July 10th, 2004


Initital reaction to Woosh

Little-known trivia: I never intended to use JetStream forever. It was a stop-gap measure to get an always-on internet connection to host my web site because at the time (January 2001), the Walker Wireless technicians deemed the reception at my place to be too atrocious.

With that out of the way, it should come as no surprise that I'm deciding finally to be rid of JetStream. Its costs, especially the traffic excess cost, has become too high to be comfortable. For months I've heard about this new service called Woosh that Walker Wireless (or whatever they're calling themselves now) released to provide wireless broadband access to mainstream users. So I thought, why not try now?

Luckily, the reception is quite usable now from the same location. (I'm posting this via my Woosh connection, for example.) The speeds have been good so far, and VNC is still tolerable (i.e., no slower than with my JetStream connection, which suggests that latencies lay elsewhere).

Also on the bright side, current indications suggest that they don't use transparent proxying. (All I'm going to say is that if you're being transparently proxied, you're not getting real internet access. I already run a web cache in my network, and don't need another one upstream.)

However, setting this up hasn't been without struggles (especially if you're a Linux user, as I am). The rest of the article talk about these. Read if you're a geek.

Setting up Woosh, the hard wayCollapse )Notice to those hosting domains on my machineCollapse )
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