Reference: Wireless Mesh Internet–A List

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Venessa Miemis

16+ Projects & Initiatives Building Ad-Hoc Wireless Mesh Networks

For those interested in alternative internet infrastructures, I’ve been assembling a list of projects and initiatives working to build mesh network solutions, as well as communities and resources around this topic. I’ve also posted this on Quora. Please feel free to add any projects I’ve missed. We’re hoping to understand the landscape of this initiative and how these projects & communities can better coordinate their efforts, in preparation for the Contact Conference in NYC this October 20, 2011.


Open Mesh Project – building a mesh network for Egypt
Open Source Mesh – group looking at how to build a reliable open source meshing software
B.A.T.M.A.N. – better approach to mobile ad-hoc networking; routing protocol for multi-hop ad-hoc mesh networks
Roofnet – 802.11b/g mesh network in development at MIT CSAIL
GNUnet – framework for secure p2p networking that doesn not use any centralized or otherwise trusted services
Dot-P2P – a free, decentralized, and open DNS system
SMesh – seamless wireless mesh network being developed at John Hopkins University
Coova – open source software access controller for captive portal (UAM) and 802.1X access provisioning
Babel – a loop-free distance-vector routing protocol for IPv6 & IPv4
SolarMESH – solar powered IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN mesh network  and relaying infrastructure solution
WING – wireless mesh network for next-generation internet; partially built on Roofnet
Daihinia – a tool for WiFi; turns a simple ad-hoc network into a multi-hop ad-hoc network
P2P DNS – building a distributed p2p DNS system – develop an inexpensive infrastructure (low bandwidth internet terminals) for basic internet exposure to children in African countries
Netsukuku – an ad-hoc netowork that uses only WiFi connectivity and a specifically-built adddress system that allows direct communications between machines without resorting to the HTTP protocol
Tonika – open source organic network project; administration-free platlform for large-scale open-membership (social) networks with robust security, anonymity, resilience and performance guarantees

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