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Wi-Fi stands for Wireless-Fireless, because unlike old wireless radio transmitters, Wi-Fi does not rely on an open flame for power

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They used to build wireless signal fires on wet hay bales to improve the signal. I had to bring one into the house and set it up in the fireplace when I got home from school so I could do homework. If I ever see another hay bale wireless signal booster again, it'll be too soon

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@yaaps @grainloom Did you know that back in the early days of telephony, farmers would connect to each other through their barbed-wire fences? Why pay the phone company when all this wire's already there!

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@ifixcoinops @yaaps @grainloom this created party lines, and allowed for local communication, but did not bridge over into the regular Telecom network. The phones had to have their own have cranked generators to produce the DC current needed. The system failed when it rained, due to the water grounding out the fence.

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@WanderingBeekeeper @yaaps @grainloom A good insulator, at least until prohibition, was a beer bottle! Farmers would neck the bottle, whittle a peg to fit the broken neck, drill holes in the body to pass the wire through, and nail the bottle (suspended on the whittled peg) to the fencepost.

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@WanderingBeekeeper @yaaps @grainloom Some folks would run switchboards out of their kitchens, but usually there was just a party line and an arrangement of three-long-rings-means-it's-for-you, two-short-rings-for-me etc.

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