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Austrian Programmers Build Free Bridge to Internet

A group of computer programmers and hackers in Austria is creating a low-cost way of spreading Internet access across communities. "FunkFeuer" which means "network fire" in German, uses everyday technology to create a wireless network, called a "mesh," that can transmit data from person to person, without involving companies or governments. Rick Valenzuela reports from Vienna.


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LibreMap – global

LibreMap – global | Wireless Community Networks | Scoop.it

= LibreMap is a scalable, global and decentralized router database and map visualization for community networks, such as guifi, Altermundi, FunkFeuer, ninux, freifunk, Commotion…

 


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How to Keep the NSA Out of Your Computer

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JOSEPH BONICIOLI mostly uses the same internet you and I do. He pays a service provider a monthly fee to get him online. But to talk to his friends and neighbors in Athens, Greece, he's also got something much weirder and more interesting: a private, parallel internet.

 

He and his fellow Athenians built it. They did so by linking up a set of rooftop wifi antennas to create a "mesh," a sort of bucket brigade that can pass along data and signals. It's actually faster than the Net we pay for: Data travels through the mesh at no less than 14 megabits a second, and up to 150 Mbs a second, about 30 times faster than the commercial pipeline I get at home. Bonicioli and the others can send messages, video chat, and trade huge files without ever appearing on the regular internet. And it's a pretty big group of people: Their Athens Wireless Metropolitan Network has more than 1,000 members, from Athens proper to nearby islands. Anyone can join for free by installing some equipment. "It's like a whole other web," Bonicioli told me recently. "It's our network, but it's also a playground."

 

Indeed, the mesh has become a major social hub. There are blogs, discussion forums, a Craigslist knockoff; they've held movie nights where one member streams a flick and hundreds tune in to watch. There's so much local culture that they even programmed their own mini-Google to help meshers find stuff. "It changes attitudes," Bonicioli says. "People start sharing a lot. They start getting to know someone next door—they find the same interests; they find someone to go out and talk with." People have fallen in love after meeting on the mesh.

 

The Athenians aren't alone. Scores of communities worldwide have been building these roll-your-own networks—often because a mesh can also be used as a cheap way to access the regular internet. But along the way people are discovering an intriguing upside: Their new digital spaces are autonomous and relatively safe from outside meddling. In an era when governments and corporations are increasingly tracking our online movements, the user-controlled networks are emerging as an almost subversive concept. "When you run your own network," Bonicioli explains, "nobody can shut it down."

 

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What to expect from mobile networks in 2014: The 4G car, LTE Broadcast and small cells

What to expect from mobile networks in 2014: The 4G car, LTE Broadcast and small cells | Wireless Community Networks | Scoop.it
In 2014, carriers will tinker with some new network technologies. They’ll start broadcasting video, shrinking the size of their cells and moving voice calls onto LTE. They’ll even start connecting cars to the 4G network.

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Eric Ponchel's curator insight, December 30, 2013 11:54 AM

With the new year coming soon, this is a time for tech predictions. Some say that 2014 will be the year of LTE advanced,  while carriers disclose their LTE roadmap. In this article, the focus is more on how the industry attempts to create new consumer experiences such as wireless TV or in-car connectivity in parallel with network densification and voice over LTE. deployments.

CheapWireless's curator insight, January 28, 2014 1:53 PM

Some interesting developments to look for in 2014 from wireless carriers.  This article doesn't mention it but my bet is much wider integration of WiFi into wireless service plans.

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Geo Networks and B4RN bring world class ... - Bristol Wireless

Geo Networks and B4RN bring world class ... - Bristol Wireless | Wireless Community Networks | Scoop.it
Today Geo Networks Ltd (“Geo”), a leading fibre network provider, announced a ground-breaking project with Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN, pronounced barn), a not-for-profit, community-led organisation.
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Agenda for Linux Wireless (802.11/Bluetooth/NFC) Mini-Summit ...

Time Topic Speaker ---- ----- ------- 1000 wireless community networks Nick Kossifidis 1100 Break 1130 "a short overview what we do in ConnMan" Wagner / Flykt 1230 Lunch 1400 oFono / mobile wireless Denis Kenzior 1500 Break ...
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Building Wireless Community Networks - Biggest Collections of E ...

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Building Wireless Community Networks. Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook ... Wireless J2ME Platform Programming · Method of inducing content uploads in a social net... E-FILING OF PATENT APPLICATIONS IN INDIA ...
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Protocols For High Efficiency Wireless Networks Download PDF ...

The world's leading online source of ebooks and audio books, with a vast range from academic, popular and professi A light or nimble tread Protocols For High Efficiency Wireless Networks Download eBooks.
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Brute force tools crack WiFi security in hours, millions of wireless routers vulnerable

Brute force tools crack WiFi security in hours, millions of wireless routers vulnerable | Wireless Community Networks | Scoop.it
Millions of wireless routers around the world, about 95%, are vulnerable to brute force attacks which can crack WPA/WPA2 and other WiFi router security protocols.
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Why Wireless Health Matters | The Doctor Weighs In

Why Wireless Health Matters. March 27, 2012. Print Friendly. By Robert B. McCray on Thursday – March 8th, 2012. Healthcare “systems” are broken in the developing world and non-existent for billions of the planet's residents.
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Austrian Programmers Build Free Bridge to Internet

A group of computer programmers and hackers in Austria is creating a low-cost way of spreading Internet access across communities. "FunkFeuer" which means "network fire" in German, uses everyday technology to create a wireless network, called a "mesh," that can transmit data from person to person, without involving companies or governments. Rick Valenzuela reports from Vienna.


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Athens School Board approves $449000 technology project - News Courier

Athens School Board approves $449000 technology projectNews CourierThe Athens Board of Education approved a technology project totaling $449,000 Thursday that includes LAN upgrades and wireless equipment installations at Athens High School, Athens...

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Home Wireless Network Keeps the Snoops Away

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Like most people, Kim Thomas has a broadband connection at home that she uses to check email, surf the Internet and stream music and video.

 

But unlike most people, Ms. Thomas, 56, a program director for a charitable foundation in Portland, Ore., has no monthly bill. All she did was buy a router and rooftop antenna , which not only granted her free access but also made her part owner of the infrastructure that delivers the signal. Total cost: about $150.

 

Ms. Thomas is a participant in the Personal Telco Project, one of a growing number of community wireless mesh networks in the United States and abroad. These alternative networks, built and maintained by their users, are emerging at a time when Internet service providers are limited in number (some argue monopolistic) and are accused of cooperating with government snoops.

 

“I watch friends who have cable and their bills just keep going up and they have no control but feel they are dependent on it,” said Ms. Thomas, whose husband and two college-age sons also use her home’s wireless mesh connection. “I feel like there are so many areas of your life that you have no control over and this is a nice piece in which you can.”

 

A wireless mesh network is essentially a network of a bunch of interconnected wireless routers, or nodes, which propagate traffic between users and also broadcast broadband service from nodes that are wired to the Internet. Think of it as a system of linked coffee shop hot spots where patrons at all the various coffee shops can send and receive data directly between each other’s devices, as well as surf the Web. Only you don’t have to go to a coffee shop and listen to annoying soft jazz to participate.

 

“Our approach is to build our own autonomous system and actually allow people to participate in the Internet rather than participating by proxy through Time Warner, Google Fiber or any other retail I.S.P.,” said Isaac Wilder, executive director of the Free Network Foundation, which within the last year has managed to construct a wireless mesh network that serves about 500 people in Kansas City, Kan.

 

Perhaps the largest and oldest wireless mesh network is the Athens Wireless Metropolitan Network, or A.W.M.N., in Greece, which was started in 2002 by people frustrated by the slow rollout of broadband in the city. The network now has more than 2,500 users throughout the metropolitan area and neighboring islands and offers speeds in some areas in excess of 100 megabits per second compared with the 4 to 7 megabits per second from typical residential cable and DSL connections in the United States

 

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Carrier Aggregation and the Road to Cognitive Radio and Superwide Spectrum

Carrier Aggregation and the Road to Cognitive Radio and Superwide Spectrum | Wireless Community Networks | Scoop.it
Often, the least hyped technologies are the most effective, get the widest adoption, and have the greatest impact. Carrier aggregation is one such technology that I don't think it received its fair...

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Eric Ponchel's curator insight, January 14, 2014 5:30 PM

Nice description of the advantages of the spectrum aggregation to gain capacity thanks to the smart design of the LTE standard. Nevetheless, this is also creating significant challenges for device makers to design an affordable radio (performance, current drain and costs, ...) for up to 5 aggregated carriers. 

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Privacy and Security Fanatic: Stealthy Wi-Fi Spy ... - Network World

Privacy and Security Fanatic: Stealthy Wi-Fi Spy ... - Network World | Wireless Community Networks | Scoop.it
We use Wi-Fi so much that we often take it for granted, but if you are using Wi-Fi right now then that signal that gives you your online fix can also be used for surveillance to see through walls.
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5 Causes toward Choose Wi-fi Networking | EzinePR

One cause in favor of broadband today is that, you can have an all the time on connection toward the internet. And wi-fi networks complement this fact. Wireless community equipment runs at speeds far better than broadband ...
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NY Officials Propose National Wireless Emergency Network

NY Officials Propose National Wireless Emergency Network | Wireless Community Networks | Scoop.it
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are pushing for a nationwide police radio network to link first responders.
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Rural and wireless. Problem solved? - Minnesota Public Radio

Rural and wireless. Problem solved? - Minnesota Public Radio | Wireless Community Networks | Scoop.it
Rural and wireless. Problem solved?Minnesota Public RadioVerizon earlier this month announced its HomeFusion product, offering rural wireless Internet access faster than many urban residents have today and riding on the company's expanding 4G...
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Wireless Network |IGNOU CLOUD Community of World's Largest University

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Security World: What you need to know about 802.11ac

Security World: What you need to know about 802.11ac | Wireless Community Networks | Scoop.it
Four easy-to-use wireless management and security tools that cost under $2. JOIN THE NETWORK WORLD COMMUNITIES As network pros you understand that the value of connections increase as the number of ...
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