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Friday June 21, 2002
10:51 AM


[ #5840 ]

I'm driving down to YAPC in a caravan (not a van, a bunch of cars) with freeside, lenzo, dha, Schwern and possibly others. I had an idea to get a wireless network up and running between our cars. Since then, I've been buying equipment and getting together tests to see if it would work. I think it will work just fine. Here is what I have so far:

* 350 watt (180 watts from cig lighter) DC to AC power inverter.
* Kyocera QCP-3035 Cell Phone.
* Serial data kit for Kyocera QCP-3035 Cell Phone.
* Linksys wap11 Wireless Access Point.
* HyperLink High Gain Omni-directional antenna.
* Crossover Cable.
* Laptop running windows (for the phone) with connection sharing enabled.

Here's the plan. Test 1: Run a web server or irc daemon or something on the gateway laptop (probably my windows machine... damn phone) and have everyone connect to it. Test 2: Connect the phone to the internet and have folks try and use the connection for surfing or ssh or something.

Sure, test 2 will be slow. Don't tell me that a working wireless network connected to the internet moving at 70mph isn't really cool.

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  • All I can say is: this is the coolest idea I've heard in a long time! It takes walkie-talkies to a whole new level. :-) I hope it works, and I'd love to hear your results. I'll be at YAPC myself, so maybe this is fodder for a lightening talk or BOF? What a cool idea...
    "Perl users are the Greatful Dead fans of computer science." --slashdot comment
  • HighWLan (Score:2, Funny)

    Inverted War Driving. Cool.
  • truckers trading in their CB radios for laptops, GPS, cellphones and WAP :) You're about to find out just how incredibly sucky cellular access is outside of urban areas :) In cellular terms, the US is pretty 3rd world and this exercise would work far better in Europe, Africa or South America...good luck :)

  • If this works, I am moving to your area before next year's YAPC!

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers