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    The only time clouds are wanted at Lord's Cricket Ground

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      The only time clouds are wanted at Lord's Cricket Ground

      thinkbroadband :: The only time clouds are wanted at Lord's Cricket Ground
      While online viewing of sport is the fashionable way to watch an event, there are still plenty of people who enjoy actually going to watch their favourite sport being played and with The Cloud rolling out free WiFi to Lord's Cricket Ground people will find it easier to stay online.

      The ground before now only offered free WiFi in the hospitality areas, but extending it to all of the 28,500 seater ground will make keeping up to speed with the statistics and other sports events happening around the UK easier for spectators.

      We look forward to seeing what speeds people are getting over the free WiFi, so if you want to show others the sort of speeds available remember that the postcode for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is NW8 8QN.


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      Re: The only time clouds are wanted at Lord's Cricket Ground

      The ground before now only offered free WiFi in the hospitality areas, but extending it to all of the 28,500 seater ground will make keeping up to speed with the statistics and other sports events happening around the UK easier for spectators.
      Having struggled to get good wi-fi coverage throughout my home I hope that the designer/installer of this system had something a little more powerful than a box of SR101s at their disposal.

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      It is certainly possible to provide a system to cover the stalls better than with a single WiFi router.

      Such systems include multiple WiFi extenders. Also their ground will have a large outdoor area.

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      Re: The only time clouds are wanted at Lord's Cricket Ground

      I did a bit of Googling and found a Cisco solution to providing wi-fi coverage over a large area where specialised dual-band routers were used where one router connects to the internet and talks to other routers (repeated as necessary) at 5GHz. Each router then provides wireless access for end users at 2.4GHz. As with all things Cisco this would be prohibitively expensive for domestic use but led me to thinking whether an ad-hoc system could be built using standard routers. Not wishing to re-invent the wheel some further searching revealed:
      The Freifunk Firmware is a modified version of OpenWrt Linux Version that is developed for router devices. The main aim of the firmware is to make it easier and faster to set up wireless mesh networks. Designed as an embedded Linux for low powered network devices the system can be adapted for a wide variety of devices. Freifunk/OpenWrt supports ad-hoc WLAN communication and layer 2 and 3 routing. Open Source routing protocols can be installed via package updates. Most common protocols are the OLSR protocol and the BATMAN routing protocol. By building the Freifunk embedded firmware together with the OpenWrt team the community is developing an easy to use self-configuring, self-fixing and self-tuning mesh network (wiki.openwrt.org/Freifunk).

      Features of the freifunk FirmwareThe Freifunk firmware allows anyone to relatively easily build mesh networks of routers. Such networks can be surprisingly scalable involving hundreds / thousands of nodes and made using normal off the shelf routers.
      I wondered if anyone has had any experience of extending their network using this or a similar method.

     

     

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