Five bucks gets you a home network

Joseph T. Klein jtk at
Thu Jan 31 17:26:15 UTC 2002

The toaster (which is running NetBSD) and the refrigerator are networked
using the IPv6 mantra. So if DSL and Cable companies find that they can
sell IPv6 to kitchen appliences at $5 per houshold, you think this
could lead to deployment?

So my new IPv6 cell phone can get an SMS from my refrigerator if the milk
is going bad.

Now $5 if it also does fire and burgler alarm functions, it is cheaper than
a phone line.

If I get $5 dollars from a million users ... hmmmm.

Don't forget gamers and peer to peer networking.

On Thursday, 31 January 2002 08:29 -0800 Jim Shankland <nanog at> wrote:
> Andy Walden <andy at> writes:
>> ... reading through Commcast's AUP doesn't reveal this policy
>> either. I think it was largely trollbait.
> Could be.  But AT&T Broadband out here just resent its terms of service
> with the monthly bill, and stated that it's strictly prohibited to
> attach more than one device to the cable service.  They reminded
> their customers that a second IP address is available for an extra
> $5/month.
> I suppose one could get lawyerly and argue that you *are* attaching
> a single device -- the NAT box -- to their network; other devices
> are merely attached to the NAT box.  But I don't think that was their
> intent.
> Whether this pricing model is enforceable aside, it is also in direct
> conflict with the projection that some day soon, the refrigerator, the
> hot tub, the stove, the stereo, the room thermostat, the garage door
> opener, etc. will all be IP-addressable.  I'll be damned if I'll spend
> an extra $5/month for my refrigerator to surf the web, and I'll bet I'm
> not alone :-).
> Jim Shankland
Joseph T. Klein
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