News tagged "community wireless"

October 5, 2015 / Libby Cole

Resilient Communities brings wireless networks to Sandy-affected neighborhoods

In 2012 and 2013, we worked with New America to design toolkits for communities to create their own mesh networks.

February 21, 2013 / Benjamin Chodoroff

Scaling Up: An overview of large mesh networks

Wireless mesh networks are being used in a variety of ways around the world and each implementation offers an opportunity for us to learn. There are networks large and small that meet a variety of needs, from sharing Internet access to transmitting sensor data to serving as a neighborhood intranet. With the recent focus on resilient networking technology, a common question we get is, “How well do wireless mesh networks scale?” To answer this question, we’d like to offer an overview of community wireless mesh networks that have been particularly successful, with a focus on those that have scaled to large sizes.

December 20, 2012 / Michael Gregor

Telling the Commotion story

We recently launched two new pages that help explain how to interact with the project on a fundamental level. We’ve completed new infographics that describe how to Get Started and Get Involved with the project and the content is currently being developed by the Commotion team. Our intention was to offer simple text along with explanatory graphics that would demystify the process.

September 13, 2012 / Benjamin Chodoroff

Exploring "meshaging"

Over the past few years, The Work Department has been active in building community wireless networks in Detroit. We have experimented with different types of hardware and software, and we have helped neighborhoods build useful networks to share internet connectivity and provide local file sharing. Something we haven’t had much of an opportunity to explore, though, is building more elaborate systems that leverage the unique traits of mesh networks.

May 8, 2012 / Michael Gregor

Building neighborhood networks

As part of our research for the Commotion Human Interface Guidelines, we interviewed four people who have been involved in building community wireless networks around Detroit. Based on these interviews and our experience working with various users, we recommend that Commotion developers and organizers implement the following concepts: