Untethered Wireless Mesh

This is a straight out C&P from the ‘Free Wireless Auckland‘ blog. I’m happy for comments as to the morality (for want of a better term) of replicating blog postings between different blog sites, but I want to retain this link and figure this is a good place from which to do that.
Thanks to Simon who linked this clip in his friendfeed. It’s part 4 of a 5 part series of the closing keynote of Webdirections South 2007 so, while it’s not new news – it’s a good clip worth the watch.
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Thanks to Simon who linked this clip in his friendfeed. It’s part 4 of a 5 part series of the closing keynote of Webdirections South 2007 so, while it’s not new news – it’s a good clip worth the watch.
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Archived : FreeAucklandWireless > Article in the Capital Times

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Cheers to Neil who pointed me toward this article in the Wellington Publication ‘Capital Times’.

It’s great to see these initiatives getting some air time (if you’ll excuse the pun) and the co-ordinator of the group Mike Pearson interviews very well on the subject, the passion is obvious and I would hope that, on reading the article, more Wellingtonians get behind TheFreeNet and get themselves involved.

A well balanced article which extols the virtues of ubiquitous connectivity, and also covers the realities that there are some abusers out there who will take advantage of others generosity (aren’t there Mr “I’ve leeched close on a Gb of data from your access point in a month” who got himself blocked from my node last night). The closing quote in the article summerises this viewpoint perfectly for me.

“It’s like the postal service – people use it for good and bad. We believe there are more good people in New Zealand than bad.”

What say you? – Are you ready to share your unused bandwidth with the community? Are you prepared/able to monitor usage and administer leechers?

Will (Community) WiFi Work?

Over on the Free Auckland Wireless Blog, I pose the question that, if this community WiFi project takes off, can we then expect some corporate assistance by some of the ISPs and Telecommunication companies?

Will the community be given the chance to grow, or will it be shut down by service providers leaning on their customers who choose to take part? – Thoughts??

Freeing the Web

Well today I created a Facebook Group called Free Auckland Wireless – the idea being to try and drive a community of like minded people who might like to share a little of their bandwidth for the greater good.

Of course, the group has it’s own blog which you can find here and was inspired in part by the discussions at this years FooCamp held in Warkworth, NZ

Archived : FreeAucklandWireless > Hat tip to the Free Sydney Wireless group

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The Sydney Morning herald has this report on the group behind the Free Sydney Wireless group on Facebook which briefly covers their origins and calls out to the community to let the writer know of similar inititives both in Australia and elsewhere. It’s not new news, but nonetheless, repetition of past stories serves it’s purpose to reinforce the desire to have such services available.

The opening quote probably parallels feelings the world over:

With Telstra and Optus looking like they were never going to get their act together, someone else was always going to.

The reason perhaps is that these publicly listed companies are required to return a profit to their shareholders, they are not charitable trusts. Because of this I would imagine that any official and large scale support for a service with little to no chance of returning any revenue would obviously be a long time in coming so, it really is incumbent on the community to ‘give a little for the greater good’ and perhaps then we may see the big companies lending a little support.

Hope for this corporate support is not such a long bow to draw as, something along these lines has happened in Franklin Road, Ponsonby in Auckland every Christmas for quite a few years. As I understand it, the residents of Franklin Road started decorating their houses with Christmas lights, it became something of a neighbourhood competition and, after awhile the local electricity supplier came to the party to help fund the power that these magnificent displays used. Franklin Road has now become a staple in our Christmas diet with us loading the kids into the car and doing a drive by for the last 4 years to see the displays.

Do you think something similar may happen to the WiFi project(s)?


One Comment

  1. Hi there,

    I came across some info about Meraki and Free The Net initiatives in NZ only a few days ago at the below blog post:

    http://www.geekzone.co.nz/freitasm/4517

    And now there’s this blog, Free Wireless in Auckland. It’s great to see these community-driven Free The Net movements taking off all over the world – I co-coordinate the one in Australia’s capital Canberra … it’s only been operational about 3 months now along with Free Sydney Wireless – but the acceleration in interest has been awesome. Even if for some reason large corporations saw some value in enabling and supporting free wireless networks (clearly Google does) I think that the community has to be at the front for this to work. Corporations don’t do “free”; but your neighbour inviting you to use their internet? That sounds more like it.

    As I wrote in a post on FreeCanberraWireless.net a few days ago I see some parallels between the free open wifi movement and the open source software movement of a few decades ago – and I believe that if OSS was successful then this will also be successful, for similar reasons.

    Are you planning on registering a reseller/distributor in NZ? We’re thinking about it – but for now we’re just doing bulk orders to save on the rather hefty shipping fees – in fact I’ll be placing an order this evening to the value of $900 AUD … half yesterday’s fortnight pay gone, but I should be able to onsell most of these units (with no profit or markup) within 2 weeks.

    Drop by our blog and send us a note if you want to chat any more about this.

    Cheers,

    Nathanael Boehm
    Free Canberra Wireless (Australia)

Archived : FreeAucklandWireless > Welcome the Free Auckland Wireless Blog

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About 2 years ago we came across the Meraki equipment as part of some research we were doing and were excited by the possibilities it presented.

Since that time, Meraki has become more ‘mainstream’ and there are a number of groups looking at the technology for similar projects. It was a topic of discussion at the 2008 FooCamp in Warkworth, NZ. There is also a Wellington based group called TheFreeNet

I want to be clear that I don’t want to splinter support for open access wireless in New Zealand, so this group is intended as a starting point for discussion – let’s see where we can take it.

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About 2 years ago we came across the Meraki equipment as part of some research we were doing and were excited by the possibilities it presented.

Since that time, Meraki has become more ‘mainstream’ and there are a number of groups looking at the technology for similar projects. It was a topic of discussion at the 2008 FooCamp in Warkworth, NZ. There is also a Wellington based group called TheFreeNet

I want to be clear that I don’t want to splinter support for open access wireless in New Zealand, so this group is intended as a starting point for discussion – let’s see where we can take it.

Join us on Facebook

Taking it to the street(s) – I’m providing an open WiFi node…

Continuing on in the vein of community content, I’ve just started running an open wireless access point, segregated from my network and throttled to protect my cap from leechers, but open none the less.

People joining the network are greeted by a splash page prior to continuing on to their content

This is an experiment in offering open wireless access to the community in which I live.
I have throttled the speed of this network to protect my usage cap, but it should be fine for commuters pulling down emails etc. (Don’t read and drive 😉 ). This network is UNSECURED so it is up to YOU to protect YOUR machine, and make appropriate choices about what data you transmit across this link.
If you are interested in seeing how this project is going, please check out the following:

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Please do not abuse this network or I will be forced to block your PC and/or pull the access from everyone.

I’m hoping that no one does screw with the network as it’d be nice to think that people will appreciate the access for what it is, freely given as a service to SHARE with others.