RT/RW-Net is a community self-help computer network within a small area, via cable or 2.4 GHz wireless. RTRW Net is a form of public communication that is free from laws and government bureaucracy.

The term RT/RW-net was first used around 1996 by students at the University of Muhammadyah Malang (UMM), such as Nasar, Muji who connected their boarding houses to the UMM campus which was connected to the AI3 Indonesia network via GlobalNet in Malang. with Internet gateway in ITB. The connection between the RT/RW-net in the boarding house to UMM was made using a walkie talkie on the VHF band 2 meters at a speed of 1200bps. This, Bino said, when he was still working at GlobalNet, the Malang students jokingly called their network RT/RW-net because it was connected to several houses around their boarding houses.


The RT-RW-Net concept is actually the same as the Warnet concept. RT/RWNet owners will buy or rent bandwidth from internet providers/ISPs (Internet Service Providers), for example Telkom, Indosat or Indonet, then resell it to customers. What differentiates Warnet from RTRW Net is where the customer is located. RTRW Net customers use the internet in their own homes, not where the RTRWNet is located.

Is this RT/RW Net Cheap? The answer is yes. For example, suppose we subscribe to Speedy for a 1024Kb package that costs Rp. 700 thousands/month, then it is shared among 10 people, so in a month everyone will only pay approximately 70 thousand rupiahs for internet access with speeds up to 1024Kbps. This cost is of course very cheap because customers will be free to use the internet 24 hours a day for a full month.

If these costs are rounded up to 100 thousand/month//customer -in addition to electricity and equipment maintenance costs, for example- then this means that each customer only needs to pay Rp.3,300/day or Rp.138,-/hour . Compare with the cost of internet access in the cafe


The most important goals in developing this RTRW Net are participating in the development of cheap internet in the community and building a community that is aware of the presence of Information Technology and the Internet.

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