National Capital FreeNet / Libertel de la Capitale nationale

Sharing NCF's Dial-up Modems

NCF operates over 200 modems lines, shared by anyone registered with NCF. Generally you can use as much modem time as you like, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If a modem pool becomes fully busy, NCF's modem sharing software gives guidance about how to share the modems fairly -- in busy times, people who have used more than two hours of "peak period" time (noon to midnight) are limited to make way for others, until the demand for modems lessens.

Diagram showing peak period

Here are the details:

  1. "Peak period" is from noon to midnight. You can always connect for as long as you like outside of peak period, and for as long as you like during peak period if the modem pool is not busy.
  2. During "peak period", if the modem pool is busy, the sum of peak period session times may be limited to 2 hours.
  3. During busy times, sessions may be limited to one hour. If your session is ended, you may dial in again for another session. Taking a break gives other people a chance to use the modems.
  4. Even if you use all your peak period time, you may still connect for short sessions (or longer, if the modem pool is not busy).

Comments

Sessions not involving NCF modems (eg., "telnet" or browsing NCF web pages from the internet) are always as long as you like.

Sometimes modem connections break due to line noise and other problems.

You can conserve connection time and share modems with others by working offline if possible (composing email, etc), and then connect when you need network access.

NCF modems are supported by donations from NCF members. If congestion becomes a problem, NCF members decide whether to install more modems and/or shift their usage to less busy times.

2002 Nov