Jonathan Schmidt wrote: > I understand that GOOGLE has a proprietary piece of client software. > Perhaps it's secured.
Are you thinking of the stuff that was (very briefly) available from wifi.google.com, or something else? (Note: The above URL now just redirects to the g00gle home page, but there was stuff available for download there briefly.) That software wasn't anything special, it was basically a VPN client. The "secure access" software just negotiates a random username and password, then it's completely standard L2TP VPN from there on out. It creates a "vpn.google.com" widget in Network Connections (assuming you're using Windows, of course). Also, bear in mind that Google is based in the San Fran area, and they may well be interested primarily/only in that location. (Suppose Google pays for employees' home Internet access as a corporate perk, which sounds very much in-character for them. If they can get 2/3 of their employees on this network, and stop having to pay for a few thousand employees' DSL or cable modem connections, that's obviously in their and their shareholders' best interest.) Until there's some evidence to the contrary, "Google bids on wifi contract for San Fran" isn't any more or less newsworthy than any other company bidding on a contract. P.S. when did it become popular to hate on Google? I must have missed that memo, and I need to be up on all the popular trends because I'm hip and funky and poppin' fresh. David Smith MVN.net -- WISPA Wireless List: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/