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