To answer your second question: No, we don't sell internet.
The Potchefstroom Community Network is a non-profit grassroots effort by
members of the community to provide a broadband network between it's members,
using inexpensive off-the-shelf (WiFi) radio networking equipment, operating in
the license-exempt 2.4GHz frequency spectrum.
In plain english - we are creating a fast, affordable network that can be
used for collaboration, instant messaging, live video and audio streaming, file
sharing and gaming between members of the local community. Have a look at the
Resources section to see some of the services
In good coverage areas, this network is orders of magnitude faster than most
commercial broadband offerings, and apart from purchasing your own inexpensive
radio networking equipment, and a little effort to get it up and running, it
will essentially be free to use - e.g. there is no subscription or rental to be
paid. For those interested in the numbers, normal throughput speed varies
between 1Mb/s and 20Mb/s, and latency is generally under 20ms. Highly
desirable, indeed. Note: Being a radio network, these figures are
heavily dependent on good signal strength.
Instructions for connecting to the network is under Connect!, and if you were wondering about the type of
equipment to use, have a look at the Equipment