Steve Song | 8 Apr 18:47 2014

Congralutations to Mahabir Pun

on his induction into the Internet Hall of Fame.  


Well deserved!

Cheers... Steve

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Ramnarayan.K | 4 Apr 06:47 2014
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Wireless Mesh technology - FireChat ignites new way to communicate on phones

FireChat ignites new way to communicate on phones

http://news.yahoo.com/firechat-ignites-way-communicate-phones-160939070--finance.html

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new mobile messaging application called FireChat is empowering nearby smartphone users to stay in touch even when there's no cellular service or Internet connection.

In just two weeks since its release on the iPhone, FireChat already has provided a flicker of hope for people pining for more effective, secure and affordable ways to communicate. That's because the free messaging app harnesses a technology called wireless mesh networking, which might someday allow a myriad of devices to connect like links in a chain.

The technique might someday be used to tie together thousands of devices with built-in radios and make it possible to be online without having to pay for the access. It could also enable online communications in remote areas or disaster zones without Wi-Fi or cellular signals. Furthermore, the conversations in these so-called "off-the-grid" networks can't be easily hacked into by spies and mischief makers or shut down by governments trying to stifle free speech.

"We trying to create networks built by the people for the people," said Micha Benoliel, CEO of Open Garden, maker of the FireChat app.

Open Garden, a San Francisco startup with just 10 employees, is taking another step toward its ambitious goal with Thursday's release of a FireChat app for Android phones.

FireChat could be an even hotter commodity on Android given the demographic differences between that platform's user base and the typical iPhone owner. The app already has been installed on more than 1 million iOS devices.

Many smartphones running on Google Inc.'s free Android software are cheaper than Apple Inc.'s iPhone. That has made Android phones the top-selling mobile devices in less affluent countries, including in regions where Internet access is inadequate or expensive.

Google is among the big Internet companies intrigued with mesh networking's potential to bring more of the world online.

Sundar Pichai, Google's executive in charge of Android, has touted mesh networks as a way to connect wearable computers, such as the company's Glass eyewear. Mesh networks also could be used to bring a wide variety of everyday appliances online, helping to build an Internet of things instead of just websites.

FireChat's reach so far is limited. When connecting off the grid, iPhone app users have only been able to send text and photos to other FireChat users within a range of 30 to 100 feet.

Later this year, Open Garden plans to upgrade FireChat's iPhone app so off-the-grid users will be able to hopscotch through a daisy chain of devices to extend the reach of a local network. If this works, a FireChat user sitting in the right-field bleachers of a baseball game would be able to text with a friend on the other side of the stadium if enough other iPhone users in the ballpark also are on FireChat.

This extended range will be available immediately on FireChat's Android app because Open Garden released a mesh networking app for that operating system nearly two years ago.

FireChat's iPhone app piggybacks on an often overlooked feature called the Multipeer Connectivity Framework that Apple Inc. included in its latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, released last September. Apple says more than 80 percent of people using its mobile devices rely on iOS 7.

For now, Android phones and iPhones with the FireChat app won't be able to engage in off-the-grid conversation. Open Garden, though, believes it will eventually be able to make mesh networking work on phones running on different operating systems.

As the mesh networking software improved, Benoliel realized Open Garden needed to come up with application to demonstrate what the technology could do. In that practical sense, FireChat is similar to the word processing and spreadsheet programs that Microsoft released decades ago to help broaden the appeal of its Windows operating system for personal computers, said Christophe Daligault, Open Garden's marketing chief.

FireChat's development was driven by the popularity of other mobile messaging apps such as Snapchat and WhatsApp that enabled smartphone users to text and send pictures to their friends and family without having to pay smartphone carriers.

Like texts and photos sent on Snapchat, nothing transmitted through FireChat is saved. All content evaporates once the app is closed. FireChat also allows all its users to remain anonymous, another feature that is becoming popular on a variety of mobile messaging apps, such as Wickr and Rumr.

