"For 18 months, residents of a village in Wales have been mystified as to why their broadband internet crashed every morning.
Now engineers have finally identified the reason: A second-hand television that emitted a signal that interfered with the connection."
I WANT THIS TV!
Better than these old IR remotes:
@fribbledom to be honest i thought the same thing
Don't we all? 😂
@fribbledom I want FTTH.
An old TV... what could possibly go wrong?
@fribbledom what would you use it for? 😂
The what is easy, only when is the question 😂
@fribbledom I wouldn't be able to control myself.
I would put it on a controller and just make a random time interval. The chaos potential would be amazing.
@fribbledom I want an Internet connection that knocks out TVs. Starting with the numbered channels.
@fribbledom that's fascinating. I felt compelled to find the original press-release: https://www.openreach.com/news/second-hand-tv-wipes-out-broadband-for-entire-village
@byroon @fribbledom so the problem was caused by SHINE eh? It's still not exactly clear how the electrical impulse can take down a large network, I mean, we are talking EMP weaponry here basically, and if it's just an old TV (or numerous other electrical devices) is all it takes then this indicates a serious vulnerability in what could be critical infrastructure!
@fribbledom This is wild.
@fribbledom seems like you just need to hook into cable and send a signal generator down it. Looks like inadequate filtering..
@fribbledom There is no reason this needed to take 18 months to locate. Beamforming antennas, in >=3 mobile locations should have been able to nail that source to a few feet in days.
...unless you have a bunch of sensors in multiple places over town, which gives you n readings, without having to climb on mobile phone masts, and the next morning you can do it from locations closer to (and better aligned wrt) the source. So wouldn't you be able to pinpoint it quicker with mobile units?
Doesn't matter that much, though, because they've already done it :)
Actually, scratch that. The article says they only had 1 device (or not? it's a bit ambiguous) -- so multiple stationary measurements wouldn't have worked. You'd need a different position every time the pulse hits, and for that, a mobile sensor would be better suited.
The article also doesn't say how long it took them to locate the source, or why they only had one sensor ... either way, being able to successively move the sensor(s) closer to the source can only help.
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