On that other list I mentioned there have been a few follow-up
" Call it "the free-network movement" -- a
bubbled-up-from-the-underground effort to spread high-bandwidth
wireless connectivity everywhere. In their attempt to create a
user-generated alternative to a top-down industry -- in this case,
telecom -- initiatives like Seattle Wireless and Guerrilla.net look a
lot like the original Napster, the Web itself or the world of free
software. The free-software movement, in fact, is a working model for
many wireless Ethernet pioneers. Many people involved -- including
über-geek Brewster Kahle, founder of SFLan -- view it as free
software's newfound twin: open-source development of operational
antennas rather than operating systems."
A database of publicly available 802.11b access points called the
Globally Accessible Wireless Database?
Many airports are installing wireless in the terminals:
>Seattle Wireless is a not-for-profit project to develop a community
>network in Seattle and end recurrent telco fees. We are using
>widely-available, license-free technology to create a free,
>wireless backbone. This is a MetropolitanAreaNetwork (not just a
>LAN" in your home or business) and a community-owned, distributed
>(not yet another service provider to whom you owe a monthly bill).
>Would this work? If so, seems like the kind of thing that could be
But it would just die at 11 Mbps. We simply send too much traffic out
there, and this would not be segmented or switched. The design of
large networks (and/or WANs) is something that really requires
expertise. Simply linking networks like this is just too simple an
(Base stations are made to run on one of those "channel frequencies"
at a time. When you set up a roaming situation, base stations should
be set to different channels, usually at least 4 channels apart from
any base station they are in range of.
These channels overlap, so you need to get 4 up or down to avoid
that situation, else you get into a situation with massive numbers of
Clients (laptops, workstations), on the other hand, find an available
network, scanning through the frequencies.
I doubt that our cheap base stations could handle running on more
than one frequency at time, be it for software or hardware reasons.)
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