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Topic # 25553 25-Aug-2008 11:38
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Hey guys,

Not too knowledgeable in the whole GSM area but it would be cool to be able to use the internet within quite a large area of my house. Wifi wouldnt work but is there any way (I think I am most likely dreaming) but can people make their own GSM cell sites?

Would be really cool to connect to my own cell site and use my internet from home Laughing

Xnet could even do it and offer mobile 3g!

would be really interested to find out.

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  Reply # 159524 25-Aug-2008 11:43
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No, for many reasons.

For example, you'd been transmitting on the same frequency as the carriers. This is bad for them, you could mess up your neighbours ability to use his mobile phone. Not to mention it's illegal to transmit in this range.

I could point out many other reasons (And I'm sure others will), but the simple answer is no.




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  Reply # 159528 25-Aug-2008 11:50
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The answer is a Femtocell. Vodafone NZ have no plans to deploy these here in the short term but apparently have done some testing in NZ.



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  Reply # 159572 25-Aug-2008 14:21
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Yea thought that the answer would be no... Anything else I can do in a legal spectrum (with further distance than wifi???)

Sbiddle I don't want to extend vodafone instead create my own LOL

I just have this vision to be able to travel somewhere and use CHEAP or free wifi... might have to get a movement going on this...

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Reply # 159602 25-Aug-2008 15:47
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chrisjunkie: Wifi wouldnt work


Care to explain why you don't want to use WiFi?

It's simple to set up, and a couple of access points would have the range to cover most residential dwellings.
If range or interference is a problem, 802.11n with MIMO might be the best bet.

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  Reply # 159637 25-Aug-2008 17:02
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I reckon you should get a wireless N mimo router, with a bunch of big omni antennas. Similarly with the wireless cards, and you should easily be able to go a couple of hundred metres.



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  Reply # 159735 25-Aug-2008 22:18
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I think it would just be fun to have a massive wireless network set-up here in Auckland (or the whole of NZ) and have the idea behind it similar to the APE or WIX.... Good or bad idea?

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  Reply # 159748 25-Aug-2008 23:15
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I tried it once, Results were.... interesting, and far too detailed to go into here, I should dig up the old hacked DSE accesspoint I used.
It did teach me an immense amount about wireless propogation and antenna design though and was a great little project, sadly gone is the 256K unlimited  plan and so gone is the WiFi4all.

As for "microcell" yes, you could do it but the unpracticality (faraday room, etc) and immense cost (network emulator test box) would just be a waste of time.



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  Reply # 159923 26-Aug-2008 16:14
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Would be really cool to have something like the APE or WIX but more residential based... I'm not thinking of providing internet access at this stage although a simple Xnet connection would probably do it as it is just starting up and have credit-card payment options...

I just think a massive local wireless mesh would be so much fun :)

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  Reply # 159934 26-Aug-2008 16:38
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chrisjunkie: Would be really cool to have something like the APE or WIX but more residential based... I'm not thinking of providing internet access at this stage although a simple Xnet connection would probably do it as it is just starting up and have credit-card payment options...

I just think a massive local wireless mesh would be so much fun :)

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Trawl the forums... this has come up a LOT.

There are a million good reasons to do it, but at the end of the day too many people who would be nodes in any network are already have their bandwidth and connectivity needs covered, and/or the ToS of service providers make it hard to market (join us but dont tell your ISP or they will cut you off).




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  Reply # 159971 26-Aug-2008 19:53
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Tony,

Doesnt have to share internet.. rather just a big LOCAL network... could be easy if done right

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  Reply # 159974 26-Aug-2008 20:00
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chrisjunkie: Tony,

Doesnt have to share internet.. rather just a big LOCAL network... could be easy if done right

I could see this being abused straight away...




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  Reply # 159979 26-Aug-2008 21:01
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In what way??

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  Reply # 159983 26-Aug-2008 21:11
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I think wifi will work have a look at this site it may help u
http://au.wifi-link.com/dm/




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