|Re: Site wide internet?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Will Carter (will.carterfergusllc.com)|
|Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:56:18 -0800 (PST)|
Hi Bryan, Thanks for the details and the open mesh tip, I appreciate it. Sounds like you have a great set up and I like the redundancy again with 2 isps. I will be in touch again soon. Best, Will Hearthstone Denver Cohousing On Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 12:12 PM, Bryan Syverson < bryan.syverson [at] fresnocohousing.org> wrote: > > Hi, Will, > > Here at La Querencia Cohousing in Fresno, CA, we have site-wide internet, > both wired and wireless. Everything is paid for out of our HOA dues. (For > the first couple of years, we charged extra for the service, but it was a > pain for the Treasurer (me, at the time) to charge and collect this so we > bundled it into the dues.) > > Geeky details: We have 8 residential buildings (either duplex or six-plex) > that make up our 28 homes. The distance to the common house for the > furthest was too long for copper, so we have fiber-optic pulls between all > the buildings. In addition, this provides us the future possibility of > providing gigabit to the desktop without pulling new cables. > > In the common house we have a layer-3 Ethernet switch that feeds the 8 > building switches. We have two high-speed internet service providers > (Comcast cable @150Mbps & AT&T DSL @20Mbps). We are likely going to > upgrade the Comcast service to 250Mbps. When we first got the Comcast line > 8 years ago, Comcast balked at us "sharing" the line which was a violation > of their terms of service. However, they still provided service and > haven't mentioned it again. AT&T never asked. > > The two modems feed into a Mushroom Network Broadband Bonding Network > Appliance (BBNA) which feeds into the main switch. The BBNA is somewhat > convenient but not essential. It does load-balancing between the two ISPs > (and could do so for up to 2 more ISPs, if we had others available here, > which we don't). We set it up 8 years ago with two ISPs and the BBNA > because of fears of outages of one ISP or the other. That happened more > frequently back then; we might do away with AT&T as 2nd ISP and the BBNA in > the near future. > > We provide wired access available in each home and in the common house and > exercise building, although wired access is almost never used in the common > building (except by guests in the guest room). We have community-wide WiFi > with 14 Wireless Access Points (WAPs). These are made by Open Mesh, are > inexpensive, and work great (I got that tip from Cohousing-L, thank you!). > Highly recommended. > > Our buildings are extremely well insulated, which also makes each home a > tidy Faraday cage which diminishes signal strength inside each unit. So > most homes have their own WiFi router rather than relying solely on the > Community WIFi. > > Users love WiFi, but don't neglect the wired infrastructure necessary to > distribute it. Good luck. > > -Bryan > La Querencia Fresno Cohousing > > Hi, > > I am new to cohousing (less than a year) and just found/subscribed to this > list. I live at the Hearthstone in Denver, CO:http:// > hearthstonecohousing.com/ > > 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. > > Thanks in advance for any suggestions. > > Will Carter > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > >
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