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[liberationtech] Commotion Beta is out: Free Wireless Mesh Network Software

James Losey losey at newamerica.net
Thu Mar 21 12:47:21 PDT 2013


Hi All,

I wanted to share that OTI released Commotion Beta, free, open source,
wireless networking platform this week. This “Developer Release #1” (DR1)
makes Commotion’s technology available for testing and feedback and is
freely available from the project website: www.commotionwireless.net. I
would encourage you to check it out, but please head our caution that this
release is BETA and thus should not be used for mission-critical and/or
sensitive communications until version 1.0 is released. This release
includes:

   - A fully integrated web-interface in addition to traditional
   command-line access.
   - QuickStart setup wizard
   - A set of core libraries that will form the backbone of a common
   network management interface across Commotion platforms
   - An application portal that makes it easy to announce and discover
   authenticated local social applications
   - A debugging tool to provide one-click error reports for network
   maintainers

There are also security features including  basic network encryption, which
brings mesh networking up to the level of security expected from today’s
wireless networks.  Commotion adds an additional layer of security by
allowing the use of network keys and application signing through the use of
The Serval Project’s http://www.servalproject.org/ Serval daemon, making it
easier to identify bad-agents posing as legtimate services. These features
form the foundation for the Commotion security features under active
development. Again, this is beta and *not* for sensitive communications at
this time.

If you want to try setting up your own network, interested in providing
feedback or just want to learn more head over over to
www.commotionwireless.net.

Best,
James


 RELEASE: OTI Launches Commotion Beta: Free Wireless Mesh Network Software
Commotion Technology Revolutionizes Community Wireless by Providing a Safe,
Low-Cost Option
*Published:  * March 20, 2013

Washington, DC — The New America Foundation's *Open Technology
Institute <http://oti.newamerica.net/>
*(OTI) announced today the public release of Commotion Beta - a free, open
source, wireless networking platform. This “Developer Release #1” (DR1)
makes Commotion’s technology available for testing and feedback and is
freely available from the project website:
*www.commotionwireless.net<https://commotionwireless.net/>
*. Please note that Commotion is in Beta and should not be used for
mission-critical and/or sensitive communications until version 1.0 is
released.

Commotion is a cutting-edge open-source communications software platform
that uses laptops, mobile phones, and other Wi-Fi devices to create
decentralized, wireless “mesh” networks.  Commotion interconnects devices
directly to one-another in a peer-to-peer manner to form a “spider web” of
connectivity.

“Commotion Beta is a transformative technology - the culmination of years
of research and development by hundreds of developers around the globe,”
said New America Vice President and OTI Director Sascha Meinrath, who is
the founder of Commotion Wireless. “Commotion is an incredible resource for
empowering communities and constituencies worldwide, helping with a variety
of different needs, from spreading low-cost connectivity, securing
communications, and enhancing disaster-response.”

Commotion Beta adds new usability enhancements and features that simplify
mesh network setup and reduce the difficulty of network maintenance.  DR1
contains a fully integrated web-interface in addition to traditional
command-line access.  Among the new technical features in DR1 are a
QuickStart setup wizard, a set of core libraries that will form the
backbone of a common network management interface across Commotion
platforms, an application portal that makes it easy to announce and
discover authenticated local social applications, and a debugging tool to
provide one-click error reports for network maintainers. These features
will be ported to the Android, Linux, and OS X clients over the next
quarter.

The DR1 release also includes key security features, beginning with basic
network encryption, which brings mesh networking up to the level of
security expected from today’s wireless networks. Commotion adds an
additional layer of security by allowing the use of network keys and
application signing through the use of The Serval Project’s
http://www.servalproject.org/ Serval daemon, making it easier to identify
bad-agents posing as legtimate services. These features form the foundation
for the Commotion security features under active development.
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