What & How
We're working on building the software infrastructure to enable a new community network, one that at its base helps you keep an eye on your own (fixed, not mobile) Internet connection (connectivity, routing, speed) across each day, as well as various sites you like to connect to. It will be able to do more, but we have to make a start.
The software will run on a little Raspberry Pi (or if you have one, a server running GNU/Linux), plugged in to your existing router. You buy or use your own hardware. The software will be free, both in terms of freedom (open source) as well as money (gratis). Companies may purchase a number of related additional services, but community participation will always be free, by design.
Example local output snippetExternal connectivity probe results for over the last 7 * 24h
Legend: Ping avg ms in green, jitter in blue, loss% in red
Hint: Mouse-over green (ping) area to see timestamps
Event log for 18.104.22.168
|Sun 2018-07-01 22:43:23||Sun 2018-07-01 22:44:36||0:01:13||fping pktloss|
|Fri 2018-07-06 00:59:40||Fri 2018-07-06 01:07:38||0:07:58||fping pktloss|
|Fri 2018-07-06 01:17:38||Fri 2018-07-06 01:33:01||0:15:23||fping pktloss|
|Mon 2018-07-09 13:13:03||Mon 2018-07-09 18:02:45||4:49:42||fping pktloss|
|Wed 2018-07-11 13:12:45||Wed 2018-07-11 13:45:10||0:32:25||fping pktloss|
Community & Respect
Your TentaCom™ box does not have to connect to the community, but when you choose to, the system respects your data and privacy. For example, you will notice that our website does not send you even a single cookie when just browsing the site, nor does it use external resources; browser plugins such as Privacy Badger come up clean, and so it should be. You decide exactly in what way you're willing to participate, and you can delete ALL your data at any point, without hassles. You're fully in control, for real.
Sharing some data enables you and the community to correlate information that will help you directly, for instance in sorting out issues with your Internet connection. It can also help your ISP (Internet Service Provider) get a better view of when problems occur and what issues look like from the user perspective. This prevents the well known scenario where you first spend hours convincing an ISP that there actually is a problem, because they can't see it on their screens. The shared data does not idenfity you or your location, the software takes care of that and we'll explain exactly how it works.
Who are we?
Fellow humans! The TentaCom™ system is a project of Open Query Pty Ltd, an Australian company with strong experience in providing support for online systems and databases, helping clients such as SBS Broadcasting for over a decade. Open Query's founder and executive director is Arjen Lentz, who has had deep ties with the Australian and global Open Source community for many years.
But don't just take our word for it, do a search for these names and judge for yourself. Trust is about real transparency, not simply accepting someone's word.
Very soon. An interesting lesson on this journey has been that the usual "quick route" for development wasn't going to work: most standard components for building systems would not respect your privacy. We're not completely re-inventing the wheel, but we did find that we have to do some things differently to make it work for our vision.
Now, we'll need geeky people to help us with a broader field-trial to catch the bugs that any real-world application inevitably has. Initially, we'll be creating Debian/Raspbian packages. Do you want to be an early helper? You can be based anywhere in the world, but Australia in particular would be great. If you give us your email address, we'll drop you a line when we're ready for more geeky assistance (we won't keep your email beyond that point). Thanks!