General Info on FidoNet. FidoNet consists of approximately 10,000 systems world-wide which comprise a network which exchanges mail and files via Modems using a proprietary protocol.
They are connected for the purposes of exchanging E-Mail to the Internet thru a series of gateway systems which interact with the Internet via UUCP with cooperating UNIX-based smart-hosts which act as their MX-receivers. With some exceptions, you cannot Telnet or FTP to a FidoNet site, only communicate via E-Mail and Usenet News. FidoNet. __ / \ /|oo \ (_| /_) _`@/_ \ _ | | \ \\ | (*) | \ )) ______ |__U__| / \// / FIDO \ _//|| _\ / (________) (_/(_|(____/ (c) John Madil Traditional FidoNet logo by John Madil FidoNet Logo 2010 by Dmitriy Ignatov (2:5028/66) FidoNet is a worldwide computer network that is used for communication between bulletin board systems (BBSs).
It uses a store and forward system to exchange private (email) and public (forum) messages between the BBSs in the network, as well as other files and protocols in some cases. The FidoNet system was based on a number of small interacting programs. The rapid improvement in modem speeds during the early 1990s, combined with the rapid decrease in price of computer systems and storage, made BBSes increasingly popular. The broad availability of low-cost Internet connections starting in the mid-1990s lessened the need for FidoNet's store-and-forward system, as any system in the world could be reached for equal cost.
History Origins Tom Jennings' account Ben Baker's account. Pidgin, the universal chat client. When neighbors matter. Wireless mesh network. Diagram showing a possible configuration for a wireless mesh network, connected upstream via a VSAT link (click to enlarge) History Network structures Architecture Wireless mesh architecture is a first step towards providing cost effective and dynamic high-bandwidth networks over a specific coverage area. Wireless mesh architectures infrastructure is, in effect, a router network minus the cabling between nodes. Wireless mesh networks have a relatively stable topology except for the occasional failure of nodes or addition of new nodes.
Management Applications Mesh networks may involve either fixed or mobile devices. Some current applications: Operation Multi-radio mesh Multi-radio mesh refers to a unique pair of dedicated radios on each end of the link. Research topics One of the more often cited papers on Wireless Mesh Networks identified the following areas as open research problems in 2005 Protocols Get Internet Access When Your Government Shuts It Down. These days, no popular movement goes without an Internet presence of some kind, whether it's organizing on Facebook or spreading the word through Twitter.
And as we've seen in Egypt, that means that your Internet connection can be the first to go. Whether you're trying to check in with your family, contact your friends, or simply spread the word, here are a few ways to build some basic network connectivity when you can't rely on your cellular or landline Internet connections. Do-It-Yourself Internet With Ad-Hoc Wi-Fi Even if you've managed to find an Internet connection for yourself, it won't be that helpful in reaching out to your fellow locals if they can't get online to find you.
If you're trying to coordinate a group of people in your area and can't rely on an Internet connection, cell phones, or SMS, your best bet could be a wireless mesh network of sorts--essentially, a distributed network of wireless networking devices that can all find each other and communicate with each other.