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lookin4 wrote

Tl;Dr: Make long range wifi receivers, connect them to wifi, and then use software to make it into one fast internet line.

After reading your text I remain curious, but skeptic. Is it really that simple? Do the original operators of the WiFi get notice of this unintentionally share of bandwidth - or does the satellite act like a usual client? When they are reading the logs I am pretty sure they will recognize the increasing size of transferred data, which may result in narrowing down the range or discontinue the service.

Let me know what you think, thanks.

Basically a good idea, but not literally radical, because someone needs to be a customer of a provider. It reproduces capitalism while the means of production remain in the hands of a few.

It is probably better (but not more easy by all means) to set-up mesh networks. Have you ever heard of Freifunk?


Triconick OP wrote

To your first question: From what I can see from build guides on the internet, It is very simple, and there are different ways of doing it. (One way is to use a usb wifi adapter, the other way is to "replace" one of the wifi antennas on a linksys wifi router. [ the antennas unscrew on linksys router and you can use a coax cable ] ) Also where i live (East coast USA [Small Town America kinda] If some one has a open wifi network, they are really not that tech savy, and they never check use or bandwidth or would know how.

I have not herd of a mesh network, but i will do some googleing, and no i have not heard of Freifunk, whats that?


lookin4 wrote

I am sorry, I think I can not offer a proper description or explain the ideas and goals in detail. Mainly because I am a non-native speaker of the english language, so it will surely lack of easy language and I have no profound knowledge about mesh-networking.

Freifunk is a grassroots-movement whose goals are to de-centralise and de-commercialize the connections to the internet and to promote connections among the participants to empower communications, file transfers and information without being dependent on the internet (and therefor commercial providers and their policies on which hardware you must use, for what purpose do you use the service, at what cost, how much privacy is granted, ...). With mesh-networking everybody connects with everyone, so there is no hierarchy and almighty authority who is in control and could act oppressor.

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