Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


Guerrilla WiFi

Filed under: Fun Work,News and Current Events — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning or 6:12 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Gibbous

Probably not what you think…

I love wifi. Since spending so much time in the hospital with a laptop and relying on the free wifi that MD Anderson has for their patients, I’ve come to truly love that ubiquitous, wireless connection. Only it’s not really all that ubiquitous, unless you want to pay. Often, quite a bit. Some folks are working to change that.
According to this article on ScientificAmerican.com, there’s a little company called Meraki Networks that’s trying to change the way people get access to wireless networks. At least, they’re trying to change part of it. They offer dirt cheap wireless routers that network together to share whatever Internet resources they have, collectively, with whoever connects. It’s not quite free and it’s not quite ubiquitous, but, it is a start.

Anyway, it’s worth clicking the link and reading the article.

1 Comment

  1. I, too, became quickly attached to wireless connections when I got my laptop. At first I was connecting through a neighbor’s signal, but when that disappeared, I was lost. I am now paying qwest $35 a month for my addiction. When I am in the poor house, will I be able to say, “but oh, that lightening fast download, the ability to watch episodes of my favorite tv shows, the ability to stay connected to the world so well than I know the news before it comes on at 6:00 was well worth it!” But, I’d bet that my neighbors would think it well worth sharing one bill! I could get that $35 down to the $10 I was paying for dial up. hmmm

    Comment by Cheri — 8/22/2007 @ 7:22 pm

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