A VPuN is a Virtual Public Network. It is like a VPN (Virtual Private Network) but has either no access control or very limited access control.

When node owners on People's Open Network share a portion of their Internet bandwidth with the mesh, all of that traffic is routed over VPuN servers. This serves two purposes:

  • Ensuring that the source IP of traffic from the mesh is never the IP of the node owner's Internet connection.
This makes it very unlikely that node owners will receive nasty DMCA notices and similar nonsense.
  • Letting mesh traffic flow over the internet via the tunnel when a node has not wifi connection to other nodes
This will be a great asset in the beginning of the mesh when most nodes are too far apart to see each other