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10 Internet Connections At Same Time 152

Posted by Soulskill
from the for-when-nine-just-don't-cut-it dept.
An anonymous reader writes "As a follow-up to the story about Verizon being forced to allow tethering, the engineers at Connectify climbed on the roof and made a video showing an 85Mbps download rate through a combination of a tethered Verizon mobile phone and all of the available open Wi-Fi networks. It's a darn shame that they cancelled the unlimited 3G on the Kindle; tether 20 of those bad boys and you could have had a real Internet connection."
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10 Internet Connections At Same Time

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:27PM (#41071231)

    You need a node on the internet that can split a single connection and send the data down the separate links. Otherwise those are just 10 separate internet connections that can only be used for separate transfers.

    Besides, if you were to use 20 3G connections at a time, you'd see significant slowdown per connection as these are in competition for the shared medium.

  • by gurps_npc (621217) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:27PM (#41071235) Homepage
    I have an old (if anything this new can be called 'old') nook that came with 3G. It has battery issues (batteries are always the first thing to go - invent a new one and rule the world).

    But I still stick with it because I like the 3G. I would rather use my old one with the heavy case and light, then buy a new one without the 3G connection that weighs half as much and has the integral light/color.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:27PM (#41071241)

    I'll tell you what I'd do, man: 10 internet connections at the same time, man.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:35PM (#41071375)

      I'd probably have to pay 45% in total taxes, "fees" and "surcharges".

      • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:38PM (#41071433)

        I'd probably have to pay 45% in total taxes, "fees" and "surcharges".

        No, at a million dollars the tax rate goes down to 13%.

        • by Jeng (926980) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:45PM (#41071533)

          No, you have to be so rich that you would never spend the money anyways to get a 13% tax rate.

        • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:46PM (#41071557)

          actually never any less than 13%

        • Sigh where are my mod points today?
    • by ericloewe (2129490) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:36PM (#41071387)

      I'd just have the local ISP supply me one of their 1Gb/s links.

    • by somarilnos (2532726) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:45PM (#41071535)
      And I think if I was a millionaire I could hook that up, too, 'cause internet connections dig dudes with money.
    • I'll tell you what I'd do, man: 10 internet connections at the same time, man.

      'cause chicks dig dudes with 10 internet connections at the same time.

    • Am I the only one that pictured 10 monitors in a circle, each showing porn, and a swivel chair in the middle?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:32PM (#41071317)

    This sounds like it would be awesome for Bittorrent. If Dispatch can make peer connections across my LTE and Cable connections, I could almost get South Korean download rates!

  • by Picass0 (147474) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:32PM (#41071325) Homepage Journal

    The reason you need to jump through hoops like this video only underscores how crappy internet service is in the US.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:34PM (#41071361)

      But even still imagine using Dispatch with TEN Google Fiber connections :)

      This technology probably still works outside the US.

    • by cpu6502 (1960974) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:54PM (#41071677)

      >>>how crappy internet service is in the US.

      Oh look.
      A member of the Entitlement Generation complaining "oh the U.S. is so sucky" while the other 6 billion people live on less than 10 dollars a week. It's like listening to a member of the elite bitch-and-moan that he's only in the top 1% of the wealthiest instead of the 0.1% wealthiest.

      FACT: The average U.S. speed is EQUAL to the average EU speed. That's right: Our cousins in the European Union have it No better than we Americans. Sure they have some states that are better, but they also have some crappy states (like Greece, Spain) that are a mere 1-2 Mbit/s.

      The only continent-spanning union that is faster is the Russian Federation (+2 Mbit/s faster than EU or US). But the U.S. average is faster than Canada. Faster than Mexico. Faster than China. Faster than Brazil. Faster than Australia. Faster than India.

      • by angel'o'sphere (80593) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @03:06PM (#41071873) Homepage Journal

        Considering the planet only has slightly over 6 billion inhabitants ....
        Averages are always meaningless numbers if the sample size is that high.
        Who cares what the average bandwith in the USA is, when 50% of the americans have less than 64 killo bandwith?

      • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @03:23PM (#41072101)

        Oh look.
        A member of the Entitlement Generation complaining "oh the U.S. is so sucky" while the other 6 billion people live on less than 10 dollars a week.

        Oh look, a member of the "you have no right to complain about anything" generation. I'm guessing you're a Baby Boomer, that generation that had as children the best mix of right and left ideas, who when they grew up into the political thinkers of the 80's who decided the rest of us weren't entitled to that.

        Generational bigotry works both ways.

        • by cpu6502 (1960974) on Wednesday August 22, 2012 @12:16PM (#41082325)

          No 80s generation. "X". You should be damn lucky we don't have a worldwide government that is a reflection of our American or European governments. The U.S. and EU governments redistribute the wealth from their top 1% down to the bottom by funding 95% of their budgets off that top 1% of earners (and then providing roads, medicare, retirement, welfare, food stamps, airplines, etc).

          If a world government existed on this same model the U.S. and EU citizens would be the ones paying 95% of the tax burden, and that money would be redistributed to poor places like Africa, India, China, South America, and so on.

      • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @03:25PM (#41072153)

        LOL this moron again with his "FACT" statements and no backup. US internet blows chunks, I'll stick with my 10 euro per month, 30MB/s connection rather than move to your little backwater.

      • by pjt33 (739471) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @03:25PM (#41072159)

        Sure they have some states that are better, but they also have some crappy states (like Greece, Spain) that are a mere 1-2 Mbit/s.

        Source? I'm in Spain and I could have 50Mbit/s if I switched to ONO. (I can't be bothered: 20Mb/s with Jazztel is good enough for me). Maybe it's 2Mb/s if you average over everyone, including those who choose to live so far out in the sticks that they don't have running water, but I'd like to see the figures.

        • by Shados (741919) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @07:18PM (#41075367)

          That's true in the us too which I think was the point. I'm in the US and can get 300mb. 75+ is fairly available. It's more expensive than in other countries but adjusted to cost of living only a few have it much cheaper
          It's still not as good as it could be but...

        • by Jesus_666 (702802) on Wednesday August 22, 2012 @01:07AM (#41077797)
          It always depends on where you live. The fastest speed I can get is 3 Mbit/s while the cheapest plan is for 6 Mbit. I'm too far away from the DSLAM for the telco to deliver the speed I pay for; while the town is too big to really cover with one DSLAM it's not big enough for the telcos to build more than one. (For the record, this is in Germany where internet is either DSL or mobile.)

          It's a rural area; I live about 40 km away from the next large city and 10 km from the next small one. That's far enough out that the villages of the region have recently teamed up with the small city such that any future network speed upgrade has to be offered everywhere - the telcos are notorious for upgrading the cities' networks every few years and then declaring widespread high-speed internet coverage while upgrading rural networks only if absolutely neccessary. In fact, some villages in the area still have nothing faster than ISDN for landline internet. (Luckily, mobile connectivity is more strictly regulated and thus places without usable DSL can end up having decent enough HSPA.)

          What Europe does have is more competition in the telco market so we don't get things like the ridiculously bad mobile plans Americans use.
        • by Krneki (1192201) on Wednesday August 22, 2012 @10:10AM (#41080607)
          And what is your upload speed?
        • by cpu6502 (1960974) on Wednesday August 22, 2012 @12:37PM (#41082633)

          My Source is speedtest.net which tests billions of connections around the globe. There are many areas of the EU, just like the US, that are stuck with slow dialup or ISDN connections. So while I and you mght be able to 50 Mbit/s lines, many people can not, and that drags down the union average.

          And yes the U.S. has states that are faster than EU states. If you live in California or Washington or Maryland your average net speed is faster than all 27 EU states except Sweden. So if you have crap internet at your current location, just pick-up and move.

      • by Picass0 (147474) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @03:46PM (#41072479) Homepage Journal

        I'm going to go out on a limb and guess than since I'm 44 years old there's a good chance older than you, so don't talk down to me like I'm your junior.

