Best solution - mobile wifi hotspot
cwhiteh at onetel.com
Sat Jun 7 01:03:53 UTC 2008
Jim Stapleton wrote:
> On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 1:52 PM, Chris Whitehouse <cwhiteh at onetel.com> wrote:
>> Jim Stapleton wrote:
>>> My dad makes instruments and goes to a lot of festivals. They are
>>> typically in the middle of nowhere, without internet. Many vendors
>>> still bring notebooks as they provide quick & easy access to many
>>> things, but there is no internet. For credit cards, many use their
>>> cell phones to make the transaction. My dad wants to get a satellite
>>> connection (pure sattelite, no phone), and set up something to offer a
>>> wireless hotspot.
>>> - Some shows will just pay a flat fee, and have the hotspot open.
>>> - Some shows won't pay a fee, and so he'll want to charge to recover
>>> some of the cost.
>>> For the open hotspots, a simple wireless router will do. For the
>>> charge hotspots, we'd want something a little more flexible. My first
>>> thought was 'FreeBSD can do that!'. The trick is that we will be using
>>> battery power most of the time. Low power is the key. I'm thinknig
>>> sub-20W max power drain worst case, SUB 10-15W is ideal.
>>> With that background info, my questions are:
>>> 1) Is building a low power computer based on FreeBSD the right way to
>>> go? Or would you all recommend something else? What?
>>> 2) Does anyone have experience with the GeodeNX or VIA C7 boards
>>> available on NewEgg? Heads ups and pointers?
>>> 3) Does anyone have experiences with these and a given wireless
>>> adaptor, How good/bad is/was it?
>>> -Jim Stapleton
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>> This particular wheel has already been invented several ways :)
> Well, my dad wants to provide something for cheaper than hiring a
> third-party vendor to come out into the middle of nowhere and do this
> (amongst other things, since he's out there, he doesn't have to use
> hundreds of miles of gas + extra man hours).
I think it is worth contacting psands to see if they will help with
info, or you could go to a festival they are at and talk to them.
> As for the second, that seems to be 'how to get an ISP', which he
> already has researched, he is more looking to /be/ the ISP.
plus a bunch more about technology...
>> To keep power down you probably want to opt for a dedicated wireless router
>> box not a computer (unless you are also saving bandwidth with squid etc).
>> And to generate electricity use wind or solar.
> Do you know of a wireless router that can provide individual user
> authentication, without requiring a complex setup? Some places may not
> want to pay for the internet connection, so he'll need to 'rent out'
> connection bandwidth to other vendors.
Sorry I don't know a specific model. I'm sure you already know it just
means search engines and reading detailed specs.
Out of curiosity what country are you in and what sort of festivals will
you be providing the service at? I believe psands support events where
they like what they are doing in addition to their commercial services.
This is getting a bit OT so email me off list if you like.
> -Jim Stapleton
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