|Re: Community wide Wifi||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: R.P. Aditya (adityagrot.org)|
|Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:02:25 -0800 (PST)|
On Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 06:57:51PM -0700, Willow Murphy wrote: > How have other communities dealt with Wifi? Our concern regards > considerations of whether it is safe/healthy or not to place community wide > hotspots in our community. We have a community wide wired ethernet network that radiates out from the common house. Using that as the "backbone" we provide wireless nodes inside and outside the CH and within many of the individual units based on resident requests: http://www.gocoho.org/campus/go-net and have had it up and running for about 10 years now. We tried using low-end "consumer grade" wireless devices early on, but keeping them all working, monitoring them to find and fix problems on our shared commercial Internet connection became increasingly difficult. As more folks opted for their own wireless devices in their homes, the interference between uncoordinated devices increased and so it was a true tragedy of the wireless spectrum commons... We then switched to using units from meraki (now owned by Cisco) which are "cloud-managed" and that worked great until meraki increased the prices...so we have now switched to: http://www.open-mesh.com/ and that is working well, though having 5Ghz radios would be better...if we choose to upgrade, we'd probably see if there was anything better than: http://www.ubnt.com/unifi which seems to be the current favorite... Hope that helps, Adi -- Adi Great Oak Cohousing Ann Arbor, MI, USA http://www.gocoho.org
- Community wide Wifi Willow Murphy, January 26 2014
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