There still aren't enough people using FireChat to ensure users will find someone nearby to message. To pique people's interest in the app, FireChat offers an "everyone" option that allows users to enter a digital chat room with up to 80 other random users located in the same country. This option requires a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.

Dailigault concedes FireChat's chat room isn't as high-minded as mesh networking.

"We are finding a lot of people are using it when they are just looking for something to do for a few minutes," Dailigault said. "Some of the discussions there are turning out to be more interesting than anything they can find on Facebook."

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Ramnarayan.K | 26 Mar 17:46 2014
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Strange issues with partially functioning wifi hardware

Hi

Am facing some strange issues with our broadband internet. Served by BSNL India.

First a range of the DSL / ADSl modems have partially functioning ports.

Second one of the devices allows only some sites to work (like all google sites)

I have two adsl routers
The first a ZTE ZXDSL 531B 4 ethernet port and wifi router - this allows only some sites to be accessed. It seems like a known problem.

The second a Dlink -DSL- 2520U has a malfunctioning (single) ethernet port but its usb port continues to work.

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Its a Catch 22 situation - the ZXDSL routers allows wifi and limited internet - but many folks (4 of us) can use it to access gmail , google news, some banking sites, some government sites and some others _- there is no pattern, _ ihave changed dns' both on the modem as well on local machines but it does not help. 

The Dlink router allows only one person - sitting really close to a short usb cable to use the net.

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It is possible to get a replacement but our location is such that the replacement modem will take atleast 10 days to reach. 

So temporarily was wondering if the following is a workable solution
 
A laptop running Linux (Linux mint 15) is connected to the Dlink 2520U via the usb cable. 
The internet connection is shared (how is what i aim to ask) and via a ethernet cable i feed a linksys wrt54gl wifi router. 

If this is a workable solution may i request the following
1. If yes, How to i get a laptop that is accessing the internet via the usb connection to pass on the internet via an ethernet cable to the linksys router 

If its not possible - would you have any suggestions 

Would be grateful for your suggestions

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Its possible that tomorrow I may sit next to the dlink router and download the openwrt version for the zte zxdsl router - but that will take some time. and a lot more time to install and configure the device with i guess a chance of bricking the device all together.

However if someone can google drive the said files and instructions maybe i can try and install them. I think the firmware upgrade is in two phases - first to install some cfe file and then install the openwrt firmware

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I have another router that seems to not work 
which is also a Dlink GLB-502T-V2  

I don't think there is any openwrt firmware for this - if there is,  then am willing to give this one a full go because as of now its just a piece of junk.

Again if there is , may i request, that the firmware (and instructions) be google drived (as it seems i can access that)

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thanks and looking forward to your suggestions and advice

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sasha | 5 Feb 19:04 2014
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Hi from a newbie

Hi good people,

I completely forgot I subscribed to this list, but since I am here, here is what interests me. I am pondering the idea of starting a wifi community, bit I fail to find online some instructions on how to do this how doe it work and what the steps are. Pardon me if the questions appear stupid. I know a bit about technology, biit how this works is something I am not familiar with.

I know its about routers connecting over wireless (obviously) but how is the network architecture configured? How could be this done as simple as possible?
What would be a good router and software to use? Thanks, and sorry if this is out of scope. Greetings,

Sasha from Serbia ( in New Zealand currently)
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Alexander List | 4 Feb 13:20 2014
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Outernet

Hi,

just ran across this project...

https://www.outernet.is/

WiFi from outer space ;)

cheers

Alex

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Juergen Neumann | 14 Jun 16:52 2013
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IS4CWN 2013: "Where do we grow from here?"

Hi all!

Come to the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks
(IS4CWN) and join freifunk's and many CWN's 10th anniversary.

IS4CWN will happen October 2nd - 4th 2013, in Berlin. Call for papers
ends June 30th => Theme: "Where do we grow from here?"

If you have anything to present or talk about in this field, please join
and share. There's space for panels, presentations, workshops,
OpenSpaces, hackathons, etc.  

