[act-ma] 7/01 Mass Mesh and other internet access info

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Mon Jun 29 07:30:08 PDT 2020

See below to learn how to share your routers guest account.

Also a reminder that Act-MA email list and facebook events page are 
promoting a variety of meetings in response to the present reality.    
See http:/www.act-ma.org

TecssChange is sharing this is a way to share wireless access with 
people in your neighborhood or to areas where people don't have it.

Please contact them directly if you have questions.

Stable, equitable Internet access is more important now than ever, but 
unfortunately, Internet access is mediated by giant corporations whose 
sole aim is profits. Next Wednesday, April 8th, join Mass Mesh for an 
entertaining introduction to resilient community-controlled 
communications with mesh networks!

Mass Mesh is a high-tech social club building community-owned mesh 
networks in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville and beyond. Our members are 
hackers, tinker-ers, organizers, artists, and just generally really 
great. Our driving principles are respect for privacy, net neutrality, 
mutual aid 
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_aid_%28organization_theory%29> and 
commons based peer production. 
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commons-based_peer_production> We're just 
starting to gain traction, so now is a great time to get involved! 
<https://massmesh.org/wiki/index.php?title=Volunteer_Projects> To join 
the club, all you have to do is come to at least one of our weekly 
meetups per month. <https://www.meetup.com/SomervillePirates/> We're 
pretty sure you'll find something exciting to get involved with from there.

Please RSVP to our meetup event 
<https://www.meetup.com/SomervillePirates/events/wchkrrybcgbmc/> if 
you're planning on joining us, or reach out to jamesvorder at riseup.net 
with any questions. I hope to see you next Wednesday, July 1st at 7 PM!

Please use a link to our Meetup <https://meet.jit.si/massmesh>  to learn 
how this works and get involved.

In Solidarity,

James V
jamesvorder at riseup.net


  Are There Programs Available to Help Make Internet Service More


In these uncertain times ahead many people will be forced to cutoff 
their internet access. This allows sharing some of your excess capacity 
with others.   If you have suggested refinements to this please let me know.

You can share the guest account that comes with your broadband router. 
With the right settings it is isolated from your home network.

This assumes you are not already using your guest account for your own 

These are rough instructions on how to do it.   The exact details depend 
on your router and ISP

Find out the IP address of your router.

Search for the user manual by model number or open up a cmd box and run 

The router address is usually give by Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . 

For my Netgear router I did this.

Go to the "Guest Network" configuration tab

Check box to Turn on Guest network

Check box to Enable Wireless Isolation

This allows the guest to connect to the internet but not to any other 
devices on your network

My router requires a password so I used this trick to give out the guest 

Guest Wireless Network Name (SSID) : Name your Guest Network “Password 
is xxxyyyy “

where xxxyyyy is the password

Optional (this setting limits the shared bandwith to 55 Mbits)


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