Their product is based on theft? Looks like their product is based on stealing Wifi from other users and then bonding it together.
I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.
Re: Their product is based on theft?
said by battleop:No, their product is about aggregating bandwidth from multiple sources. They just happened to utilize bandwidth from neighbors with open access points.
Looks like their product is based on stealing Wifi from other users and then bonding it together.
Re: Their product is based on theft?
said by battleop:How so? As another just posted, suppose you were in a location with multiple FREE open access points. Then how is it theft?
"They just happened to utilize bandwidth from neighbors with open access points."
Their GOAL is not to illegally use open access points. If that is even illegal in today's legal realm. It is to aggregate bandwidth from multiple sources.
From your view on this, I am thinking that you are one of the believers that all torrent downloads are for pirating and should be made illegal.
Re: does this involve a server?
said by tom thomas:That is what I want to know. Does it aggregate the bandwidth locally or all back to a Connectify server.
does everything get reconnected/recombined on a server someplace?
if so connectify is going to need an awful lot of bandwidth capacity on the servers, especially since i suspect the interested users will be very heavy ones.
if not how does this work?
Also, I see they keep talking about downloading "files" when they show bandwidth usage. Typical local bonding can also be used in this way to aggregate bandwidth. However, the key here is multiple files or streams to different servers.
Wonder what they would get from a speed test site with a single data stream.
A good idea This is on the surface link aggregation. If you are in a densely populated area this may be useful because you can aggregate links to balance the network traffic between different access points IN ADDITION to your primary connection mechanism which is probably HSI or cellular.
I see this as the neuter to caps, because there is no reason you can't assign a bias or app to a float ag group over time. So take for instance, run youtube over free wifi only at best effort (not gobbling your 100 MB of cellular data). If the wifi can't support, don't run it. If it does, stream baby stream. The killer data app right now is video, period. Music can take a good chunk, but man if you can stream that on the train over wifi, bonus. Over time cloud apps are going to supplement what we see today, and that will be bandwidth intensive to (cloudon for example).
For those who are enterprising, one can bond wifi links in a neighborhood to share HSI links to get around caps. That being said there are TOS violations and other "who pays" if it goes over to worry about. I don't see this as the primary mission...It will be cell, LOS/wifi mixing.
Also there is going to be a long transition period between today wifi logins and "automatic" wifi. In a hotel I may see 10 of different access points, no reason I can't load share across them if one joker is streaming on floor 12 and floor 11 and 10 are idle.
Make no mistake this is the way cellcos are going to go down the road anyways, of course they will probably charge you for wifi/cellular also, but it can seamlessly offload at the same time, so they can put up less towers and pass the savings over to us NOT...I mean the shareholders.
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Re: So you find 10 neighbors...
said by marigolds:Not a issue if they have DOCSIS 3.0
So you find 10 neighbors with open wifi hotspots, and you bond them altogether....
Problem is, all those neighbors are just connecting to the same node where you are already sharing bandwidth with all 10 of them at the exact same priority anyway. And now rather than just absorbing the latency on your connection, you have the aggregate latency of all 10 connections.
Net result? Unless you are already hitting your speed cap, you get a negligible boost in speed in exchange for a big increase in latency.
5 40mbps connections can yield all of the bandwidth on the DOCSIS 3.0
more then likely it would RED flag the account due to excessive usage if they guy were to continually max these connections out
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Interesting Ha Ha.
I don't know that it is legally theft, as some say here, but could create some problems.
People who have that would look for any available connection, to add to their own bandwidth.
Not many private users these days have unsecured connections, as there were more years ago. A few do. It is not usually because they want to share their bandwidth with their neighbors though, but usually because they don't know better. (An interesting question then to the theft vs non-theft might be--if someone doesn't know how to lock their home, is it legal/ethical to walk in and steal from them?) (Of course, connecting to a neighbor's internet connection is not nearly a crime to the same level as walking in their home and stealing things from them, just looking theoretically.)
What if ten neighbors mutually agreed to leave their networks unsecured (or give each other their passwords), so that all could connect to all ten, and multiply their bandwidth by ten? Somehow I think they would cancel each other out.
It might greatly increase usage of cellular 3G/4G, as users use it at home to augment the bandwidth of their home broadband, especially for those still with unlimited wireless data. (However, if that started happening, unlimited wireless data might soon no longer exist.)