[MLB-WIRELESS] Fwd: Wireless convoys
clae at tpg.com.au
Tue Feb 25 03:34:23 EST 2003
>To: barrelfullofmonkeys at yahoogroups.com
>From: Rak Razam <shazaman at netspace.net.au>
>Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 13:23:27 +1100
>Subject: [BarrelfullofMonkeys] Wireless convoys
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>Wireless Caravan: Geeks on Parade
>By Michelle Delio | Also by this reporter Page 1 of 1
>02:00 AM Feb. 22, 2003 PT
>A happy band of geek gypsies hit the road Friday. And they didn't
>leave their technology behind.
>Traveling in what they call the Wifi Caravan, five members of the
>Janus Wireless Project formed a rolling wireless network with the
>intention of maintaining a constant connection throughout the
>14-hour car journey from Portland, Oregon, to San Francisco.
> En route to the CodeCon 2.0 programmers' conference, passengers in
>two cars sent e-mail and kept in touch on Internet relay chat,
>surfed the Internet and shared files. To break up the monotony, they
>streamed music between the cars using Icecast and played multiplayer
>They also did a little war driving to see how many unprotected
>wireless networks they could spot along the way.
>"Janus is essentially just a bunch of geeks with common interests,"
>said member Steven Cockayne. "We are open-source advocates, some of
>us are programmers, and we also do quite a bit of research in the
>wireless field in order to make whatever we discover public domain
>in the hope that it can help better support the online community."
>The heart of the Wifi Caravan's mobile network is a custom-built
>multiprocessor computer running Linux. The entire system fits into a
>Kyle Williams, a Janus researcher, said they were still tweaking the
>system five hours before departure.
>"Things are never done with us," Williams said. "As soon as a
>project is finished, we look at it and try to figure out how to make
>it better. And then we take it apart again. What can I say -- we're
>computer geeks. That's just how we are."
>According to Cockayne, roughly 130,000 miles of dark (that is,
>unused) fiber-optic cable lie between Portland and Seattle, most of
>which was put down by telecom providers who went out of business and
>no longer own the cabling. One of the Janus road-trippers' goals was
>to research that cable's potential.
>"There have been quite a few talks about the city (of Portland)
>creating wireless broadband connections off of the fiber in order to
>provide everyone in range with broadband connections at 11 Mbps for
>roughly $20 a month," Cockayne said. "Janus would like to help
>provide such a service.
>"We are basically aiming to eventually provide a similar ISP-style
>system, and would possibly be using the same means. So this trip is
>a proof-of-concept of sorts, to show that a 'wireless blanket' can
>be created and all tied to a central network with ease."
>Janus is also hoping the trip will prove the stability of mobile
>"We've done some extensive research in the field of wireless, and
>this seems to be the next natural evolution," Cockayne said. "A
>fully portable wireless network that functions similar to a small
>NOC (network operations center)" -- essentially a command center
>from which a network is monitored and problems are diagnosed and
>The Wifi Caravan has rolled out before, but on a smaller scale, with
>only one car carrying multiple laptops. The group will make its next
>caravan trip to Defcon in Las Vegas in August.
>As of mid-morning on Friday, seven hours after the caravan left
>Portland, all systems were still up and working. Janus members had
>maintained a constant, reliable connection between the cars, even
>when they pushed the speed limit by cruising at 80 mph.
>"We're not surprised. We knew this would work," Cockayne said. "It's
>just way more fun to test it on a road trip."
"As a net is made up by a series of knots, so everything in this
world is connected by a series of knots. If anyone thinks that the
mesh of a net is an independant, isolated thing, he is mistaken.
It is called a net because it is made up of a series of connected
meshes, and each mesh has its place and responsibilities in relation
to other meshes."
- The Teaching Of Buddha, (c) Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (Buddhist Promoting
Foundation), Tokyo 1966,
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