HOUSTON If you drove by Leticia Aguirre s home in southeast Houston, you would never know she s hosting one of Houston s newest super Wi-Fi hot spots.
The hot spot was created when Rice University studentsset up a new antenna outside her home on Quince Street. The antennauses TV bands to deliver an Internet signal.
The studentsare currently trying to figure out how to deliver Internet to under-served areas that are hard to reach.
Tall trees that surround Aguirre s Pecan Park neighborhood have blocked established Wi-Fi signals in the past, and many of her neighbors can t afford traditional Internet connections.
Because of those factors, graduate student Ryan Guerra said Aguirre s home was perfect for the experiment.
Rice offered Aguirre a free iPad and Wi-Fi service to help them test and develop the technology.
I got so excited and I was happy jumping up and down because I knew that it was going to help me a lot, Aguirre said.
Aguirre, 48, is currently out of work, but she said the service has already helped her get an interview.
What s more, the powerful router at Aguirre s house sends out a signal for 100 feet, so several neighbors can use it for free.
Rice is planning to establish eight more similar sites in the city.