Residential Wi-Fi Sharing Made Easy

    Date08 May 2006
    Posted ByBrittany Day
    Researchers have developed technology designed to enable neighbors to pool their Wi-Fi Internet access to deliver better performance and exploit bandwidth that would otherwise sit idle. Haiyun Luo, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, says that the technology he created with graduate student Nathanael Thompson would encourage people to share their bandwidth without having to worry about security or privacy issues.

    The 1MB Practical End-host collaborative Residential Multihoming (PERM) software file is available for download and can be used by users who have subscriptions for broadband connections, says Luo, who leads the Systems, Wireless, and Networking Group at the university. The PERM Project site describes the technology as having been implemented on Linux clients and with Linksys wireless routers.

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