We are also especially looking for apps, services and content which are
relevant for the local intranets of our community networks.

Please save the date, join and spread the word!
http://2013.wirelesssummit.org/

JuergeN 

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Roger Baig Viñas | 14 Jun 10:06 2013
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CNBuB2013 Workshop: Submission deadline extended one week (new deadline June 22, 2013)

Dear list members

The submission deadline of the call for papers for 2nd International
Workshop on Community Networks and Bottom-up-Broadband (CNBuB2013)
[1], within WiMob2013 [2], has been  extended one week, being the new
and _definitive_ deadline on June 22, 2013.

[1] http://research.ac.upc.edu/CNBuB2013/
[2] http://conferences.computer.org/wimob2013/

Hoping that this will extra week will turn into more and better papers,

Roger Baig Viñas
Fundació Privada per a la Xarxa Oberta, Lliure i Neutral guifi.net

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Vickram Crishna | 1 Jun 12:17 2013
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Commotion in Dharamshala

Excerpt:

We have finalized the dates of the Commotion Mesh Wireless Workshop in Dharamsala for June 3rd through June 7th. I will send more details once we have additional details about when participants should reach Dharamsala and local logistics.

Below is the link for a pre-workshop survey for every participant who will attend the workshop. So kindly fill out this survey for us to better understand the background of participants, their expectations of what the workshop would entail, and how they might use their learning. 

https://docs.google.com/a/opentechinstitute.org/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dElER3RzZEhidlNwZFpPMmZId0l3aXc6MQ


I don't think this was publicised through the list earlier. I understand that several listmembers are expected to be there, so hopefully we will see some reports circulated here by the end of it.
 
Vickram
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http://vvcrishna.wordpress.com
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Juergen Neumann | 14 May 15:43 2013
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freifunk video now with subtitles in various languages!

Hi all!

Our fancy new freifunk video is now available with subtitles in various
languages [af, ar, de, en, fa, fr, it, sw, vi, ...]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z12OjnPADA

Thanks to all volunteers at the Freifunk Wireless Communtiy Weekend 2013
who helped make this happen! :)

Please spread the word and join us at the International Summit for
Community Wirless Networks (IS4CWN) in Berlin, Oct. 2-4, 2013:
http://2013.wirelesssummit.org/

Thx and greets!

JuergeN

PS: If you want to help us with other languages, please use this pad:
http://pad.freifunk.net/p/Spot2013

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Roger Baig Viñas | 9 May 18:21 2013
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Call for papers for 2nd International Workshop on Community Networks and Bottom-up-Broadband (CNBuB2013)

Dear list members,

The call for papers period for 2nd International Workshop on Community
Networks and Bottom-up-Broadband (CNBuB2013) [1] is opened until June 15th.

This workshop is an effort to narrow the gap between community networks
and the academia. It is aimed to be a place for exchanging knowledge and
for exploring collaborations. We are convinced that putting together the
wide field experience and the innovative ideas and proposals of the
communities with the research resources and methodologies of the
academia must be beneficial for both sides.

Unfortunately academic conferences are not cheap, but we don't want the
cost to be an inconvenient for any community member to not submit a
paper. We have gathered some budget to sponsor (at least partially)
travelling costs and registration fees. Please send me an e-mail if you
need financial assistance.

This is the second edition of the workshop, and if we want to keep it in
the future we must make sure that this edition is, at least, as
successful as the first one. So... we need papers to be submitted

The Workshop was presented in a lighting talk in the WBMv6 last month.
You can check the slides [2] for further details.

Please to not hesitate to contact me if you need any further
information, want to make a suggestion, etc.

[1] http://research.ac.upc.edu/CNBuB2013/
[2]
http://www.battlemesh.org/BattleMeshV6/Agenda?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=LT09_CNBuB2013_WS.pdf

Looking forward to your papers,

Felix Freitag and Roger Baig
CNBuB2013 Chairs

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