Lille-Flandres and Avignon TGV will be the 2 pilot SNCF stations to offer free wifi from the end of March 2014. In total 100 stations will benefit from wifi network access before the end of the current year and 128 stations by the end of February 2015.
Today’s Bristol Post reports that First Great Western (FGW) will be offering free wifi on its services between Bristol and London within one year. Wifi provision on trains is part of the deal agreed with the government under which First will continue operating the Great Western franchise for an additional two years. All 53 of […]
North Somerset Council – Bristol’s immediate neighbour to the south – has announced that free wi-fi will be available in almost every library across North Somerset from 1st August. This will allow library users (not ‘customers’, as stated in your press release, North Somerset! Ed.) to bring their own laptops and other devices into their […]
A study of emails carried out between 1st and 30th June 2013 and covering 200,000 mail accounts generating 8.5 mn. emails a day has revealed that over 80% of email traffic is spam and only 9% is legitimate traffic, according to today’s Le Monde Informatique. The study’s authors – email security specialists Vade Retro – […]
Fed up with the ancient telephone exchange and poor quality service from the UK’s largest telecommunications provider – BT, the villagers of Kettleholm in Dumfries and Galloway have produced the following video, which we trust readers will enjoy. Hat tip: Baskers
Yesterday Bristol Wireless volunteer Acesabe paid a site visit to Easton’s Kebele Community Coop to connect them to the Bristol Wireless network. Being the good lad he is, Acesabe kept us informed throughout the process as evidenced by the following sample tweet: Another wireless link in, our northern most in Easton yet! He also documented […]
TCP/IP is the open framework that makes the internet work. Of that framework, we’d like to draw your attention today to the IP bit. IP stands for Internet Protocol, of course (and not Intellectual Property address, as once written by the Digital Britain Minister in the last government. Ed.), and every device connecting to a […]
It’s been an interesting day in the lab. Your correspondent arrived early in the lab and found Rich and Acesabe getting ready to out on a cabling job, running Cat6 round a new office for a client. After a while Jim turned up, followed shortly after by Chris, our newest volunteer. It’s interesting working with […]
Bristol City Council and Bristol University have reached an agreement that will result in several hundred more free wifi spots being made available in the city, the Bristol Evening Post reports. The council currently has some 50 free wifi spots around the city in places like College Green and St Nicholas Market via its B-Open […]
The Lancashire village of Wray (population approx. 500) became a true global village on Easter Monday with a world first – the live streaming of video and audio coverage of a village cricket match over the internet. The protagonists were Wray CC* vs the Rest of the World. The result: Wray won by 1 run, […]
Last week BW volunteers Rich and Acesabe paid a visit to the Rosevear sheltered housing scheme in Newtown to see if their link to our network could be restored. One of the last things they expected to find there was wildlife interfering with our infrastructure… Rich takes up the tale below. “As I was unscrewing […]
To some people network neutrality may seem an esoteric subject, but it’s absolutely vital for the way modern information technology functions. Last Wednesday, Government minister Ed Vaizey told the FT World Telecoms Conference that ISPs could soon be allowed to drop net neutrality and prioritise content providers prepared to pay to ensure a better quality […]
It’s before 10 am on a Saturday morning and there’s a dozen or so Bristol Wireless folks huddled together in Hamilton House. Besides amazement at our weekend early rising proclivities, readers are probably wondering if this gathering served some useful purpose; and of course it did – we’d all come together for a day’s networking […]
The Wireless Community Weekend (WCW) hosted annually by Freifunk is taking place at the end of May (22.-24.05.2009) and will be staged once again at c-base in Berlin. The event programme has not been firmed up yet and will be arranged by participants. Proposals for the programme can be submitted before the event. Further details […]
Following the recent exceptionally stormy weather of the last couple of weeks, Bristol Wireless’ Lloyd Cohen and Rich Higgs have paid a visit to Holroyd House on Windmill Hill – our most exposed location – and Armada House in Kingsdown to check the condition of the bolts holding our antennae to the buildings. While they […]
Bristol Wireless’s backbone is now live, giving us wide coverage within the city.
2 devices per client installation: the wge101 which is just a wireless-ethernet bridge which will have the external antenna connected to it for connectivity back to our network. The WRT54g for handling the routing and internal wireless and wired (with the original little antennae on so they won’t be visible on our external network). This […]
http://informal.org.uk/people/julian/publications/the_state_of_wireless_london/#towards-a-city-wide-meshed-network This study looks at how wireless networking (WLAN) in London has developed over the last three years from hacktivist pastime to mainstream pursuit. Comparing networks built by freenetwork groups, commercial hotspot providers, and public sector initiatives the study also examines the sales and uptake of WLAN equipment and makes some direct measurements of wireless […]
After some initial problems (possibly static) affecting the access point, the installation at Greenhaven elderly residents supported accommodation is now (20/4/4) up and running. Greenhaven has two Red Hat Linux machines in a communal area wirelessly connected to Easton Community Centre. The warden, Ron Corbett, is an enthusiastic supporter of the project and is looking […]
The first node for the Easton Residents Network is being rolled out today at Greenhaven Sheltered Housing Greenbank Avenue East BS5 6EW Hopefully they’ll be a report here later today as to how it went.