Hardware hacking is good for business
Routers are, for all their specific quirks, just computers. Like your desktop, phone, or a server.
Althea Development Update #83: Rust static binaries and OpenWRT
A four car pileup of complex codebases, starting with static binary building on Rust.
Althea Development Update #82: Direct router deposit with Wyre!
With the new Beta 11 release users can now use the Wyre widget to buy and send funds directly to their router. We've been dreaming about a system like this for a very
Althea Development Update #81: Phone client Beta 0 and the many fixes of router Beta 11
Without further delay, here is the Althea for Android app. You will need to use it with Beta 11 RC6 or later of the Althea router firmware. You can find a list of supported routers here.
Althea Development Update #80: Phone client networking, MCD upgrade
Happy new year everyone! Since my last blog post I've managed to implement the alternate network design I proposed. Phone client design proposed in update #79, now implemented and functionalThe major hudles where
Althea Development Update #79: Things Android won't let you do
Android devices as IPv6 mesh network participantsRecently we've been working on a phone client for Althea. Our first design was to have every phone as a Babel node, advertising it's own routes and
Althea Development Update #78: Building a phone client
It would be great for people to be able to buy a connection directly via their phone. You can’t really compete on price with something people already own.
Althea Development Update #77: Hiding in plain sight
Since our last update I’ve encountered a couple of bugs where the problem had been hiding in plain sight. In one case for weeks and another for a year or more. Discovering root causes long term subtle bugs is both satisfying and important to create a better product.
Althea Development Update #76: Automatic connection tuning
Now we're exploring that we can do with multihomed users and connections
Althea Development Update #75: Chasing latency
We apply latency control judiciously throughout at every Althea node in the network, with the ultimate goal of fairly allocating bandwidth at any given bottleneck.
Althea Development Update #74: Automated Xdai bridge
what we’ve done in this release is design a fully automated a bridge, the user merely has to deposit ETH and the router takes care of the rest. The money will be exchanged for DAI, then transferred across the cross-blockchain bridge to become Xdai.
Althea Development Update #73: For want of a transaction
A minute later when the gateway tried to validate that same payment again it chose the same failed node at random. It wouldn't get a third chance.
Althea Development Update #72: Easy local Althea testnet
For this development cycle I've focused on building a more advanced and easier to run series of integration tests. As Althea matures the complexity of the average bug to track down, identify and
Althea Development Update #71: Transaction amnesia
As I slapped this solution together I got a bad feeling. What if the full node lied to us? I really couldn’t think of a situation in which it would but I just couldn’t shake it.
Althea Development Update #70: Dueling scripts
Put on your night time sunglasses because I have a tale from our cyberpunk future, or present as it may be. How a poorly coded smart contract disrupted an ISP in rural Oregon.
Althea Development Update #69: Decentralization without compromises
Althea has taken the same base software ISPs use and applied some modern advancements. In short we've stacked our advantages and minimized our overhead to such a degree that we come out even with centralized ISP performance.
Althea Development Update #68: Time is relative for computers too
This issue got me thinking about the relativity of time on the routers. Our billing algorithm made the assumption that everyone did billing computations every 5 seconds, what would happen when that didn't hold true?
Althea Development Update #67: Chasing ghosts in the machine
Once you design a distributed system to handle any one point of failure you don't stop having failures, they just get more complicated and interconnected. Beta 3 is finally rolling out, after several
Althea is about building infrastructure
When we talk about Althea's design often the first question comes down to 'why home internet'. Why do we focus on home networks when what people really want is cell data, just cheaper?
Althea Development Update #66: New dashboard, exit redundancy
Althea now supports multihomed exits, meaning a single exit can be run across multiple datacenters and bridged into the mesh like any other alternate route. The other major change is the creation of a 'low balance' mode.