefully that is where you all come in I was thinking there must be some neat signal amps I can order out of china or something that may or may not be legal to use in north america that would most likely not bother anyone when you're miles away from the nearest town at a race track. I don't even know where to start, though! We have quite a bit of technology available to us as far as laptops, cell phones, tablets, gopros, etc..
If anyone has any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Icrontic!