        I didn't burn a flag so stop implying things about my political leanings. I only said internet speeds in the US don't fare well against benchmarks from around the world and that's the truth. That will change if Google Fiber goes widespread.

        Stop injecting politics into crap that's not political. I'm not alone in being sick of people talk like they're on a cable TV debate program. I was discussing internet bandwidth, not the November general election.

        If I were eating and said "MMM, good cheeseburger!" you'll find a f'ing way to make it about Obama. You know what? Forget everything I just said. What I really should have typed is short and sweet:

        STFU

      • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @03:49PM (#41072541)

        FACT: The average U.S. speed is EQUAL to the average EU speed.

        [citation needed]

      • by Zlib pt (820294) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @03:58PM (#41072671)
        States? is the EU a country now?
      • by gitano_dbs (1490853) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @04:43PM (#41073389) Homepage

        That's right: Our cousins in the European Union have it No better than we Americans. Sure they have some states that are better, but they also have some crappy states (like Greece, Spain) that are a mere 1-2 Mbit/s

        I am on ONO at Spain paying for the 50mb/5Mb plan, they offered me a month ago a upgrade to 75Mb/5Mb, the price was 1 year permanency more, same money. Just did that quick test for you http://www.speedtest.net/result/2132615837.png [speedtest.net] . ONO its a cable company pretty spread at Spain, so i call bullshit to your "facts" , care to provide any source ?

      • by TheUnFounded (731123) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @04:55PM (#41073609)
        [citation needed]
      • Entitlement Generation? I must have missed the part where the poster said something about expecting it for free.

        Even with its flaws, I'm thankful to have a fast Internet connection at all. But it could be much better.

      • by rebelwarlock (1319465) on Wednesday August 22, 2012 @12:33AM (#41077615)
        So everyone who doesn't live in the US lives on $10 a week? You, sir, are fucking retarded. On one hand, I'd like you to leave that shithole of a country you think is #1, but on the other hand, it's probably better for everyone else in the world if you don't.
      • by Ecuador (740021) on Wednesday August 22, 2012 @03:44AM (#41078443) Homepage

        Sure they have some states that are better, but they also have some crappy states (like Greece, Spain) that are a mere 1-2 Mbit/s.

        Wow, wow wow.
        Just wow.
        FACT: Parent post is full of SH*T
        I am Greek and spent 6 years in NY (until 2009). I lived in Brooklyn and in Queens and worked in Manhattan in two locations - Chelsea and Upper West side. In all four locations mentioned, the fastest internet connection you could get was either cable at around $50-$60 for 5Mbps down 384kbps up (useless) or the more decent dsl at 3Mbps down/ 768kbps up for around $40. At the same time, my uncle in a tiny (50 inhabitants) village in a remote Greek island was getting more than 10Mbps DSL at the same price. My friends in Athens (home of almost half the Greek population) could enjoy even lower rates and even higher speeds (up to 24Mbps if you were very lucky, but most were at around 12-15). Also you get a 3G signal almost everywhere (including the subway and islands), and we are talking about real 3G here with downloads starting at 3-4Mbps if you are not at the edge of the signal range (even back in 2009 from when I can make a direct comparison). Compare that to my T-Mobile phone not working at all once I would leave the city, and my Verizon phone giving me (at least until 2009) the "awesomest" sub-Mbps speeds...
        Yes, Greece is among the crappiest European states when it comes to internet connections and broadband penetration (old people here just don't use PCs), and connection speeds and prices are so much better in most of the rest of Europe. So, imagine how crappy US is when it is even worse than Greece - it almost made me want to cry. Sure, if you are in a few select markets you could get something like OO or FIOS, but for the millions upon millions in NYC that was no consolation.
        Oh, I remember the last year I was in the US (2009), SpeakEasy DSL became available at our Upper West side location. $160/month (hey it is "business") for DSL2 (for those who don't follow it is the main service I described for Athens - up to 24Mbps, but usually around 12-15 depending your distance from the DSL center).

