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WasabiNet at Wireless Summit Vienna!

on Thu, 08/12/2010 - 2:43pm

Ben West, co-founder of the mesh wifi network WasabiNet, will be presenting this weekend at at the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks (IS4CWN) in Vienna, Austria.  Ben will be co-presenting with Josh King from CUWiN in a panel entitled A Recipe for Digital Inclusion.  This trip was made possible with a generous travel stipend granted to the author by the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative.

During the trip across the Atlantic, Amsterdam greeted the author with a neat wind turbine farm just off the coast, just before he met Vic Hayes on the plane

Aurora Borealis, shining down to Dallas!

on Tue, 08/03/2010 - 3:30pm
Northen Lights
"Solar storms could give Americans from Montana to Maine a rare chance to view the Northern Lights tonight and Wednesday night.
The Aurora Borealis, commonly seen over northern Canada and Alaska, could be viewable farther south than usual the next couple of nights, scientists say. That means they might be visible from parts of Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Maine."
So says Harvard.  This tweet, however, places the aurorae in Kansas!  Keep looking up!

Ben brings the (homemade) Noise to SCOSAG, explains WasabiNet

on Sat, 07/10/2010 - 3:33pm

"Yesterday technology guru Ben West dropped into SCOSAG with a slew of handmade instruments and sound transformators. Upcycling signage he constructed a tubaesque instrument that amplifies sound waves which he shared with campers. ...

"Ben talked about the transformation from sounds to soundwaves to amplification. A concept that he then applied to his Wasabi Net Project, a St Louis based Internet Mesh that's broadcasting free WiFi to several St Louis neighborhoods using wasabi pea cans as antennas ontop of roofs.

WasabiNet in the Press 6/18 - 6/25/10

on Fri, 06/25/2010 - 3:56pm

WasabiNet has found itself in the press, both local and national, over the past week.  Here is a round-up of all that's been going on!

Why I'd Choose St. Louis for Google's Gigabit Fiber Project (Phil Shapiro article in PC World)

Why St. Louis Works for Google's Gigabit Fiber Project (Network World)

PC World Magazine Puts in a Good Word for St. Louis' Google Fiber Bid (River Front Times)

PC World plugs Mesh Networks, Wireless Conference, and WasabiNet!

on Fri, 06/18/2010 - 4:06pm

Why I'd Choose St. Louis for Google's Gigabit Fiber Project
by Phil Shapiro

"The economics of mesh networks is fascinating and holds out the promise of bringing basic Internet connectivity to all residents of a neighborhood at a minimal cost – and for some residents, at no cost. When I heard about Google's plans to bring gigabit fiber-optic Internet to a given number of communities in the United States, I started monitoring which communities had existing plans to roll out mesh networks.

WasabiNet founder(s) to Present @ Arch Reactor 6/19

on Fri, 06/18/2010 - 4:02pm

At least half of WasabiNet founders (Ben West) will be presenting the mesh network at the Arch Reactor Open House Saturday 6/19, which runs 4pm-11pm. More detail below... UPDATE: Proposal attached in PDF below

Arch Reactor Hackerspace invites you to our 2nd open house.... this time in our new and improved location in the Jefferson Underground building!
DATE:  Saturday, June 19th
TIME:  4pm to 11pm
LOCATION:  Jefferson Underground, 2400 S. Jefferson Ave. (enter from parking lot on the North side of the building and follow the signs to the 2nd floor)
Are you a

Met US Rep. Russ Carnahan today! Introduced him to WasabiNet.

on Thu, 06/10/2010 - 4:08pm

This morning I (Ben West) had the wonderful opportunity, along with local bloggers / activists Adam ShriverErich Vieth, and Eric Hoffpauir, to chat with Congressman Russ Carnahan and his communications director Sara Howard about issues related to Net Neutrality.  It was a productive discussion and I look forward to seeing how it progresses.  I also introduced Congressman Carnahan and Mrs. Howard to WasabiNet, and invited them to come to Cherokee St. for the next Cindo de Mayo (if not sooner).

A Recipe for Digital Inclusion and Wasabi Molé, a Workshop Proposal

on Wed, 06/02/2010 - 4:11pm

Here is panel workshop which I've proposed for the upcoming International Summit for Community Wireless Networks, to be held in Vienna, Austria this August.  The conference will feature keynote speaker Vic Hayes, the "Father of Wifi," Sascha Meinrath of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative (and founding member of WasabiNet inspiration, and Joel Kelsey of the Consumer's Union.  Fingers & toes crossed that I get accepted ...

"The challenge of bringing Broadband to underserved populations is often defined at a high level, i.e.

WasabiNet on Your Local Messenger

on Thu, 03/25/2010 - 4:16pm
Your Local is an online neighborhood newspaper that connects residents, businesses and people interested in Soulard, Benton Park, Lafayette Square and surrounding neighborhoods.

"The area around Cherokee Street in Benton Park West is seeing the growth of WasabiNet, an intelligent wifi infrastructure that offers community, Mesh-Node wifi, internet access to residents and businesses."

Check out the whole story here!

Why yes, we do have a Cantenna.

on Tue, 03/09/2010 - 3:19pm

Although WasabiNet generally prefers to use prefabricated antennas, since we're sometimes lazy, we can still nevertheless kick it old school with homemade cantennas.  After all, the name WasabiNet comes from the convenient fact that cans of wasabi peas sold from a nearby international food store are an ideal geometry for cantennas.

When All Allong Press moved down the street, this temporary rig was our contribution to their storefront art gallery.

For techies, that is a spaghetti sauce can, a freecycled tripod, and a Ubiquiti Bullet2 router/amplifier.