[act-ma] 7/01 Mass Mesh and other internet access info
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.
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,
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
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.
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)
WPA-PSK [TKIP] + WPA2-PSK [AES]
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