|Re: Shared community internet service||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Diana Carroll (dianaecarrollgmail.com)|
|Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 04:38:11 -0700 (PDT)|
Hey Alan. Interesting question and I'm sorry I have little insight to share. We certainly had in the mind the possibility of community-wide internet service when we built our community. We even considered wiring for it, but we didn't. (We do have conduits in place that would make wiring all the homes to the CH somewhat less painful if we wanted to.) But when we looked into getting a T1 or T3 line for the community, it wasn't cost effective relative to the level of internet service it would provide compared to individual service so we have never done that. It makes so much sense, though, that I often think about it, so I'm interested in what people say. But I'm also interested in your experience sharing a DSL line amongst several households. Was that enough bandwidth? Do your households make light of heavy use of the internet? Like, do you watch Netflix movies, play internet games and the like? For quite some time, my family shared our cable internet service with the the two other homes in our building, and we still share with one other household, and it works, but I think that's because the other households were not heavy internet users. In our house, we are; I have three kids who watch movies and play games, and my husband and I both work in ways that are sometimes quite internet-heavy. Also, we have the top available cable speed (which is 30M here in our rural area), which is much greater than DSL. When you say "they don't like our sharing scheme" I think by "they" you meant the internet service provider, not your members, right? Our cable provider has never said "boo" about it. I don't know how they'd even know. When we had everyone on the same line, we had a single cable modem, which feeds to a router which split to two different households, on which ran collectively five (yes!) wireless/wired subnetworks. But from the ISPs perspective, it was just the one modem, and as far as I know they don't put a limitation on how many devices can attach. (Which is good. Our household alone has 6 computers and innumerable devices like tablets, printers, iphones, media devices and so on.) I don't think we're doing anything against the rules, and they've never given us grief. We have a cable modem in our common house too, which is on a business plan, which is necessary so that we can have a static IP address, which we need because we run our website locally. (Is this getting too technical? Sorry if so.) From there we have several wifi access points that can be used anywhere in the common house, or from anywhere outside within about 100 feet of the CH, but the signal isn't strong enough to reach into people's homes, so AFAIK everyone has their own service, though there may be other households like ours sharing within a building. Diana On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 11:07 AM, Alan Goldblatt <alanbgoldblatt [at] gmail.com>wrote: > > Hello all, > > This is somewhat related to last month's community wide wifi discussion; we > here at Cobb Hill have been sharing our wired internet service for the past > 10 years. We have two houses that subscribe to DSL and then we pipe it > around to all the other buildings. Anyone who wants can plug in a wireless > router in their house to have wireless. This has worked fairly well, and > our provider is now installing fiber for much improved speeds. Which we > were initially excited about... > > Unfortunately, they don't like our sharing scheme, and really want each > house to purchase its own service (of course). I'm curious what others > have done about this. Do you subscribe to a "business" plan that allows > shared usage? Make everyone purchase their own service? Other scenarios? > > Thanks much, > Alan > > _ > Alan Goldblatt > Cobb Hill Cohousing > Hartland, VT > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > >
Shared community internet service Alan Goldblatt, March 31 2014
- Re: Shared community internet service Diana Carroll, April 1 2014
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