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?)
Anders Jacobsen |