The SBAY Wireless Network is unique among community-run wireless
networks. The network was not set up to be an Internet access or service
provider. This network is just a way for SBAY member sites to communicate with
each other directly and experiment with metropolitan-area wireless networking
and network protocols.
This page is maintained by the SBAY Wireless Network coordinator.
- Requirements for Joining the Wireless Network
- Establishing a new site on the SBAY Wireless Network is time-consuming for
both the site wishing to join, and the coordinators of the network. The network
coordinator will require the following from prospective new sites:
Failure to meet these conditions may result in rejection of the new wireless
- The coordinator of the SBAY Wireless Network must have met you at an
sbay.org social event.
- Wireless site names are allocated first-come first-served so the name
must not already be taken within sbay.org, sbay.com or sbay.net. The sbay.org
coordinators reserve the option to subjectively reject any name, but will
provide a reason for such a decision.
- Sites that join the SBAY Wireless Network are responsible for providing
and updating valid contact information with the network coordinator. At a
minimum a phone number is required so that we can contact you in the event of
- You must accept responsibility for the activities of your wireless site
and represent the whole site to sbay.org's coordinators.
- You must be able to administer your site's wireless equipment, network
firewalls and services (web, e-mail, news, etc.)
- You must be willing and able to answer reasonable questions and complaints
which sbay.org might receive about hosts in your subdomain. We will not
allow outsiders to ask questions which invade your privacy. But we expect
prompt assistance with fixing anything which inconveniences an sbay.org
volunteer or any reports related to spam, open mail/news relays, denials of
service, intrusions, and other security matters.
- Member sites are responsible for providing their own wireless equipment
(transceivers, antennas, lightning arrestors, coax, cables, masts, hubs/switches,
- A site survey for visibility to one or more of the SBAY Wireless Network's
repeaters must be performed. It is recommended, but not required that one of the
network coordinators performs the survey. It remains the site's responsibility
to pursue all technical issues toward establishing contact.
- Personal and site safety are the responsibility of the member site.
- Operational Priorities
- The SBAY Wireless Network has limited bandwidth. Consequently, we must
prioritize services and/or activities on the network. The following is in order
of decreasing priority:
Any traffic on the network must not interfere with higher priority services.
Traffic to or from non-contributing member sites are lower in priority than
traffic to or from sites which contribute resources to the network.
- Core SBAY services: routing protocols, SNMP, mail and text only ssh.
- Interactive information access: web browsing, ftp, whois, finger, etc.
- Automated information access: nntp, rsync, scp, ftp mirroring, http robots,
- Operational Procedures
- Member sites are encouraged to minimize bandwidth consumption and be
courteous to other member sites.
- Every site connected to the network is responsible for the traffic going
through their site.
- Perimeter sites are strongly recommended to adopt a policy of denying
forwarded traffic between the networks they connect to, except in cases
where the traffic is permitted by the policies of the respective networks.
- Repeater sites are strongly recommended to adopt a policy of allowing
forwarded traffic within the SBAY Wireless Network except in cases of
bandwidth or security problems.
- Member sites on the SBAY Wireless Network are responsible for following the
outlined operational priorities listed above.
- Member sites are required to obtain prior authorization for any for-profit
traffic or other traffic related to their employment. Perimeter and repeater
sites are not obligated to carry such traffic.
- sbay.org policies apply to the SBAY Wireless
Last updated: January 21, 2012