Project

Viral BroadBand

Groups

Broadband architecture is optimized for asymmetric, client-server computing applications. While ample downstream capacity is offered to subscribers, the upstream capacity is limited. As a result, emerging peer-to-peer and dynamic applications cannot easily reach residential end-users; innovation is limited in the edge of the network. The objective of the Viral Broadband project is to build a viral network that compliments existing broadband infrastructure in order to provide symmetric networking capabilities. We experiment with parasitic wireless network infrastructure deployed from the bottom up by end users.

Broadband architecture is optimized for asymmetric, client-server computing applications. While ample downstream capacity is offered to subscribers, the upstream capacity is limited. As a result, emerging peer-to-peer and dynamic applications cannot easily reach residential end-users; innovation is limited in the edge of the network. The objective of the Viral Broadband project is to build a viral network that compliments existing broadband infrastructure in order to provide symmetric networking capabilities. We experiment with parasitic wireless network infrastructure deployed from the bottom up by end users.