Joi Ito's Web

Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

sputnik.jpgI got my Sputnik. It rocks. It rocks in many ways. It rocks because it uses Jabber to talk to the Central Server (The Central Server is a machine on your network that manages the access points. If you don't want to set up your own Central Server, you can use the community server. You log into the Central Server to access the AP you're using. Similar to the web page that pops up when you first log into WiFi networks in Hotel, except this one is yours.). It rocks because the Central Server controls and manages access and security for all of the access points across the network (even WAN). It rocks because Sifry is giving me real time tech support via... Jabber. (It's amazing that Sifry could build Sputnik AND Technorati at the same time. He was giving me tech support for both at the same time...) It rocks because it's secure. It rocks because it lets me do port forwarding, firewalls and peering for only $185. Anyway, I'm supposed to get my second AP and my own Central Server soon. If it all works out, I'm going to buy a bunch of AP's and try setting up my own little network of Sputnik nodes.

Disclaimer: This is a totally un-scientific review of a product by a friend ;-). I have only tried a few AP's and don't have much empirical evidence to support my notion that Sputniks "rock". I've used MELCO, Linksys and Apple AirPorts. I do think the central server and the Jabber thing are quite unique and seem to be good ideas. We'll see how I feel after I finish building out a network of Spuniks.


You forgot to mentiton - that in addition to Sputnik and Technorati -the Sifry's are about to have a kid. As if he had the time!

And Sputnik is a GREAT name!

so I take it that it rocks? :P

sounds groovy!

I agree Marc. The name rocks. I love saying, "a network of little sputniks..."

I heard that in Russian, Sputnik means "Travelling Companion".
Very poetic.
I liked it so much that I named my iBook sputnik for DNS - if I get one of these little APs, I'll probably have to rename the iBook to avoid confusion. (What was the name of that dog the Russians sent up? Laika?)

(Found out the origin out in Murakami Haruki's book Sputnik Sweetheart.)

Sweetness! I've been chatting with Dave Sifry on and off for well over a year, but didn't realize he was building Jabber into Sputnik quite so soon. BTW, I see that you're linking to as "the" URL for information about Jabber. While the folks at Jabber Inc. are way cool (hey, they pay my salary!), Jabber is much more than that one company -- it's fundamentally an open protocol for streaming XML for the purpose of presence-enabled real-time messaging. Centered around that protocol are many open-source implementations, a thriving community of open-source developers and commercial companies, an IETF Working Group, tens of thousands of active servers, and millions of end users. Think of it as the Linux of instant messaging, with Jabber Inc. playing a role similar to that of RedHat (a large player, but not the only game in town). To find out more about everything that is happening in the Jabber community, I encourage you to visit --stpeter

Thanks. Just downloaded the site. ;-) I'll read it on the plane today.