Updated: 6 August
Chebucto Wireless to soon go live!
Chebucto Community Net's new wifi highspeed internet access has been named
Chebucto Wireless, a service of the Chebucto Community Net. The
first two nodes distributing the signal have been chosen and equipment
installation is expected to occur later this week. In recent onsite tests
of the transmitting equipment a clear high speed internet connection was
made over 510 metres away from the rooftop Fenwick Place transmitter with
an ordinary laptop computer with no external antenna.
The Chebucto Community Net plans to bring non-profit high-speed Internet
to the metro Halifax area by building a mesh network of wireless
nodes hosted by users themselves.
Chebucto Wireless would offer free public access to local metro and
government websites and full Internet access to Chebucto Plus level
memberships, currently $100 per year for individuals.
The areas to be served by the new wireless access will be determined by
the residents of metro themselves.
Chebucto is looking for residents able to host wireless nodes, the
cornerstone of the network, and when we get enough nodes in a
neighbourhood, we can look at bringing network access where it is needed.
A node sign-up form is online
Chebucto's project was the cover
story of The Coast's August 3, 2006 issue. It was
first announced to members at the Annual General Meeting this past
Quarterly membership plans dropped
As of July, 2007 Chebucto Plus Quarterly memberships are no longer being
offered. All Chebucto Plus memberships are once again one-year terms
payable in advance. Users with existing Chebucto Plus Quarterly
memberships in good standing can renew their memberships until their
normal annual expiry date but must renew as a regular one-year membership
after that. Chebucto Plus Quarterly members can contact the Chebucto office for
information on their membership expiry dates.
First introduced two years ago, quarterly memberships were one year
memberships broken up into four payments to allow lower income people to
sign up for PPP access without having to have the entire membership fee up
front. What seemed a good idea at the time turned into an unsupportable
administrative burden. Few lower income people took advantage of the plan
while many higher income people used it as temporary short-term internet
Text service dialup now 56K!
After months of testing, Chebucto's dialup text service has been upgraded
to 56K. Actual connection speeds will depend upon phone line conditions,
terminal software and modem but there should be a significant improvement
in connection speed and reliability for users with 56K modems.
The upgrade is one of a number of recently implemented technical
improvements at Chebucto. The new 56K lines may require terminal program
users to have to press Enter or Return an extra time when first dialing in
to bring up the usual login screen.
Help promote Chebucto!
We need your help. We invite our members and supporters to
help promote the Chebucto Community Net in the community by printing
off and distributing Chebucto brochures and posters from our website.
We have added a new brochure for promoting our new wireless service in
Chebucto services maintenance window
The Chebucto Technical Committee wishes to advise Chebucto users of
upcoming regularly scheduled planned maintenance downtimes. Chebucto
Community Net services may be unavailable between 3:30 AM and
4:30 AM Tuesdays to allow for system upgrades. Some or all Chebucto
services may go down with minimum or no warning during this maintenance
window as systems are shut down and restarted.
Chebucto Community Net RSS how-to guide
Chebucto Community Net has posted a guide on how to use our RSS
news feed here:
Our RSS feed is our way of letting people know fast about important
software updates and security alerts as well as new developments at
Chebucto. Stay informed with the news as soon as we have it ourselves with
our RSS news feed.
Updated - Recommended software list
With the recent interest in Internet security and the rise in various
exploits meant to take over user machines, the Chebucto Office has
compiled this list of recommended software for user computers running
Web browser: Mozilla Firefox free from Mozilla.org
Current version: 184.108.40.206.
Email client: Mozilla Thunderbird free from Mozilla.org
Current version: 220.127.116.11.
All-in-one web browser, email client,
web page editor: Mozilla
SeaMonkey free from
Current version: 1.1.4.
free and paid versions from Lavasoft.de
A-Squared free and paid versions from
Spybot: Search & Destroy free from Safer-networking.org
Firewall: Zone Alarm free and paid versions from Zonelabs.com
Free anti-virus programs for home users (Note that both of these
programs also have paid versions which offer additional features):
FTP Software: FileZilla free from FileZilla.SourceForge.net
RSS Newsfeed Reader: RSSOwl free from
SSH Client: Putty free from
The Chebucto Office does not recommend using the Internet Explorer web
browser for any use except for accessing Microsoft's own Windows Update page. The
popular web browser has been repeatedly successfully targetted by virus
writers in particular seeking to break into home computers to use them for
criminal purposes such as sending out spam, sending out viruses to break
into other computers and being used to disrupt services on other computer
After many reports
about vulnerabilities for Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express email
programs, and the constant stream of user complaints about randomly
altered program settings and difficulty using the program, the Chebucto
Community Net Office and the Chebucto Technical Committee recommend our
users do not use either Outlook or Outlook Express as their email program.
Keeping Microsoft Windows up to date is also very important. Windows XP
users should have Service Pack 2 installed. All Microsoft Windows users
should make a point of using Internet Explorer to visit the Microsoft
Windows Update site
at least once a month and download all critical updates.
Cool Chebucto hats available!
We have available these excellent quality Chebucto
Community Net hats. Click on photo to see larger version. These
fashionable stone coloured washed cotton Chino twill hats are low fitting
with adjustable strap and antique silver ring buckle for a perfect fit
and are embroidered with the Chebucto Community Net logo and web address.
Machine washable and drip dry with a pre curved peak, this hat will
provide years of comfortable wear as well as showing your support for
Halifax's own one-of-a-kind independent Community Net.
You can get your very own Chebucto Community Net hat from the
Chebucto office for
$20 or we can mail it out to you for an additional $10.
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