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16+ Projects & Initiatives Building Ad-Hoc Wireless Mesh Networks

16+ Projects & Initiatives Building Ad-Hoc Wireless Mesh Networks
For those interested in alternative internet infrastructures, I’ve been assembling a list of projects and initiatives working to build mesh network solutions, as well as communities and resources around this topic. I’ve also posted this on Quora. Please feel free to add any projects I’ve missed. We’re hoping to understand the landscape of this initiative and how these projects & communities can better coordinate their efforts, in preparation for the Contact Conference in NYC this October 20, 2011. Projects: Communities: Resources: - Border Gateway Protocol - free and open source implementations of BGP - XO laptop by OLPC – resource for mesh networking details - Ad hoc network routing protocols – list on wikipedia - list of ad-hoc mesh network routing protocols that can be used during an ‘internet kill switch’ - reddit thread Commercial: related: - How to Remain Connected if your Internet Gets Shut Off - How to Communicate if the US Government Shuts down the Internet Like this: Like Loading...

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