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[SLUG] 500 node mesh network for Parramatta
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- Subject: [SLUG] 500 node mesh network for Parramatta
- From: Richard Hayes <nada@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 11:08:59 +1000
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Parramatta council is keen on e-government (Don't laugh they are willing
to spend money to do it) and minimising the Digital Divide.
So, I am proposing to create a Mesh for disadvantaged people.
Optus is offering to pay for a number of DSL connection into the mesh
but volunteers would design and build the network.
Customers would pay a small fee maybe $10-15 per month to get a
computer, printer and 1Mb wireless connection.
I think a group of the usual suspects, SLUG, Sydney Wireless, Computer
Bank etc with some funding from Parramatta could build a 500 node MAN
covering lots of Parramatta and give access to many disadvantaged groups.
Hardware: Donated WRT54s or Refurbished PCs with Linux
Cheap wireless cards with large antenna (7db gain) or Cantenna??
The Council is keen and willing to spend some money but it needs
technical help from geeks.
Any thoughts / suggestions??
0414 618 425