Re: Site wide internet?
From: Will Carter (
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:08:21 -0800 (PST)
Hi Sharon,

Thanks for the response. We are looking at a business service as well. I
like the idea of 2 different companies for coverage if one goes down.

What companie(s) sell the service to you in DC? Do they know you are
splitting the signal to households? We have 33 units here at Hearthstone in
Denver. Does that compare with the number of units you have at Takoma

Will Carter

On Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 2:16 PM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]>

> > On Jan 23, 2017, at 5:30 PM, Will Carter <will.carter [at]>
> wrote:
> >
> > There is a long standing committee here to implement some sort of shared
> > community internet I wondered if anyone might have suggestions. I have
> just
> > joined the committee here and am researching possibilities.
> >
> > The idea here is to have a large capacity connection to our common house,
> > then feed each unit from there.
> We have two business level modems in the CH that serve the whole
> community. Business service gets us faster service when it goes down. We do
> have all the units wired with internet cables (forget what Cat5?) and an
> intranet. A few years ago we got service from two companies — one modem
> from each — so when one service goes down everything rolls over to the
> other. The speed is just reduced.
> But increasingly people want wireless. We now have about 4 wireless
> “things” throughout the community so everyone can reach them. And those of
> us who have our own allow others to use them. We have a standard password
> that most of them use.
> We just had a new reserve study done and they said don’t do wires to units
> again if they fail or begin to fail. Everything is going to wireless.
> Though there were some rough years until we got all the routers and IP
> addresses worked out, it works very well with 70+ people using it. That
> includes video streaming, teens playing games, and adults working at home.
> If the speed were to slow down we would get a third modem. We have faster
> speeds that we could afford individually and it is much cheaper than if we
> all had our own service.
> I don’t have all the figures in my head but it’s about half as expensive
> with better service and faster speeds for everyone. I once had a package of
> cable and internet from RCN. Cable was cheaper if you also had internet. I
> never used their modem because our building was much better.
> I would advise all communities to go in this direction, though I don’t
> know how well it would work with the distances in lot development models.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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