Anyone Else Invited to Volunteer for ISP Speed Testing?

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by Zarathustra[H], Aug 3, 2018.

  1. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

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    I just received this email today.

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    There is no way in hell I'm putting this "white box" in my network, but it is interesting none the less...
     
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  2. modi123

    modi123 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Do you get paid?
     
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  3. DrLobotomy

    DrLobotomy [H]ardness Supreme

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    Lots of red flags..... Whitebox. FCC. Behind Firewall.
     
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    Cmustang87 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Haha - yea, no thanks!
     
  5. leezard

    leezard [H]ardness Supreme

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    I have one of those white boxes in my closet. I signed up years ago just to see what the box was, but never hooked it up.

    https://www.samknows.com/
     
  6. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

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    That name SamKnows is so unfortunate.

    Makes me think of Uncle Sam knowing what you are doing on the internet.

    Big brother essentially :p
     
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    Same things others are saying. Wouldn't trust anything that the FCC is sponsoring on my LAN
     
  8. Red Squirrel

    Red Squirrel [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Sounds interesting, but definitely would put that on a separate vlan that is split from rest of network.
     
  9. FNtastic

    FNtastic [H]ard|Gawd

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    Just checked my email. I got an invite too. Needless to say, I won't be needing any "additional details" about my internet connection ...
     
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    x509 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Is this just for Verizon or all ISPs? Mine is Comcast.

    How are people selected to get emails? Just wondering. I would not want anyone monitoring my network traffic. :rage:
     
  11. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

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    I'm not inclined to do this, but I guess I could firewall it off in, and put it in a separate VLAN or DMZ or something, and put it in a sound-proof location and it would be a minimal risk.

    Thing is, doesn't look like there is any compensation involved, so why would I bother?

    Only reason I can think of is that Verizon would have more incentive to keep my network working well if they know it is being monitored in an official study.
     
  12. DrLobotomy

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    You don't ask what can this country do for me, you ask what can you do for your country.:D
     
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  13. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

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    Verizon is not my country, and even I it were, I view patriotism as a great evil :p
     
  14. MikeRotch

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    SamKnows did a trial here in Canada. SamKnows kept all data confidential and the Canadian gov't only had access to the speed data, they did not have access to any client information.
     
  15. dawsonkm

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    Verizon also asked me and i ignored it
     
  16. mkrohn

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    RIIIGHT sure they did
     
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    I tried, for like 2 years, to get SamKnows to send me a unit so I could hook it up. They never responded. Glad they didn't now.