"High Speed MultiMedia Mesh" (hsmm-mesh), now called 'Broadband Hamnet'. This is a re-deploy of existing technology that uses inexpensive and readily available consumer hardware and re purposes it for Amateur use. Using software built on FOSS, there's still a lot of experimentation and development potential.
Biggest advantage to this approach is ease of setup and low costs. Buy an off-the-shelf WiFi router (I use this online outlet), flash the firmware, some minimal configuration and voila! You have a working node. If you're close enough to another node - done. To increase range may take some effort in regards to antennas and feed-lines - as it does in anything else 'radio'.
There is another, more advance project called 'HamWAN' - but it requires the use of specialized equipment. Read about it here.
This page is JUST beginning! Not much here - yet. For now, best info is the hsmm-mesh.org web site.
Known node operators:
- -1 - IRC
- -2 - NTP
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