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[liberationtech] Question about Open Mesh Project

Charles N Wyble charles at
Sun Apr 17 16:27:38 PDT 2011

On 04/17/2011 05:48 PM, Rebecca MacKinnon wrote:
> Dear all, 
> Is anybody on this list involved with the Open Mesh Project?

Can you provide a link to which project you are referring to?
Unfortunately many mesh projects have similar names. :)

I'm involved with the serval and villagetelco projects which are on the
forefront of mesh networking without any centralized

OpenMesh requires a dash board for setup. VillageTelco has a dashboard
that can be run locally (and isn't require in any
way, shape or form).

I have used the OpenMesh system, as well as Meraki. They are very similar.

> It got a lot of press and buzz after the Great Egyptian Blackout, but
> it looks like their forum has been inactive for over a month.

Yes. Mesh networking got a lot of attention at that point. 
Unfortunately it didn't seem to manifest into any real contributions to
the various
projects. Those of us who have been working on VillageTelco just kept
right on trucking.

> Just wondering whether it is still going forward and what folks on
> this list who've been involved with mesh networking think of it.
Check out the CommotionProject which was formed in direct response to
the situation in Egypt.
I feel they are moving in the right direction. Taking meshes from "early
adopter" to "mission critical support system for activists on the
ground". They are looking at OLSR which seems less popular then BATMAN.
The two mesh camps seem to have a certain amount of bickering going on.
It's unfortunate. BATMAN does have the lions share of attention though.

Charles N Wyble charles at @charlesnw
Building tomorrows alternate default free zone

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