Neighborhood Area Networking

I just read the following via Wi-Fi Networking News:

Speakeasy’s NetShare service … allows a DSL or T-1 customer to share their connection with anyone they like and have Speakeasy bill their sharers directly, while rebating 50 percent of those fees against their direct customers’ bill.”


Heh, and I was just debating the validity of Neighborhood Wi-Fi with Ed. So naturally I found the timeliness of this to be a bit ironic, but interesting nonetheless.

Verizon launches Wi-Fi service with 150 hot spots

John just sent me a link to this Reuters story about Verizon’s launch of new Wi-Fi hot spots in phone
booths through out NYC:

Verizon Communications today launched its new Wi-Fi service by lighting up150 hot spots in New York City, with plans to activate another 850 by theend of the year. Verizon said its deployment marks the largest such initiative by an Internet service provider in a single U.S. city. Verizon’s hot spots will be inside pay phones located throughout New York and will have a range of 300 feet.

The company said its access points are currently located in some of the city’s most heavily trafficked locations, such as the Upper East and Upper West Sides, Columbia University, Greenwich Village, Wall Street, and Battery Park.

It would be pretty cool if they also worked in the subway too.

Wi-Fi and cell phones

Martin Cooper, the father of the first cell phone call, has the following to say about Wi-Fi:

“”Wi-Fi is wonderful. It is a superb local area network–what it was designed to do–and it does that very well. When you try to make Wi-Fi cover a wide area, it’s absolutely the worst way to do it. Think about it. In order to cover a city, you need a million sites; we actually did an analysis of that. And every one of them has got to have backhaul. So it turns out it’s neither economical nor practical.” (via cnet)

Wireless HiFi over WiFi

According to this article, Linksys will be releasing in 2Q03, a wireless LAN (WiFi) device that attaches to any 802.11b network, and searches the network for MP3 files, or even images, which can then be played or displayed on a home audio or video device (TV).

Apparently it cannot stream video yet, but that is supposedly planned for future releases. (via BoingBoing)

Portable WiFi sniffer

iDetect Technology: “Wi-Fi Sniffer, WFS-1, detects Wi-Fi availability by the press of a button. No longer do you have to boot up your laptop or walk around with your laptop turned on, hence reducing the risk of hard drive crashes. Pressing the button on the Wi-Fi
Sniffer will tell you whether access is available.”

In-Room Chat as a Social Tool

Clay Shirky “… hosted a two-day brainstorming session for 30 or so
people on the subject of social software. In addition to the usual “sit
around a big table and talk to each other” format, [they] set up an
in-room chat channel accessible over the WiFi network which created a
two-channel experience — a live conversation in the room, and an
overlapping real-time text conversation.”