April 22, 2005
Sharing a bit?

I have one of the omnipresent Linksys blue boxes beaming soon-to-be 1 Mbit/s ADSL goodness througout the flat and the neighbourhood, but I'm curious: I don't want to leave the entire connection available to anyone, unencrypted: I want to have some control of the usage of my bandwidth (to ensure that I get good bandwidth when I need it, and to avoid hitting undocumented usage limits at my broadband provider). I also want my own and my authorized users' communications to be encrypted.

Still, I wouldn't mind at all sharing a limited but functional wifi service to neighbours, passers-by etc; say 36-56 kbit/s, degrading to e.g. 10kbit/s after an hour of access - as fast as a modem, enough to access email and basic web access for users in need, but not enough for someone to leech of me as their primary internet connection.

I would certainly appreciate if someone shared a connection like that for me when I need it!

Is there any software/firmware hack available for me to keep control of my bandwidth, keep my comms encrypted, but to leave a portion of bandwidth available to random access?

Are there compelling security arguments against doing this? (the obvious argument being if wardrivers committ crimes when accessing the internet through my subscription?)

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Unfortunatly, I don't know much more than you do either... But I have been wondering the same myself! I've been trying to find out more of the legal ramifications of sharing the net. Mainly, do you need to require the visitor to agree to some ground rules before allowing access. I read through my agreement with my provider, and it didn't seem to say anything about sharing.

The tech side of QOS would be useful to know too.

Posted by: on April 22, 2005 06:43 AM

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Thanking You
Sarfaraz khan.

Posted by: newlook on August 30, 2005 01:07 PM
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