Build a Proof of Concept : Internet Power-Hub. Get Free Internet


Introduction: Build a Proof of Concept : Internet Power-Hub. Get Free Internet

Extend your network, create a private sub-network, provide wireless functionality to non-wireless devices, redistribute a public signal, or encrypt your connection to protect your privacy. - These are a few of the abilities of the POC and benefits of having one.
This guide describes it's uses and explains how you can easily make your own for cheap.

A Proof-of-Concept acts as a single point-of-connection that allows you to use an existing wireless signal to provide an active internet connection to any or all of your 'internet-friendly' devices. It can be used to provide free internet to your home if there are public (unencrypted) wifi signals in the area. It is illegal to connect to a private/encrypted network without the owners consent however public/unencrypted networks are legal and free to use.

The guide is rather long and includes a number of images and screen-shots so here is a direct link to the full guide and additional information :

I have also attached diagram to display how it works.



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    9 Discussions

    Any reason this doesn't just use a wifi card in the pc?

    You can, using a 3rd party software like NAT32 also helps. The internal router is to create a private sub-network with all the functionality usually provided by a standard router. Using a POC allows you to change things about the network and it's behavior that are otherwise unavailable.

    I'm curious why you didn't just use a wireless router configured as a wireless bridge. I don't know that a stock linksys has the option, but flashing with DD-WRT, I know it does. Lots smaller and less complicated than your POC.

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    As mentioned, it's functionality is similar to that of a wireless repeater / bridge but the POC is much more configurable and is capable of much more than the standard router. A list of possible uses are displayed on the POC site - not all of which are supported by the standard router.

    Just because it's unencrypted doesn't mean it's free to use. In some places it's a felony. People have been prosecuted under this law in the US

    Like this fella a while back

    Chances of getting caught are tiny, especially these days, as just because I'm sitting outside someones house surfing the net on my laptop doesn't mean I'm ripping their signal, I use my android phone to wifi tether these days.

    However you are giving legal advice when you really shouldn't. And with that I advise anyone reading this to find out the applicable law for their region. I'm not a Lawyer, and this post isn't legal advice!

    Looks easy enough, I'm going to build one. Has anyone else made one of these? Can I use any router for it?

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    Yup. Any router should work as long as it allows you to set a static IP address for the internet (WAN port). This is a pretty standard function and is available in any router that I've used. In the POCs in the images, I am using 2 different d-link routers.