Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Friends of mine at Vic Uni set up NZ Wired, a community organisation that aims to set up a distributed community-based broadband network using cheap equipment.

The idea is that anyone you can see from your house (i.e. line of sight) can potentially send bits your way.

While a great idea, in practice the cheap broadband available in Wellington (thanks, Telstra!) and the difficulties in setting up hardware have made it a bit hard to set up a network. For example, you can't just string network cables along fenceposts due to problems with AC phases and lightning strikes :)

This $99US solar-powered wifi repeater sounds like just the thing for community networks. Anyone in line of sight of Churton Park, Newlands or Paparangi?

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