[Freedombox-discuss] Wireless Mesh Netowrking

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Thu Oct 8 13:57:33 UTC 2015

Quoting Elena ``of Valhalla'' Grandi (2015-10-08 14:09:40)
> On 2015-10-08 at 13:25:57 +0200, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> > Do any mesh networking protocol work reliably today without 
> > administration at all?  Any of those in Debian?  With the configuration 
> > currently setup by the Debian package?
> yes, yes, and yes, sort-of, but not really in an useful way if
> standalone


> The protocol I know best is batman-adv, and in this case I'm sure that 
> it doesn't really require administration after it has been setup and 
> it is in Debian.
> Configuring it requires adding one simple stanza in 
> /etc/network/interfaces which can probably be added by scanning for 
> existing network interfaces, so it may be done without user 
> intervention.
> The reason why this may not really be enought to be useful is that 
> this way batman is looking for other batman nodes on the local (layer 
> 2) networks it knows about, and providing a network interface which 
> talks with them and further nodes, and that's it.
> This interface must be configured in a way that is compatible with the 
> rest of the network, and there must be a way for the user to reach the 
> available services.
> This may also happen in a way that doesn't require intervention from 
> the user if there is a server elsewhere on the mesh which provides 
> ipv6 autoconfiguration data and a DNS, but that one must be configured 
> by some human and probably requires administration.

...but if I understand you correctly, I would consider FreedomBox that 
node which provides the infrastructural part.

 - Jonas

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