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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 92565 1-Nov-2011 21:53
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Here's an idea I'm hoping some smart group can make a reality.

  1. Make an android app that broadcasts the device as an anonymous WiFi node.
  2. Create an interface between the node and the user that allows secure chat and file transfer in public places.
  3. In busy cities with thousands of devices the latent bandwidth can create a WiFi web owned by nobody but used by everyone.
  4. Access to the App and the 'WiFi web' is on the basis that it is not for profit.

Stuff that is a bit harder to do but is next logical step.
  1. Apply the same philosophy to latent wireless LAN capacity by having users install an app on their PC that shares their wireless bandwidth.

As wireless speeds increase we'll soon have our own little wireless web. We can then once again live in a world where we use our Web the way we want and not the way digital rights holders legislate.

Thanks for reading.


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  Reply # 540102 1-Nov-2011 22:18
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Not sure what you are trying to achieve here, free mobile internet?

Two things you need to understand about wireless traffic you are talking about here, Wifi traffic generated and travel between mobiles are free, but once it traverse the Internet its not free.  

You can create a peer-to-peer wifi network and messaging apps to achieve what you described but the network won't have Internet access unless someone pays for it.

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  Reply # 540114 1-Nov-2011 22:37
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Also note "web" is just a layer that runs on top of a network layer. Also it looks like you are thinking of a file sharing environment with no central control. Well this already exists, and it is the peer to peer protocols.

What you are proposing is a network sharing and extension.

Web is not the Internet.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 542266 7-Nov-2011 22:05
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Hi There,

Thanks for the feedback. Yes it would all be local (limited to wifi range and amount of wifi overlap)

Even if you had a little app that initially just broadcast all your 5 star rated files to those around you. In turn you can set your device to automatically grab any 5 star rated files from others. Sure you have some volume and security issues but... (apply some filters) it would be like fishing as you walk down the road. I think the possibilities for apps in this area is huge.

Yes it's peer to peer but if done right it uses idle wifi capacity for forwarding the data of other users. Not sure how that would work for phone battery life but thinking ahead, battery life, wifi speed, wifi use etc etc should all increase.

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  Reply # 542285 7-Nov-2011 22:33
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Yes, this can be done via peer to peer wifi and file transfer.  Your app will make it much simpler.  However, i can guess what type of files or contents you are thinking of sharing so i won't agree with it.  You probably won't get through the Apple App store, but will get thru android market.  Ironically, the iPhone/iPod users probably has the most contents to share.

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  Reply # 542330 8-Nov-2011 02:17
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