Peer2Peer Bandwidth to Improve ResidentialBroadband Speed
An article in the New York Times talks about new wifi technology that creates a wireless mesh between users so that bandwidth can be shared and download speeds improved by up to 10 times.
This raises some interesting questions when it comes to implementing such a network and indeed how the equipment is sold.
While positioned as a piece of equipment that could reduce the need for network upgrades at the ISP, it is being sold as a consumer product. The fact that these mesh nodes require others to also install the equipment in order to share the load, creates a huge challenge when it comes to marketing. Not only does Mushroom Networks or website have to sell a piece of networking equipment to a consumer, for it to work, they need to find other customers within range of another node.
Unlike wifi routers where users can leech bandwidth, Mushroom and WiBoost need multiple customers within wifi range to deliver the promised benefits.
What happens if your peered neighbor moves...$200-300 spent on hardware is no longer useful.