Sydney Wireless

September 1, 2006

Just a couple of quick updates to

Filed under: Information — evilbunny @ 10:54 am

I’ve added code so people can easily contact support, I’ve also added code so people can also contact other people on the system, similar to how things used to work, in user prefs you can set who can contact you.

You are also now able to see the age in days of the last time the person was seen (or responded to email pings).

Locations and accounts that used to be more then 90 days old used to be deleted from the system, this caused issues for people that were away for extended periods of time, so now instead the records are marked as deleted in the database and not shown on any maps. If a person logs into their account those locations become enabled again.

The system has also been optimised for the number of nodes in each region. So when you view the world map or view the jump to menu, preference is given to regions with the highest number of locations.

You are now also able to update your contact information and change your email preferences.

August 18, 2006


Filed under: Uncategorized, Information — Skittled @ 3:00 am

Hi. I’m having troubles working out how to get involved with Sydney Wireless. I’ve also noticed I’m not the only one in the same boat, judging by the comments to some of the most recent posts on here. Hate to say it, but the organisation seems decidedly lacking and confusing from an outsiders’ perspective. References have been made to forums –which forums? Once upon a time, I gather, people could look up user details in NodeDB — can we any more? If not, how does one work out how to contact other interested individuals…? Emails (only provided through google’s cache, for all I can see) either bounce or don’t get responded to. Messages to Melb wireless turn up little, but indicate that the prime founders may have moved on…

Could someone please provide some rough information for new, interested individuals, and how they might connect up and contribute to the network?

December 21, 2005

iPass Acquires GoRemote

Filed under: Information — evilbunny @ 9:14 am

With cash on hand, iPass (Quote, Chart) of Redwood Shores, California is buying out its rival down the road, GoRemote Internet Communications (Quote, Chart) of Milpitas. The two companies will be integrating all of their services, many of which overlap.

“We’ll go from the largest to ‘largester,’” jokes John Sidline, the director of corporate communications at iPass. His company also announced this morning that it had 35,000 unique hotspots in its virtual network, a number that will only grow when GoRemote’s partner locations are added. Even though the two companies have extensive overlap (say, for example, with T-Mobile Hotspots), there are some unique customers on GoRemote’s side (like The Cloud in the United Kingdom).

December 20, 2005

Ruckus RIOT Targets Homes

Filed under: Information — evilbunny @ 9:19 am

Ruckus Wireless (formerly Video54) has a major stake in making sure Wi-Fi takes off in the home, considering that it makes smart antennas that are meant for spreading wireless signals for use with video and voice. But company communications director David Callisch said they didn’t see anyone focusing on making sure such products are fully interoperable. So they started a RIOT.

The name stands for Ruckus Interoperability and Open Testing. Callisch says, “we’re basically opening the program up to consumer electronics companies that have an IP enabled capability — mostly set-top boxes and PVR companies that want to add value to products.” That value, of course, is wireless. “Just having any wireless technology inside, relative to video, doesn’t cut it. As most have found out.” Testing is done in a house setup in the San Francisco Bay area.

December 19, 2005

Bluetooth on The Slopes

Filed under: Information — evilbunny @ 9:10 am

Skiing isn’t just about the snow and the lodge anymore. Enthusiasts can now go high tech with the new Bluetooth-enabled Audex series of winter jackets.

Developed by Motorola (Quote, Chart) and Burton, the Audex jacket sports a built-in control panel located on the left-hand sleeve.

Any Bluetooth-enabled (define) mobile phone can connect wirelessly, and there are wires in the jacket that connect to an iPod. The hood houses speakers and a microphone for talking, making calls or listening to music.

“We see this as the beginning of truly wearable technology,” Bruce Hawver, general manager of companion products in Motorola’s mobile division, told “We think this is the first truly mass-commercial product to bring music and telephony together, and people won’t even notice you have the phone or iPod on you.”

December 18, 2005

Hotspot Hits

Filed under: Information — evilbunny @ 9:08 am

Boulder City, Nevada, is the latest city on the municipal mesh wireless bandwagon. It is working with Triad Wireless to install a dual network, using 4.9 GHz for public safety mesh and 5.8 GHz for mesh backhaul, with equipment from SkyPilot Networks. Triad bases its 4.9GHz S.P.I.R.I.T. (Secured Public Integrated Radio Infrastructure Technology) system on equipment from SkyPilot saying it provides “improved performance and carrier-class reliability.” The city expects to use the 4.9 network for everything up to video surveillance transmission in the 45 mile circumference around the city.


December 17, 2005

Linksys touts new WRT54GL product for hackers

Filed under: Information — evilbunny @ 9:16 am

For those who like to hack their Linksys routers running Linux, the news that the company was moving to VxWorks might have been worrisome. But worry no longer. Linksys will be shipping a new version of the router, called WRT54GL, specifically to cater to the Linux-heads among us. The hardware is identical to the WRT54G series 4 model out there running Linux. The move to VxWorks let them create a version (WRT54G series 5) that would require less memory (Flash and RAM), and thus cost even less, although the Linux version already sells for about $70. Go forth and hot-rod.


December 16, 2005

Wi-Fi Product Watch

Filed under: Information — evilbunny @ 9:30 am

The days of Wi-Fi switch vendors having to create all the software needed to run a network are ending. Companies like NextHop Technologies and and Flextronics Software Systems are bringing software to market to run unified wired and wireless networks via boxes built by third party OEMs. NextHop’s UNS 4.0 comes out later this month, and the company is trumpeting its major scalability, with the ability to run up to 48 access points per switch, controlling up to 14,000 MAC addresses as well as all the major Wi-Fi encryption standards. They also have a deal with Wireless Valley for doing RF management. Flextronics said today that its software in the same vein is part of an OEM-ready line of WLAN switching solutions. Expect Taiwanese companies to start cranking out low-cost switches once these packages are in the mainstream.


December 15, 2005

Community Wireless Survey

Filed under: Information — elainecisco @ 12:17 am

Dear all
We are currently collaborating with the Athens University of Economics and
Business on research on wireless communities. If you have time and/or
interest could you please fill in the survey which is totally anonymous.
Thank you.


December 4, 2005

TRENDnet 802.11g Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter with HotSpot Detector (All-in-1)

Filed under: Information — evilbunny @ 9:11 am

If you’re out and about a lot and make use of Wi-Fi hotspots, you may have considered purchasing (or indeed might already own) a handheld Wi-Fi finder. Up until now, most of these devices — like TRENDnet’s own TEW-T1 — have provided only the most rudimentary of information like the presence and approximate strength of a signal (using three to five LEDs).

That’s certainly helpful information, but it doesn’t tell you how many networks are present or whether any of them are usable by you— for example, whether and how they are encrypted and what type they are (in case you prefer 802.11g networks for performance reasons). While many take less than five minutes to boot up a system or pull it out of hibernation to glean this more detailed information, doing so can be inconvenient, to say the least.

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