back to the neighborhoods 回歸鄰里

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Of course, people who are expected to run a wireless gateway need access either to highly technical information, or to a solution that is no more difficult than plugging in a connector and flipping a switch. While bringing common experiences together can help find an easy solution more quickly, only a relatively small percentage of people on this planet know that microwave communications are even possible. Even fewer know how to effectively connect a wireless network to the Internet. As we’ll see later, ubiquity is critical if wide area wireless access is going to be usable (even to the techno uberelite). It is in everyone’s best interest to cooperate, share what they know, and help make bandwidth as pervasive as the aire we breathe.

The desire to end this separation of “those in the know" from “those who want to know" is helping to bring people away from their computer screens and back into their local neighborhoods. In the last year, hundreds of independent local groups have formed with a very similar underlying principle: get people connected to each other for the lowest possible cost.

The Cooperative Approach, Building Wireless Community Networks. Planning and Deploying Local Wireless Networks. Written by Rob Flickenger, published by O’Reilly.com.

當然,人們期待著能夠搞定無線網路 gateway 的人必須要能夠瞭解高度專業的技術資訊,或者不比插入插座更難的解決方案。整個地球上瞭解微波通訊的人比例實在是非常的少,這時如果能把一般的經驗帶進來,可以找到更快的、簡單的解決方案。甚至更少的人知道怎麼有效地將無線網路連結上網際網路。我們後面將會看到的,如果廣域無線寬頻將要成為可能的話,無所不在(ubiquity)將會是最重要的關鍵。每個人最佳的利益就是合作、分享他們所知道的,並且協助讓頻寬就像我們所呼吸的空氣一樣普及。

這裡有一種知識落差的存在:知道的人,與想要知道的人之間的落差;而這種想要終結這種知識落差的動力,協助把人們從電腦螢幕前帶離開來,走回到鄰居社區之中。光是去年一年之中,數百個這樣地區性的獨立團體形成,而他們都有著非常接近的原則:以最低成本的可能,把人們彼此連結在一起。

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