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Any practical experience with HSMM-MESH ?
« on: June 17, 2014, 12:52:38 PM »
I happen to have a Linksys WRT54g Linux router that I use as a gateway and wifi access point at home.  I actually have a secondary AP that a relative donated bridged via ethernet to my linksys.  I did that because the donated router supports the faster 802.11n, but I still prefer the security and management software on the linksys.

So for no cost but my time, I can install the firmware to support HSMM-MESH on my linksys.

A few thoughts:

In a long term power or communications disruption, this could be very helpful, if there are other nodes within line of sight from me.
Trouble is I have no idea if such nodes are permanently deployed, or if a bunch of other HAMS/preppers would deploy them on demand following some emergency event. 
I guess I could lit this up and see if it finds any other nodes.  I don't suppose there's a directory of these as with RF repeaters?

Are these just a curious field day project, or have they been incorporated into actual emergency plans? 

If there are multiple agencies/hams that use these, then it seems worth my time.  However if I'm the only guy within 50 miles, this isn't really useful at all.  My main goal would be to reach the internet in the event my own ISP wasn't available.  I don't necessarily have any interest in making a giant neighborhood LAN party, though in theory that sounds cool if you're Glen Tate living at your Pierce Point compound.


More details:

http://www.broadband-hamnet.org/

http://www.engineeringradio.us/blog/2012/12/the-neighborhood-mesh-network/