[sf-lug] Wireless Mesh networking using the XO laptop

jasonstone jasonstone at gmail.com
Sun Nov 11 10:47:25 PST 2007


I have watched this from afar, but have little first hand experience.

The issues that I have with the Meraki model, as I understand it, is  
that the node owner purchases the node, supplies the bandwidth and the  
neighbors get free wifi with ads.

Now, I am actually quite supportive of the first part.  When I moved  
into my current place I purchased equipment to start an SFLAN node,  
but alas, that project folded before I became active.  Wireless mesh  
networks seem to have the spirit that the early internet had.

Being the lazy person that I am (and not having done the research),  
does anyone know if I can take Meraki's code and modify it to not run  
ads, but still be part of the mesh community (freedom).  Would people  
that use the same mesh technologies (MIT?) be able to join the network  
without banner ads (beer)?  I am also ignorantly concerned about the  
data being collected about the sites that people choose to view on the  
Meraki network for targeted advertising. (freedom).

I apologize if this seems adversarial (I dont mean to be) and that I  
didnt do my homework fully.


On Nov 11, 2007, at 10:21 AM, Christian Einfeldt wrote:

> On Nov 9, 2007 2:41 PM, Kristian Erik Hermansen <kristian.hermansen at gmail.com 
> > wrote:
> On 11/9/07, Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu> wrote:
> > Mass production is already happening as we speak/write
> > ( http://opensource.sfsu.edu/node/421). We will probably buy a few  
> at SF
> > State so that we can conduct mesh networking experiments.
> Sorry if I already posted this link, but there is already the  
> beginning of a free (as in freedom and free as in beer) mesh network  
> being built in SF:
> http://sf.meraki.com/overview
> Has anyone used this network yet?
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