My local power company is going to be offering Broadband over Power Lines in the next six months or so, at around $15/month. Currently, that’s what I’m paying for dialup. I’m also paying $20/month for space on a shared web server. The hosting package includes a static IP.
The BPL will be 1Mbps up and down.
Webalizer shows my site’s peak average hourly transfer (1-2pm) is 20MB.
20MB * 1024 * 1024 = 20971520 bytes.
20971520 * 8 = 167772160 bits/hour.
167772160 / 60 / 60 = 46603bps.
In other words, during my peak hour, I’m serving at about 46kbps.
Is my math right?
As you can probably guess, the idea of slapping Debian on an old Celeron box and running a combined web host/gateway/firewall is pretty attractive, provided I can get an IP address from the ISP for a reasonable price.
Any thoughts? I’m running nothing but PHP and a couple of MySQL databases.
And yes, I’m aware of the ethical issues surrounding BPL. But I live in a downtown area, where the radio reception is terrible to begin with, and the power lines are buried.