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I'm Famous in St. Louis. - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Mar. 24th, 2004

11:02 am - I'm Famous in St. Louis.

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Date:March 24th, 2004 08:23 pm (UTC)
Yah we're using off the shelf 11b stuff now. We're aware that there's going to be some political fights neccessary to get some more spectrum available to the general public for this stuff. We're working behind the scenes with a lot of folks to make sure that projects like ours are considered in the ongoing public interest political battle over spectrum. We're seen as a model argument for why the public should be given access to more spectrum for flexible open applications.

One thing we have going for us is that by using high gain omnis at rooftop level there is actually a radio shadow below the antenna so that a lot less energy goes into the home of someone with a node than gets to the rooftop of someone's neighbor.

We're also looking into a number of ways to minimize our use of spectrum via variable power radios (adjust transmit power based on the packet destination) and "smart antenna arrays" (so that we have omni-directional coverage but any given packet is actually transmitted as a directional beam to it's destination). Those are both a ways off. The radios that would facilitate both of these ideas are currently not open spec so we can't write drivers to their full capabilities.

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