Project overview & Q&A
* Sudomesh: organization which is CA non-profit
- Recieves funding, facilitates workshops
- Develops tech
* Peoplesopen.net: actual network
- Ideally forkable with one script
* How do nodes work and what do they do?
- Provide SSIDs:
- peoplesopen.net (public, accessible by everyone)
+ tunnels over our virtual public network
+ should legally protect
- private (a private AP for a home user)
- Ad-hoc node->node ssid
* What are the benefits of a local network?
- Local services (accessible even when The Internet is down
- increase bandwidth by uploading / down
* Other examples of mesh networks?
* Several networks up to 3,000 nodes
* Guifi.net is the largest community network (22,000+ nodes)
* What does the FCC think?
* We're using unlicensed spectrum
* How do we cover Oakland?
* More towers for people to point nodes at
* Google Earth now has 3D building data
* USGS makes topo data available publicly afaik, city zoning DBs are likely to have building height data.
* In-home node for $30
* Street-facing node for $50-60
* Rooftop node for $120
* How does it get to the internet?
* Public SSID is routed through a VPN tunnel that
* Configured to share existing bandwidth (user-determined) and connect to the nearest node
* VPN tunneling
* Check out new MonoPrice routers
* Name recognition?
* ZeroConf networking, Eg Apple's Bonjour
* mDNS (decentralized resolution of DNS)
* We've talked to the director of BART twice, re: dark fiber
* "You should talk to Berkeley Labs"
* DisasterRadio - super low-bandwidth delay-tolerant mesh - http://sudoroom.org/wiki/DisasterRadio
* Crypto Currency to encourage folks to host nodes
* Scavenger hunt-style game (eg unlock badges for connecting to nodes)
- Update on home routers tested (3)
- Firmware update and todo (how far away from 0.2 are we)
- exit node provisioning script
- monitoring (mini_snmp and cacti)
- service browser
- fake captive portal (MDNS + node.js)
- someone's experience suggested that adding a google search form was useful
- There's a mesh-dev list at https://lists.sudoroom.org/listinfo/mesh-dev for more technical dev discussion.
- Contact Deekoo if you want a login/passphrase on it.
- Mitar / Cloyne colo offer,
Call out to Developers!
- What would you want to see a local network provide (service wise)?
- Perhaps just thinking about what it would take to implement previously developed services
- Matt and Jenny have been talking with a community organizer in Richmond re: interviewing local residents and activists
- Also beginning conversations with Nerds for Nature re: sensor networks
- Berkeley cooperative houses
- We have about $4000 ($3K and 2 BTC)
- We should buy some new hardware!
- Lots of available rooftops in W Oakland
- Nanostations (6), Nanobridges (6), Western Digital home routers
* Max is going to talk with folks about services/service-browser
* Deekoo is still being paranoid about security audits of openwrt, but doesn't have time to rewrite the build process.
* "How to Care for Your Node" guide
* Set up a build server that can be remotely and automatically shut down and booted up
* Pester people who've checked out hardware [Jenny]
* Buy some newer hardware so we can start keeping stock [Jenny]