Written by Justin Goetz -
So recently most of my time has been involved with this new thing in my neighborhood called PittMesh. Pittmesh is an awesome idea of creating a huge MESH WiFi network in Pittsburgh, PA. So whats the purpose? A community run mini-version of the "internet", where various services can be hosted by fellow pittmesh-ers, without the need of relying on an Internet Provider to deliver digital content.
Recently, I got connected to the mesh over an insane 2.1 mile WiFi link. (Many thanks to Adam Longwill for his assistance!!). How this works, we use Ubiquity equipment, more specifically two nanostations and an airgrid, to bounce the signal down to my house. My house doesn't have direct line of sight to the nearest pittmesh node, so instead I have to bounce the signal off my Grandma's house up the street, who can see the node. This is accomplished by using an Ubiquity AirGrid M5 to connect 2.1 miles away to pittmesh, then using a pair of nanostations to connect our houses together (only 1,053 feet apart).
So far the experience has been very fun and informative. I've learned alot about WiFi technologies along the way, as well as learning about OSLR, the routing protocol we use on the Mesh. I will continue to post here as I create more projects to use with the mesh network.