Mesh/Other mesh projects
The goal of this page is to list existing meshes, active mesh groups and failed community wireless groups so that we can learn from their failures and successes and possibly their source code and configuration parameters.
Wikipedia has a list of wireless community networks by region.
Buenos Aires Libre - Argentina
- Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Size: 200 active nodes (but 720 total)
- Status: Likely in decline.
- Few of total nodes active. General meeting still being held (probably yearly), yet no-one signed up for general meeting attendance three days before it was to be held.
Bogota Mesh - Columbia
- Location: Bogota, Columbia
- Size: 30 nodes. Not sure how many active.
- Protocol: B.A.T.M.A.N. (not sure if -adv or -exp or normal).
Ninux - Italy
- Location: Italy. Many cities.
- Size: About 200 nodes.
- Protocol: OLSR
Freifunk - Germany
- Location: Germany. Several cities.
- Size: Over 600 nodes in Berlin and over 400 nodes in Leipzig according to the OSLR about page.
- Protocol: Mostly OLSR, but some cities use batman-adv.
- Map: Berlin
- Note: Not one big mesh, but several meshes in several cities.
Freifunk is actually both an organization, a firmware and a whole set of meshes, some of them interlinked, mostly in Germany. We have a whole page about the project.
AWMN - Greece
- Location: Athens, Greece
- Size: Over 2400 nodes (according to their map, mid-2013).
- Protocol: OLSR (according to the OSLR about page.
Funkfeuer - Austria
- Location: Austria. Several cities.
- Size: ?
- Map: Vienna
Community Wireless Projects (not mesh)
myrtletown.net - California
- Location: Murtletown, California
- Size: 1 WRT54GS router with a 1 watt amplifier on a tall mast.
- Actually covers a good part of the tiny town!
LUGRo-Mesh - Argentina
- Location: Rosario, Argentina
- Size: 0 nodes so far
- Protocol: B.A.T.M.A.N. Experimental (bmx)
- Firmware: Nightwing their own distro.
Active non-mesh community wireless projects
Guifi - Spain
- Location: Spain
- Note: Not sure if this is a mesh, but it seems to be huge!
Inactive / failed local networks
Roofnet - Massachussets
- Location: MIT and surrounding area, Massachussets.
- Protocol: ExOR
- Status: Website spews errors and was lasted updated in 2006.
Roofnet turned into Meraki which used to be awesome, but became less awesome and eventually was bought by Cisco.
NetEquality - Portland
- Location: Low-income housing communities in Portland.
- Protocol: Not a mesh.
- Status: May still be active, but front page lists a 2007 article as recent.
CUWiN - Illinois
- Location: Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
- Status: Website down.
- Funding: Received ~$870,000 from 2003 to 2006
- December, 2003: Received a $200,000 grant from the Open Society Institute
- July, 2004: Received a $50,000 grant from the Threshold Foundation
- December, 2005: Received $118,000 grant from the Open Society Institute
- July, 2006: Received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation
Archive.org's SFLAN - San Francisco
- Note: Not 100% sure this is inactive.
NoCat - Sebastopol, CA
NoCat's goal is to bring you Infinite Bandwidth Everywhere for Free.
- Last news article was posted in February 2006.
- Website went down some time in late 2012.
- nocat.net on archive.org
- Seems like it wasn't a mesh
One of the main organizers, Rob Flickenger, wrote the O'Reilly book Building Wireless Community Networks (published 2001). We should find him and ask him why it failed. His website is http://hackerfriendly.com