Wanna bring Wi-Fi to your entire neighborhood? Meraki's $99 outdoor repeater lets you share your Internet access up to 700 feet (when paired with Meraki's $49 Mini router). The repeater can be installed on a wall outside your window or on a pole and because it's solar-powered, it doesn't need to be connected to an outlet. After setting up the repeater, you have the option of charging users (they pay Meraki and Meraki pays you) or granting them free Net access (we'll vouch for the latter). The outdoor repeater will debut later this summer.
This seems really neat, but I'm a little skeptical of the power solution.
Their site shows the power requirements for a similar AP to be 2.5W.
A rechargable battery that I would judge to be similar in size will run for 8 hours at that load. "[www.apc.com]"
A panel that I would judge to be similar in size puts out 2.9W.
So would there be enough juice in a panel to both run the AP during daylight, and charge the battery up enough to run it for the dark hours? Based on my wildly inaccurate and baseless speuclation, it doesn't seem like it. Would be really neat if it did though.