OpenHazuki (the network for the people, by the people)

About

This is OpenHazuki, a volunteer-run network that we think will be one of the biggest WiFi networks out there.

General

Who's the current management?

OpenHazuki is currently run by two people right now: Raymond ("Cyanoacry") Jimenez, and Thomas ("Kaori") Gallen.

What are you guys trying to do?

We're trying to make one of the largest freely-run networks out there. It's not as if we're trying to take over the Internet—that comes later. Right now, we're just setting up a network we can use to research things, such as routing protocols, wireless drawbacks and inequalities to wired, and other miscellaneous items. To be honest, it's like a tech playground of sorts. We're also doing to show that it can be done—the technology exists for a large scale volunteer-run WAN, but nobody's done it as of yet.

Who are the volunteers?

Anybody can volunteer if they're willing to put in the time. We'll teach them if they want to learn, otherwise, we can set it up and manage their resources for them.

How, exactly, do you intend to actually pull this off?

We'll try to recruit people who have technical experience at first, and then once we've got a decent set of people who we can trust and run the network with, we can then go off and see about recruiting people that want to learn how to do things like this (but have no knowledge at present). In the midst of all this, I think we can still manage to put nodes in laymen's areas if they're interested in the idea and don't mind passively supporting us by just donating a rooftop.

What will the network be able to do?

Hopefully, it'll be a lasting example of many short links working together to provide a long mode of transit, as opposed to the current model of running lots and lots of long fiber everywhere. Other than that, there's the fact that the speed on the network (should) increase as there are more nodes—making it possible for people interested in highspeed data transfer to join the network, giving them a conduit better than the internet, and more free than any other ISP should be able to provide.

What kind of links between nodes are you looking at?

Right now, the primary consideration is cost versus distance, and because of that, our main choice for the links will most likely be 802.11a/b/g, due to the fact that the hardware is relatively cheap and runs at decent bandwidths. For really short links, it may be viable to run Ethernet from one building to the next or something similar.

For places we haven't been able to reach yet, we'll be able to do IP tunneling—that way, if someone wants to join our network, but is in the middle of nowhere with no adjacent nodes, we can setup a link to them regardless. They won't get the speed benefits or the independence-from-ISP benefits, but it's a nice tradeoff.

Do you ever intend to connect to the Internet?

In the beginning, Internet connectivity on the network will be spotty and patchy—without varied connections to the Internet, the entire idea of the network is useless. If we are ever fortunate enough to get an ARIN experemental IP/ASN allocation and multiple peering hosts, we just might start providing ISP services for users in rural areas that might not otherwise be reachable.

Do you intent to turn profit from this thing?

No. It's an ideological dream, not a business machine. Cyanoacry is doing this because he loves the technology.

Hasn't this done before?

Yeah, it has. However, there currently isn't one in the local vicinity of Los Angeles/Pasadena/Duarte, so we're trying (at the very least) to get out here. For example, some of the other wireless projects like ours include CONSUME, SFLAN, and SeattleWireless.

Naming

What's up with all the weird names? OpenHazuki? Lucy? Nanoha?

The names are a result of the main administrators' perchant for Japanese animation.

OpenHazuki is derived from the character Hazuki in the series Tsukuyomi ~Moon Phase~. She's a very cute vampire drawn in the Gothic Lolita style. Except happier.

Questions/Comments

Have any more questions?

Email cyanoacry at raymond@naru.wsyntax.com.