    • by grumpyman (849537) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @03:37PM (#41072377)
      It comes with Google (TM) Internet.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:36PM (#41071393)

    cool

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:37PM (#41071417)

    Wintel only for now. This was needed 10 years ago when all you could get was 10 dial-up lines.

    JJ

  • by Jeng (926980) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:41PM (#41071483)

    Ok, so they made a download of 85Mbps, is this impressive due to the speed, or the complexity?

    Also, how fast is the Ethernet connection on it's own?

    All in all, they hooked up all of these networking cards:

            7 USB Wi-Fi Cards
            USB 3G Modem
            4G Tethered Smartphone
            Ethernet Connection

  • by cpu6502 (1960974) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:43PM (#41071507)

    I regularly read facebook or googlemail. I've not noticed it being switched off? I do feel a bit ripped-off though. I bought the 3G version (instead of the cheaper wifi) specifically because the amazon description advertised webbrowsing over the connection. Now suddenly they've taken away that function. (ponder) Maybe if I ask for a store credit, I can return the 3G and get the cheaper wifi instead.

  • by Joe_Dragon (2206452) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:53PM (#41071647)

    likely even faster if not useing USB to link them all.

  • FINALLY!!! (Score:5, Funny)

    by jemenake (595948) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @02:57PM (#41071723)
    ... a use for all of the wireless passwords in my neighborhood that I've cracked! All of my neighbors (individually) have slower connections than I do.

    On a side note, it always would irk me that Windows XP, if you gave it more than 1 path to the internet, would be unable to get to the internet at all.
  • by bwintx (813768) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @03:00PM (#41071773)
    From now on, will a link to this story substitute for the fabled "Beowulf cluster" meme? We shall see.
  • Webramp (Score:4, Interesting)

    by CambodiaSam (1153015) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @03:23PM (#41072119)
    I played with one of these back in the 90s that did the same thing. http://www.speedguide.net/reviews/webramp-700s-89 [speedguide.net]
  • by brainzach (2032950) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @03:31PM (#41072271)

    Interesting concept, but I don't see the practical use.

    How many times do you need that fast of Internet connection on the go AND have access to several unsecured WiFi hotspots at the same time?

    One fast reliable WiFi connection is a simpler solution that accomplishes the same thing.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @04:40PM (#41073337)

      It happens all the time when you're out on a boat. Example: http://setsail.com/efficient-versatile-easy-to-use-communications-what-is-the-answer-for-cruisers/

      You show up in a new port. There are 6 WiFi stations, 2 of which sort-of kind-of work. There's a weak 3G signal that's fast for a few minutes, then gone for a while. There's a strong 2G signal but it's slow. There's a satellite phone, which is pricey.

      A device that can aggregate all of these flaky connections into one reasonably stable data stream is a Very Good Idea.

      (posting AC from work, still on duty...)

  • by magarity (164372) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @03:44PM (#41072469)

    Someone needs to smack the twit who tethered his Kindle. As if Amazon wouldn't notice. Many times I've used my Kindle's lousy browser as a backup; if they crank down the usage or eliminate it because of this he needs to hope I never catch him unaware. How hard is it to just use a free bonus service in a device as a free bonus service in the device?

  • by erraticus (2461588) on Tuesday August 21, 2012 @07:20PM (#41075395)
    A time ago I played with a linux box and 4 cable modem (each had a different IP). It just were a load balancing with the kernel routing tables. I remember that BitTorrent was the sole thing where I could get the total speed being the sum of each link. The problem was that the routes are cached by session (dhost, dport I think) so parallel HTTP/FTP download of a file would go through the same link. However, routes expiring gave me problems with some services which doesn't like your IP to change.
  • by Chalnoth (1334923) on Wednesday August 22, 2012 @09:24AM (#41080049)
    So, one tenth the speed of Google Fiber? Makes me almost wish I lived in Kansas City...

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