Get Your WiFi Off My Land!

There is an interesting article in the Washington Post on interference caused by close proximity of multiple WiFi access points.

Peter Kastner moved from the suburbs to an apartment in Boston last summer while his new home was under construction. As soon as he got set up in the temporary digs, Kastner -- chief technology analyst at the research firm Aberdeen Group -- set up his WiFi home network to enjoy some wireless Web surfing.

Everything worked fine, but in a few weeks he found that the airwaves started getting crowded.

"Around about Labor Day, when all the college students moved back to Boston, all of these [wireless] access points showed up around me," he said. Soon, his laptop started getting dizzy from all the conflicting networks and began dropping connections

Speaking as a non-techie, it seems that property rights could be established through software protocols rather than assigning unique frequencies. Any thoughts?

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Soon, his laptop started

Soon, his laptop started getting dizzy from all the conflicting networks and began dropping connections

I think some of that is the fault of Windows. Windows always seems to be trying to find a newer and better network. When I've got my laptop in Linux, it always sticks to the network I tell it to.

Also, if you have wireless Internet access in your house, and somebody else is paying the bill, don't complain. It's a great state of affairs.

A legal property right - as

A legal property right - as could be established by Congress - could go a long way to retarding innovation. It might take decades to undo the harm done to many because of the problems of a few.

Contrast that with how long it might take some ingenious programmers with a nifty idea, and a cool algorithm. He might solve the problem in a few weeks - and be rewarded for it by the market.

This kind of reminds me of a

This kind of reminds me of a story I read last year about a groups of Jewish people living somewhere in New Jersey who used some special wires to extend the borders of their house so that they could do more on the Sabbath.

Eventually, they were forced to remove the wires, since they used their telephone poles to hang them, and the phone company decided that said poles were there for only their wires, and not to extend said houses and fool God.

Of course, that really doesn't have anything to do with the subject at hand...but there it is.