[Commotion-discuss] BeWifi lets you steal your neighbor’s bandwidth when they’re not using it

L. Aaron Kaplan aaron at lo-res.org
Sun Jan 26 19:07:53 UTC 2014

On Jan 26, 2014, at 4:07 PM, Dan Staples <danstaples at opentechinstitute.org> wrote:

> http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/01/bewifi-lets-you-steal-your-neighbors-bandwidth-when-theyre-not-using-it/
> When I read it, I was thinking, "hey that sounds kind of like...oh. Ok,
> it's mesh."
> Proprietary issues aside, it's interesting. Of course, sharing internet
> bandwidth is nothing new with mesh networks; any OLSRd-based network
> like Commotion provides internet bandwidth sharing from multiple gateways.
> What I'm still curious about is *how* BeWifi pools or distributes that
> bandwidth. Unless there is some sort of network coding/multipath TCP
> functionality (which would require similar capabilities at the
> destination), it is presumably just doing optimized gateway selection to
> route a user's traffic to the internet. OLSRd's Smart Gateway plugin
> does this, sort of, but without bandwidth measurements AFAIK. Although I
> hear OLSRd v2 can do this even better.
> Also interesting that it's being piloted in Catalonia...I wonder how
> Guifi.net feels about it ;)

Dan, they (== Telefonica) seem to be 10 years behind us ;-)


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