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[Ham-80211] Why? (was Handoff between access point? )

Alex Fraser beatnic at comcast.net
Wed Nov 24 14:43:03 UTC 2004

Possible technically, but not doable at this time by hams.  I don't 
think this is done by any part 15 groups either.   You would have to 
jump through some hoops to do it commercially, profit might be a problem!
    Technical of course is one issue, but political is another not often 
discussed.  Who would set up this network? Would it be an existing club? 
Or perhaps an association of clubs? Would a new department of the local 
repeater coordinating committee be needed?  Spontaneous small 
associations of  experimenters might be able to do a network locally, 
but would have to evolve to meet the manning requirements of a larger 
network. BTW I do think a small group could do it, but of course not for 
any length of time. Do you think a small spark could start a prairie fire?
    One asset hams have and I have not seen discussed is the 
organisation we already have. In many ways we are playing catch up in 
radio networking, but we are way ahead in not for profit social 
structure.  The ability to run a ham fest to fund a years worth of 
projects or to actually collect yearly dues is amazing.  We are also 
organized nationally. 
    In most instances when I promote HSMM to hams the question I get is 
not how, but why? We must approach the construction of networks as a 
social problem.

Carl Walthall wrote:

> Hi All
> If a person setup a large 802.11b network under part 97 city wide with 
> multiple access points running infrastructure.  Could a person with a 
> laptop in their car drive from one end to the other without losing 
> connection? In other words, could the network be setup to handoff the 
> connection from access point to access point the same as a cell phone 
> would (Mobile IP)? I am sure its not the same, but could you stay 
> connect as long as your getting a strong signal from a access point? I 
> would also like to know the best place to read up on this subject?
> Thanks in advance
> Carl Walthall
>ham-80211 mailing list
>ham-80211 at lists.tapr.org

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