Cosmin Nicolaescu on 25 Aug 2005 01:58:09 -0000

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On Wed, August 24, 2005 11:11 am, Jeff Abrahamson wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 24, 2005 at 02:59:33AM -0400, William H. Magill wrote:
> In the realm of fantasy, what obstacles would stop a parallel
> "geek-net" from forming?  That is, in many cities we live close enough
> to our neighbors that an 802.11 peering network can form, each access
> point running inter-router protocols.  Of course, here and there these
> things would have to peer to the standard internet, but it's cheaper
> to band together to pay for a T1 or better here and there than to have
> everyone have to pay a lot for descent service.
> Of course, only the geeks and nerds would care, so it may simply not
> be affordable.

It would be a really cool idea, but you'd have to run some tests to see
the stats of signal strength. Since we're in a big city, the signal gets
distorted. IRT has _lots_ of APs on campus, and the signal still sometimes
suck. For example, I have no wirless signal in North Hall. University
Crossing varies from door to door, and there are several APs in UCross. If
we were to extend this to more areas of Philly it might cost more than
it's worth.

Also, when I called Verizon to ask about FIOS, they said Philly is a
special case because they want to have a city wireless network, and
they're not allowing the use of fiber on their poles right now. IIRC,
Drexel had to get lots of papers to get DragonFly up and running.

But if the wheels do get in motion, i'm in! :)

- -Cos

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