I have attached a photo for a device that has appeared on a telephone pole on between 14th Ave E and 15th Ave E on Republican. The device was not there previously, no one seem to know what the device is, including the Comcast person. I have not seen another device of it’s type anywhere in our neighborhood or in the internet.
It is some sort of spying device?
Please take a look at the photo and consider posting it to the blog and see if anyone can explain what it is.
IF we are being spied on or subject to something the neighborhood has not approved it seems everyone has a right to know.
Thanks for the note and the picture, Mike. It illustrates a few phenomena of the modern urban existence. We’re told that device is unused, leftover hardware — and, the City says, it’s been there for years.
According to Seattle City Light, the device is an old Metro-tech wireless relay “used for broadband computer networking around 2000 to 2001.” UPDATE: Below, Ben says Metricom — not “Metro-tech.”
“They went out of business so it should be idle,” a City Light spokesperson said. “We have a standing order to remove them when we encounter them while conducting other business on the poles.”
Our search of teh Internets turns up nothing about any “Metro-tech” or “Metro Tech” or “Metrotech” in Seattle. Last we checked, the device was still in place. We’d suggest installing more aluminum foil over your windows in the meantime.
UPDATE: In comments, Ben turns up a more likely explanation for anybody who doesn’t buy that this type of device has been on utility poles since 2001:
This is likely smart meter reader. This is used for reading utility meters and likely other things.
The PDF lists a few other things that that hardware can do which would be to read utility meters, provide DAS support… which looks to be related to public safety sorts of things.
We’ll check back with City Light on this one.