so that a signal can be passed along to give it greater effective range
- eventually it needs to connect to the real Internet, unless you want to have local-only access to a local server (Resilient Community)
- used by OLPC (even though still a draft)
Life Net is a WiFi-based data communication solution designed for post-disaster scenarios. It is Open Source software and designed to run on consumer devices such as laptops, smart-phones and wireless routers. Life Net is an ad hoc networking platform over which critical software applications including chat, voice messaging, MIS systems, etc. can be easily deployed. Life Net can grow incrementally, is robust to node failures and enables Internet sharing. A novel multi-path ad-hoc routing protocol present at its core, enables Life Net to achieve these features. Works with OpenWRT.
various Open Source routing protocols http://netlixir.typepad.com/3sty/2007/10/open-source-mes.html
Motorola owns the MeshNetworks company. http://www.govtech.net/magazine/channel_story.php?channel=8&id=93339