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19 May, 2010

being generous

Trying to be, at least. And this is very un-Don, sorry.
I decided to put following sign for my guests.

free Wi-Fi

It seems like internet connection is sort of important these days. Many friends visiting here often ask for using internet. Sometimes I let them use my MacBook Pro (I know Don wouldn't have approved this), that's a guest account (user account), so they don't change my settings. Often, they want to get connected with their own laptops or iPhones. Here in Australia, 3G wireless broadband is pretty slow compared to ADSL via Wi-Fi. Giving my guests the Wi-Fi password sometimes concerns me. (I am sure Don wouldn't have given anyone his Wi-Fi password)

iiNetGuest networkingWith the AirPort base station I acquired in March, it does simultaneous dual band as well as a separate guest networking which won't get access to my Macs and printers. Also iiNet recently upgraded my plan without additional cost, bringing my quota to 70GB peak and 70GB off-peak, I don't think I need to worry about the quota being used up. (Laurent and I never used more than half of our quota each month.)

Like I said, unlike beautiful Boston, picturesque Quincy and reputable Rochester, there aren't many free Wi-Fi access points around in Sydney. It it does not work out well, I will stop it.

The sign was created in Apple Pages.

(to Don: Antony is poor but he tries to be generous.)

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related blog entries:
free upgrade (29 April, 2010)
new AirPort (Simultaneous Dual Band II) (10 March, 2010)

Posted by Antony on 19 May 2010 11:55 PM | Mac hardware, all things Mac, gadget
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You can't just tell your friends what your Wi-Fi password is, like I do? It's more of a deterrent to outside access than protecting private information, unless of course you use your Wi-Fi password for something else.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 20 May 2010 2:37 AM.
What's this quota? Is it a restriction on your usage?
Posted by John Egenhofer on 20 May 2010 8:19 AM.
Don,
Of course I have no problems giving the Wi-Fi password to my friends. However, there are sometimes friend's friends, and it's a bit embarrassing when both friend and friend's friend are here, and don't feel comfortable to just provide one the access.
A Guest network keeps your main network secure, and reduces the unnecessary embarrassment.
Of course, I use different passwords for different things.
Posted by Antony on 20 May 2010 2:02 PM.
John,
Yes, the quota here means my monthly allowance for my internet traffic. With my plan, it only counted the download stream (free to upload), and if I use over the allowance, the internet speed would be 'shaped' to SLOW 256kbps. (Some other plans may simply charge customers extra instead.)
Unlike beautiful Boston, unlimited internet (quota) is very very rare here.
Posted by Antony on 20 May 2010 2:06 PM.
I still don't see what's wrong with giving both people access. As I said earlier, the Wi-Fi password serves mostly as a deterrent to ensure that nobody uses your network without your knowledge; the likelihood that your friend's friend is going to attempt to remotely access your networked machines once he's in is pretty small, I'd say, which reduces the need for a totally separate network.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 20 May 2010 11:19 PM.
Well, I might have some network connected HDDs with contents I do not wish to share. Clearly, directing people to use a separate network simply make your primary network safer, and I am sure you will argue on this. It's not just remote access, but who knows what he is doing with his device.
Posted by Antony on 21 May 2010 12:33 AM.
Oh, I see. I just wondered because I'd never heard of it. Like Don, I don't have a limit. Well, I don't know if Don does or not.
Posted by John Egenhofer on 21 May 2010 6:16 AM.
I have a limit, but it's so arbitrarily high that it's pointless for me. My transfers usually top out around 20GB a month on a good month.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 21 May 2010 1:57 PM.
Sorry Antony, didn't see your post above John's. But I would like to say this: you say I have a problem trusting my friends?
Posted by Don_HH2K on 21 May 2010 1:59 PM.
We used to have pretty limited quota here, thanks to the improvement in technology, the allowance is getting better, still nowhere as good as the States.
Don, What I said was, there are some servers etc connected to the same network. And it would be easier simply not sharing those by giving them a separate network for internet usage. However, knowing your super-secrecy style, it is not hard to image that.
Posted by Antony on 21 May 2010 6:24 PM.
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