[CUWiN] Community Hotspots:
sascha at ucimc.org
Thu Oct 21 14:42:30 CDT 2004
Here's a really interesting article about neighborhood hotspots - a
project that NYCWireless is helping with.
>From the article:
The group is encouraging people to set up their own hot spots and
electronic bulletin boards to let communities of otherwise anonymous
urbanites find one another... Instructions, open-source firewall software
called M0n0wall and other files are at www.nycwireless.net/hotspot...
Mr. Kelley currently runs his Neighbornode hot spot on a Soekris 4511, a
small single-chip computer without a hard drive that sells for about
$200... Another fear is that precious bandwidth will be soaked up by
thirsty neighbors, and monthly access charges will skyrocket. Monowall
permits the person who sets up the hot spot to allocate bandwidth and
maintain a healthy personal reserve. If these do-it-yourself nodes catch
on, a new form of urban communication may emerge, taking advantage of the
coincidence that a Wi-Fi hot spot and a city block are roughly the same
size. "Different nodes as they get set up can talk to each other," Mr.
Geraci said. "They can forward information from one to the next. You get
this grapevine of information at the street level."
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