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Challenge: Set up shared wireless broadband for 6 houses

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Muswellite, Feb 13, 2013.

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  1. Muswellite

    Muswellite Thread Starter

    Feb 13, 2013
    I live in a little gated mews of six houses in London. Fortunately, my neighbours are all awesome and we get on really well.

    Currently, we all have separate broadband, phone and TV packages arranged with various ISPs, but I think this is inefficient. My challenge is to find out if it would be possible for the six households to behave like a business and get a single shared broadband line that we could all connect to wirelessly. This should allow us to get a much higher bandwidth for a lower price. I am not worried about phone line or TV at this stage, as we can't really share them.

    All six houses are in an L shape around a courtyard. The greatest distance between houses is about 20 metres.

    If we were to collectively get something like Virgin Media's 100mb Fibre Broadband, (http://store.virginmedia.com/broadband/compare-broadband/100mb.html) would it be possible to set up a powerful wifi router in one of the houses, or outside in a dedicated shelter, that all houses would be able to connect to without suffering range or signal strength problems?

    If so, what router would you use? Would you set up wireless bridges in every house? And how would it be best secured?

    Any other tips much appreciated!
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Contact one or more ISPs and see if they offer a service (probably business class) for that type of setup. If they offer that service they probably also have support for getting started.

    If you do get a service like that and need more help from us please include a link to the ISP's terms of service.
  3. Muswellite

    Muswellite Thread Starter

    Feb 13, 2013
    I've contacted a number of business ISPs, but they mostly want to install separate phone lines into each house (expensive), whereas the whole point of this exercise was to share bandwidth and save money.

    The only ISP that can provide 100mb fibre to our location is Virgin Media. These are their Terms of Service: http://store.virginmedia.com/the-le...ditions-for-fibre-optic-services.html#general

    What seems our most likely, cost-effective option at the moment is to get 100mb fibre from Virgin into one of the houses or a purpose-built cabinet in the courtyard and all connect to it wirelessly. That's really what I need help with. What are the technical challenges of doing this with readily available and affordable consumer gear?
  4. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    theres quite a lot of use of the word home in those T&Cs defined as
    The other consideration is the DIGITAL ECONOMY ACT 2010

    whoever is responsible for the service, will be responsible for the content downloaded. So beware that if anyone of the six households, friends, family, children who use the service , download , copyright material , certain types of pornography , you may be prosecuted and of course would have little or no control over, how other people use the service

    Also if anyone started using P2P and used a lot of the bandwidth , others would not be able to do a lot on the web, so you would need some QoS system in the router to share the bandwidth.

    For example lots of TVs are now smart and you can watch HD movies via the internet, also PS3's allow this activity and use the "on demand" services.
    This maybe how some of the houses use the service and watch all their TV (my son does this now on his HD TV ) and then the other household may not obtain a good download speed.
    just some things to consider - you will see this question on "bandwidth sharing" appear a lot in this forum, just with households of 4 people sharing a 20mb download speed.
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