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[liberationtech] Mesh Networks?
mfidelman at meetinghouse.net
Sun Jun 19 16:51:24 PDT 2011
Charles N Wyble wrote:
> I've built a few mesh networks. They are pretty easy now days. Check
> out http://www.villagetelco.org . They have produced a turn key
> firmware. Two actually. One for running a VOIP network and one for
> campus/enterprise networks. I have used both images (and did the
> original work to modify the VOIP image into the enterprise one).
> Mesh works. It's mature. The access layer can be mesh. On gear that's
> ~100.00 delivered. Check out http://www.ubnt.com. Nanostation2/5 is
> what's used by anyone doing commodity hardware with open source
> software meshes. There is also routerboard.com running a proprietary
> Linux build (though I found out last night that you can run openwrt on
> those boards).
Charles, Do you have any case studies you can point to (village telco's
"deployments" page still says *"*stand by?" I've seen lots of small
meshes, but no detailed descriptions of larger ones. I'd sort of like
to know about real experience with very large mesh networks - what's the
largest serious network you've seen (number of nodes, geographic
coverage, etc.). What kind of performance has been seen (say, for VoIP
over a long enough path that traffic passes through dozens of nodes)?
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In<fnord> practice, there is. .... Yogi Berra
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