Where Danawa get the “free” bandwidth for public use

Posted by Pierce in TMNET Special Interest Group | Comments Off on Where Danawa get the “free” bandwidth for public use

I am writing this as the deputy chairman of TM Net User Group – Sarawak.

Danawa who has been implementing the free wireless internet access in part of Miri and Mukah. Notebook connected via such connection are getting ip addresses

root@router:~# dig

; <<>> DiG 9.3.2 <<>>
;; global options:  printcmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NXDOMAIN, id: 63625
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 0, AUTHORITY: 1, ADDITIONAL: 0

;                        IN      A

.                       10748   IN      SOA     A.ROOT-SERVERS.NET. NSTLD.VERISIGN-GRS.COM. 2007042401 1800 900 604800 86400

;; Query time: 2 msec
;; WHEN: Wed Apr 25 13:26:41 2007
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 107

root@router:~# nslookup

Non-authoritative answer:     name = 63-216-168-189.sdsl.cais.net.

Authoritative answers can be found from:
168.216.63.in-addr.arpa nameserver = ns.cais.com.
168.216.63.in-addr.arpa nameserver = ns2.cais.com.
168.216.63.in-addr.arpa nameserver = ns3.cais.com.
ns.cais.com     internet address =
ns2.cais.com    internet address =

IP header masking has been implemented to prevent reverse lookup by apache for the host IP but non-the-less, it is an IP which is in USA. The question is now that how did danawa transport the bandwidth to the internet? One possibility is via Streamyx 1.0 Mbps line from TM Net (RM 148.00) that has a non-reselling clause in the term of use.

Possible IP address at the time of writing of this article which is, being part of TM Net Streamyx IP.

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