We have the internets?

Council is looking at blanketing downtown with WiFi. I’d go with a mesh network—it’s cheaper, and my tests downtown show that it’ll work just fine.  #

6 Responses to “We have the internets?”


  • How do they stop people from doing things like downloading bittorrents and the like.

  • why should they? I don’t see any of the coffee shops here blocking particular kinds of traffic.

  • There are a couple of ways to do it, if you’re gonna. The first, and probably best, is throttling the bandwidth available to any single client to some reasonable fraction of the total bandwidth. So if the whole of downtown is on a 1.5Mbps connection, perhaps any single client can use no more than a sustained rate of maybe 10% of that, or 152kbps (19Kbps). Bandwidth throttling can be quite a bit more complex than that, but you get the idea. The second way is through port filtering. Simply block any outgoing traffic on ports for purposes other than mail (POP/IMAP/SMTP), web (HTTP/HTTPS) or IM (XMPP/AIM). But I’m not sure that’s necessary if bandwidth is being throttled—as Chad points out, there’s probably no need.

    Internet telephony and Halo are both great, but neither high-bandwidth technologies are a great use of a new public commons that’s on probation. :)

  • Who’s paying the internet provider and how much?

  • I wonder how long it will be before all new laptops sold will have some sort of wireless adaptor that uses a cell phone signal as a wireless internet source.

  • wonder how long it will be before all new laptops sold will have some sort of wireless adaptor that uses a cell phone signal as a wireless internet source.

    It’s already being done. The catch is that mobile phone signals offer some mighty weak signals compared to WiFi.

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