I've been traveling around the U.S. this summer doing speed checks and ease
of use and atmosphere at different WiFi locations. I've been using Toastnet
and bandwidth.com to check speeds. I believe they have a ton of data that
you might be able to use.
That leads to the suggestion of setting up a webpage that people could use
to help build their own maps and to help you create mega-maps. You could
offer them simple speed tests or annotated maps.
Or some good homemade cookies like Mom used to make. Seriously, look at how
well the SETI folks and others are doing on just having folks volunteer. It
> Dear all
> For the last few years, I have set my students an assignment to use
> ping/traceroute to look at routes and performance to various places on the
> Internet, draw annotated maps, and reach various conclusions. They have
> always found it very interesting.
> For the last year I have been fighting with various packet filters that
> have been stopping me doing this. I have now reached an impasse and can't
> get traceroute to work at all (I have tried ICMP, UDP or TCP based versions).
> As ping still works, it seems to me that my University (or their ISP) are
> filtering the "TTL Exceeded" reply. I am trying to get them to remove this,
> but I need a fallback position in case they won't.
> Does anyone have any ideas for other equivalent things I can do that aren't
> so susceptible to firewall interference.
> Andrew Young Work: [log in to unmask]
> School of Computing, Science and Engineering Tel: 0161 295 5257
> University of Salford Fax: 0870 056 2359
> Manchester M5 4WT