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WasabiNet endorses the Battle of the Mesh v9

on Fri, 02/05/2016 - 9:51pm

The "Wireless Battle of the Mesh" is an event that aims to bring together people from across the globe to test the performance of different routing protocols for ad-hoc networks, like Babel, B.A.T.M.A.N, BMX, OLSR, and 802.11s.

Many developers and community networkers will join the event to hack, test, discuss, explain and learn.

If you are interested in dynamic routing protocols or wireless community networks you can't miss this event!

The battlemesh is free of charge and open for all, every year we strive to keep participation costs low by negotiating deals for accommodation and food.

This

FCC Considering Rules That Ban Open Firmware!

on Tue, 09/29/2015 - 5:46pm

The FCC is considering rules that would require manufacturers of Wifi-enabled equipment like routers, tablets, and even computers to lock them against installing alternative firmware and software.  Such locks would prevent the use of Open Source software like OpenWRT (which WasabiNet uses!), DD-WRT, and really anything other than what the equipment manufacters themselves choose to release.

Indeed, some wifi routers are already appearing on the market with locked firmware, since that is simply much cheaper for manufacturers to do, than attempt to follow the FCC's proposed regulation. (I.e.

FCC's Net Neutrality Announcement & Freifunk at GSOC 2015

on Wed, 02/04/2015 - 7:59pm

A couple exicitng things happened over the past few days!

First, FCC Chairman Wheeler confirmed that the agency plans to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act and implement bright line rules that apply to both wired and wireless networks.  (We're fans of this happening.)  You can also read the statement from the New America Foundation here.  Interesting comment from Russell Senior of Personal Telco, however, about how this doesn't quite go far enough for the last mile.

Second, the happy Leute over at Freifunk are getting ready for the

Today is Internet Slowdown Day

on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 9:25am
Top sites on the Internet, including Netflix and Reddit, will display today a constant "loading" symbol -- the so-called "loading pinwheel" or, alternately, the Spinning Wheel of Death.  It's part of Internet Slowdown Day.
 
They believe in the "free and open Internet, with no arbitrary fees or slow lanes for sites that can't pay. All of the people, companies, and organizations below have taken taken a stand for 'Title II reclassification,' the only option that lets the FCC stop cable companies from breaking the key principles of the Internet they love.
 

Wasabi Peas Proposal

on Thu, 06/26/2014 - 9:01pm

This was a proposal submitted to the 2014 Arch Grants funding competition.  Sadly, we didn't make the final round, but we're posting the proposal's details here on request from community mesh wifi enthusiast. A related topic is our rooftop solar mesh concept Sunflower Mesh.

The Wasabi Pea is a low-cost meshing WiFi hotspot easily deployable in small or large numbers, with additional provision for battery operation in emergencies. 

Some backround: WasabiNet develops and deploys low-cost, neighborhood-scale mesh wireless broadband technology for rooftops with low operating costs and high

The Importance of Shielding

on Wed, 06/11/2014 - 11:56pm

TDLR version:
Shields are absolutely necessary for any radios hung on the same mast.  Homemade shields described below will work, but you might as well just buy the $28 prefab RF Armor shields for Nanostation here and Nanostation Loco here.

Longer version:
Despite better judgment, I have been rolling out some nifty homebrew "RF Armor" style shields on Nanostations and Nanostation Locos.  They yield particular benefit for any radios mounted on the same mast.  Indeed, I'd say such shields are required for co-located radios, even with 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz units.

WasabiNet Endorses BattleMesh 7!

on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 3:58pm

The "Wireless Battle of the Mesh" is an event that brings together people from across the globe to test the performance of different routing protocols for ad-hoc networks, like Babel, B.A.T.M.A.N., BMX, 802.11s, and OLSR (which is what we use here at WasabiNet) .

Many developers and community networkers will join the event to hack, test, discuss, explain and learn.  If you are interested in dynamic routing protocols or wireless community networks you can't miss this event!

The event is free of charge and open for all, and every year Battlemeshlers strive to keep participation costs low by

Hello from WLAN Slovenija

on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 2:35pm

Oh boy!  Last year, while attending the International Summit on Community Wireless Networks (http://wirelesssummit.org) last October, Ben had a chance to meet up again with the emmient Luka Mustafa (Musti) of WLAN Slovenija.  They're pretty cool, operating a wireless network that actually traverses the whole country!  And they make awesome schwag.  After being lost in postal limbo a couple months or so, our tshirts arrived!  The chicken is very cool, but that is also a map of their wireless network spanning the entire breadth of Slovenia.  That's awesome!

What Can You Do About Net Neutrality?

on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:04pm

As you have likely already read, recently the FCC's "net neutrality rules were partially struck down today by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which said the Commission did not properly justify its anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules."  Read more on the Ars Technica story.  Likewise this longer, more critical story from the Verge goes into more detail about the background of this issue.

Almost in the New York Times! Cool Mesh Wifi Stories!

on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 6:16pm

Ben West, co-founder of WasabiNet, was in fact interviewed last month by New York Times writer Kate Murphy in research of her recent article about community-based mesh wireless networks.  Unfortunately, we didn't make the final cut, being edited out for reasons of space.  (Sad trombone.)  Still, the other community networks mentioned, Personal Telco, FNF (in Kansas City!), and AWMN, all very cool.

NYT: Home Wireless Network Keeps the Snoops Away

LIKE most people, Kim Thomas has a broadband connection at home that she uses to check email, surf the Internet and stream music and video.

But unlike

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