FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. What is SnS
  2. How does it help me?
  3. How much does it cost?
  4. Can I help?
  5. What do I get out of hosting a node?
  6. How are you able to provide this service so cheap?
  7. Is it legal?
  8. Is it secure?
  9. What about Installation?
  10. Who are You?
  11. What happens to the money I pay for club membership?
  12. How does it work?
  13. Mesh Technical
  14. Netgear MA311 replacement wireless cards
  15. Hotspot locator! We are in it!!
  16. Can you tell us more about FEEED & SussexNetShare
  17. How to find my mac address
  18. What are your terms and conditions of membership?
  19. Now tell me how to connect
  20. How do I cancel my account

1. What is SnS

SnS is a not-for-profit club to allow club members to share each others internet in Sussex & beyond.

2. How does it help me?

We can connect you wirelessly to our systems - and provide you with cheap internet

3. How much does it cost?

We provide a standard club nembership internet connection for 6.95 a month or £60 a year. 

4. Can I help?

We are looking for people to host nodes for us.  Ideally, you will have an ADSL connection, although we are also looking for repeater nodes.  Contact Ian NOW

5. What do I get out of hosting a node?

You get PAID!  Full, connected nodes get 5.50 of the £6.95 paid by club memberships per user per month, Annual memberships are split to give £50 to the internet supplier.

6. How are you able to provide this service so cheap?

By sharing internet connections between many users, the costs can be shared amoungest a group.  Our system provides the facilities to enable this type of sharing.

7. Is it legal?

Totally!  The RadioCommunications agency released the 2.4Ghz band for Wireless networks a few years ago.  Our system works purely with Wireless Network technology. All our club members have facilities to connect off any of our shared access points

8. Is it secure?

The Internet is an non-secure environment.  However, as long as you use services which are secure (such as home banking) then you will be fine.

The wireless network we run has security protocols in place to stop people 'sniffing' the connection.  Unauthorised users are not allowed on the Wireless Network, and so cannot interfere.  Authorised users are advised to have adequate Firewall and Anti-Virus software installed on any machine connected to the Internet (not just the Mesh!)

9. What about Installation?

Depending on your location, you might need an aerial outside.  

1. If you are very near to a Node, then you should be able to use just a simple wireless card that fits in your PC.
2. If you are out of a range for a simple wireless card alone, then an external Antenna can be fitted to increase the range
3. In extreme cases (1 mile approx from a Node) a directional antenna can be used to access the network

We are not aerial fitters - we recommend that a qualified, insured antenna specialist installs the antenna for you.  We will explain what you need to connect to the Network if required.

10. Who are You?

We are a group of enthusiasts who are trying to build a large network of users around Sussex.  We do this for fun - because it makes us smile - and our hair go grey and fall out!  Call us geeks/nerds - its about right!  Our Wives are computer widows - now, aren't you glad you asked!

11. What happens to the money I pay for club membership?

Well, a little goes to pay for this website, advertising, and repaying the money us geeks have already forked out.  All our admin are volunteers, so none goes in wages! Although sometimeswe wished we did get paid! The lions share goes to Node owners, to help pay for their internet connection that you are using as part of the Network.

12 How does it work?

See our How it Works page.


13. This is Section MeshAP .

Meshbox Flash Loader from Locustworld or zipped file from us Both need to be copied to make an iso image..


What Ports to Open on MeshAP and Why

MeshAP need's certain ports to be open to communicate with W.I.A.N.A, stream webcam's, SSH and more.

• 10192 - For Streaming a compatible Webcam
• 1812 - Wiana updates - MAC Address authentication
• 10443 - username/password authentication
• 51010 - Wormhole
• 9443- Wiana updating
• 22 - ssh
All these ports need to be open on your router/firewall or forwarded to the IP of the MeshAP.


Check list for a new build by Don Moskaluk

How to set up a WAP-011A ethernet bridge

14. Netgear MA311 replacement wireless card

Well our stocks of the Netgear MA311 wireless cards have now gone and we are now using the Zcomax XI-626 cards. If you need 1 or a few MeshAP compatible wireless cards, email Ian or tel 01273 890747 we can hopefully get some for you. Suitable cards are difficult to obtain and we try and keep adequate stocks.

15. Hotspot Locator

Jiwire are a very good hotspot locator. We as SussexNetShare are in it!!

16. Can you tell us more about FEEED & SussexNetShare

Yes! We are the new Feeed and SussexNetShare operating as one!

17. How can I find my mac address?

You can find it printed on your WiFi card - it's 12 digits long,

For Windows 98 and Windows ME

1. Click on the Start button.
2. Click on Run.
3. Enter winipcfg and press OK.
4. Look at the pull down box at the top and make sure that your wireless card is selected.
5. Copy down the Adapter Address. Make sure that you copy it down correctly. Failure to do so may cause you not to be able to access the wireless network.

For Windows 2000, Windows XP Home or XP Pro

1. Click on the Start button.
2. Click on Run.
3. Enter cmd and press OK. This will bring up a command prompt.
4. Enter ipconfig /all and press Enter.
5. Find the section called Ethernet adapter, wireless network connection.
6. Copy down the Physical Address. Make sure that you copy it down correctly. Failure to do so may cause you not to be able to access the wireless network. It will look something like 00:12:AB:CD: 34:12 There may be a - instead of : or no gaps just 12 digits/letters! You must give us using : between each pair of digits/letters. A 0 is a zero not the letter O!!



For Windows Vista

1. Click on the Start button.
2. Click on All Programs.
3. Click on Accessories, click on Command prompt.
4. Enter ipconfig /all and press Enter.
5. Find the section called Ethernet adapter, wireless network connection.
6. Copy down the Physical Address. Make sure that you copy it down correctly. Failure to do so may cause you not to be able to access the wireless network. It will look something like 00:12:AB:CD: 34:12 There may be a - instead of : or no gaps just 12 digits/letters! You must give us using : between each pair of digits/letters. A 0 is a zero not the letter O!!



Linux Users can find their MAC address using 'ifconfig wlan0' or similar

Mac OS X users

1. Click on the Apple Menu.
2. Click on Location.
3. Click on Network Preferences.
4. Look in the Show field and select AirPort.
5. Look at the AirPort ID and copy down the AirPort ID (MAC Address). Make sure that you copy it down correctly. Failure to do so may cause you not to be able to access the wireless network.

Mac OS 9.x users

1. Click on the Apple Menu.
2. Click on the AirPort icon.
3. Make sure the settings section is expanded.
4. Copy down the AirPort ID. Make sure that you copy it down correctly. Failure to do so may cause you not to be able to access the wireless network


19. Now tell me how to connect

First if you check you have the right equipment visit www.SussexNetShare.net/Equipment.html then return and visit www.SussexNetShare.net/Connect.html to actually see how to get connected. You pay on the screen as you sign in automatically!

20. How do I cancel my account

If you have a subscription set up through Paypal then you must go to Paypal to cancel your subscription. If it was a one off payment then do not pay any more and your account will cease.

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