Team PAD yesterday broke their own Wi-Fi distance world record at the Defcon Wi-Fi Shootout. They were able to signal their signal to a distance of 125 miles from outside Las Vegas, Nevada to a location near St. George, Utah!
Frank is the founder of wlanparts.com that provided the Wi-Fi gear to Team PAD. He tells me they used the VCom 325hp+ PCMCIA cards running at a built-in power of 300 mw on each end of the link. The cards were connected to one 12 foot and one 10 foot diameter satellite dish (see photo) on each side of the link. The computers they used were running Linux. And their link quality was so fantastic that they got 12 ms ping times, ran ssh shell commands, and even used vnc remote desktop.
The team also plans to break their old 1.08 miles Bluetooth record by using the same gear. More details and pictures over at WiFi-Toys