[Freedombox-discuss] Freedombox Mesh Network Simulator
kent at songbird.com
Wed Jun 20 17:28:23 UTC 2012
On 06/20/2012 07:10 AM, Rick C. Hodgin wrote:
> I'd prefer not to write anything. :-) If these technologies already
> exist I'd like to use them. I've never heard of them being in
> existence. I've always known WiFi to communicate with a WiFi router /
> hub to get to other WiFi devices, or one-to-one with another device.
> Never the ability to communicate with multiple devices as part of a
> mesh / grid.
> What I'd like is something this flexible:
> My wife and I are walking in mall with at least one other person every
> 40 feet or so. We decide to separate and go shopping. I walk this
> way, she walks that way. Before long we're out of direct WiFi
> communication range to each other. Now, if enough people there in the
> mall had WiFi-enabled devices running some mesh software, I'd like to
> be able to stay in contact with my wife as she moves about in her
> randome way, and as they all move about in their random ways. The
> protocols involved would have to keep everyone abreast of where the
> devices are coming and going in this ever changing sea of WiFi meshes.
> If technology exists to do this, point me to it and show me the FAQ on
> how to install it on my FBX so I can begin using it today. :-) I'd
> even be willing to write a slick GUI to make it easier for the next guy.
You wouldn't carry a fbx around a mall -- needs too much electricity.
you do carry a cell phone -- everyone carries a cell phone, and a mesh
protocol that opportunistically linked wifi-enabled smart phones would
be cool. There might be a few mall shops running wifi or fbxs that
could provide uplinks, while wandering shoppers w/ fbx-phone provided
I don't think this would provide much bandwidth, though.
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