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Monday, September 26, 2005
Current BPL Internet Service Plenty Fast
: An early user of BPL (Broadband over Power Line) Internet service from Current Communications
over a local Cincinatti power company, Cinergy. "To use the service, you get a BPL modem. It looks like a largish wall-wart power plug with some LEDs on it. It has an RJ-45 jack on it to connect to a computer or a router. That's about it. We opted for the Cadillac level service: 3mbps up, 3mbps down, and a dedicated IP. That runs $49.95 a month, but the price decreases as more people in my neighborhood sign up (my current price with >3 neighbors signed up is a paltry $42.46)" Measured performance: 3.5 mbps downline, 4.2 mbps uplink (!). 12:58:35 PM
Update your Linksys router with Sveasoft's firmware
: "In its GPL Code Center
, Linksys provides the source code for most of its devices. However, unless you're a programmer, this isn't going to do you much good. What can help you out is what Sveasoft has done with that source code. Based in California, this company has taken Linksys' source code and created new versions for replacing factory firmware
. Basically, installing this firmware takes a limited functionality $50 consumer router and adds many of the features of an enterprise router. ..
Sveasoft actually sports three different families of firmware: Sveasoft firmware for Linksys WRT54G and WRT54GS routers, Alchemy firmware that works with a list of routers (which is free and adds a lot of the features listed above), and the aforementioned Talisman firmware." 12:05:41 PM