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New startups promote high-speed neighborhood networks

1/17/2006 11:53:14 AM, by Nate Anderson

Two new startups hope to increase the speed of both DSL and cable broadband connections by enabling users to share their connections with each other. Mushroom Networks (San Diego) and WiBoost Inc. (Seattle) have developed technology that they claim can boost download speeds up to a factor of 10. How does it work? Well, consider two neighbors, both of whom have broadband and Wi-Fi routers. One of them purchases and installs a special router from either Mushroom or WiBoost that connect to the access points in both homes. Both neighbors use the new router as their primary access point, and when they access the Internet, the router uses the full bandwidth of both connections. Sound good? Sure it does

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