[kwlug-disc] UBB Discussion, look at Cogeco

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Sat Feb 5 12:33:06 EST 2011


I still think fiddling with some WiFi stuff sounds like fun, even if its just a connection between some LUG members and doesn't ultimately lead to the internet. Think of it as a wireless BBS.

Anyone up for seeing how cheaply this can be done?  I might be interesting to see just how far we can reliably throw a WiFi signal with some homebrew antennas.  We can always use a VPN to join distant members. 

I have two 'spare' routers, both easily flashable with Tomato or DD-WRT. Anyone have experience building cantennas?


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-----Original Message-----
From: Bob Jonkman <bjonkman at sobac.com>
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Date: Sat, 05 Feb 2011 12:19:36 
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Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] UBB Discussion, look at Cogeco

Interestingly, P2PNet has an article on citizen mesh WiFi today:

http://www.p2pnet.net/story/48603

    “It is about a project in two Italian towns to construct a
    citizen-owned WiFi mesh network that will allow direct communication
    of all participants and will link into the internet at provider level.”

    The project “might profitably be replicated in many places across
    the planet”, he said.


Doesn't seem like a mature project yet. Providing a link to the host at 
127.0.0.1 gives me reason to doubt their technical chops.

--Bob.



On 11-02-01 03:20 PM, Bob Jonkman wrote:
> I remember waterloowireless.com from about 10 years ago, when Pringles 
> Cantennas were all the rage. One of the first attempts at mesh WiFi. 
> Slightly ahead of its time, I think. Their only remaining presence 
> seems to be this: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/wwrg/
>
> --Bob.
>
>
> On 11-02-01 12:13 PM, Andrew Sullivan Cant wrote:
>> KW-Mesh would be awesome. I have heard of this being done else where,
>> but I don't know the details.
>>
>> I did come across a co-op ISP in Ontario called Quadro
>> <http://www.quadro.net/>. I assume that they are a Bell DSL re-seller as
>> well.
>>
>> Andrew
>>
>>
>> On 01/02/11 12:04 PM, Adam Glauser wrote:
>>> On 2/1/2011 11:34 AM, L.D. Paniak wrote:
>>>> You wants to build a mesh network on the west side of Kitchener?
>>>
>>> Is there an ISP that will offer a service that is allowed to be shared
>>> in this way? Atria maybe?
>>>
>>> Let's assume that one of us had a fibre connection available, and that
>>> the service agreement allowed sharing. What does Atria change per GB 
>>> for
>>> usage? I wonder what sort of usage terms would be required for 
>>> equitable
>>> cost distribution in such a scheme.
>>>
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