John Markoff of the

John Markoff of the New York Times writes about Vivato, a smart antenna startup that claims it can extend WiFi to distances of 2,000 feat indoors and four miles outdoors. The exciting aspects of the technology are that it works with the established WiFi standard, and with a point-to-multipoint configuration serving several hundred users. If Vivato’s antennas work as promised (always a big qualifier), they could greatly expand the utility of WiFi as a broadband access technology.