1.6—The Benefits of Scaling Up

It’s well known that scaling your organization up is beneficial, and the mesh is no exception. Part of the reason is the way a mesh system works. A typical “hub and spoke” pattern supplies internet from a central source. Neighbors rely solely on their provider to get their signal. If that connection is broken, say by a cable to the …

1.5–Small But Growing

We have raised only half the money we need for equipment, so this year we were only able to install three access points. An access point gets its internet via a fast wireless connection from the gateway using a non-mesh Ubiquiti NanoBeam router. Each of these is connected by a cable to a MetaMesh router that picks up the signal …

1.4—Is the Internet Bad for Seniors?

Someone once told me that internet access isn’t a good thing for seniors because it would just make them more isolated. Well, I suppose that would be the case if they  spent all their time on the internet watching movies. But they don’t. Most of those over 65  I’ve talked to use the internet to connect with the outside world. …

1.3—Don’t Click

People sometimes imagine that hackers are very talented shadowy figures who gain access to your computer by using cryptic techniques, like a skilled lock picker. Sometimes people imagine that said hacker might be somebody in their neighborhood who is “really good with computers”. Actually, reality is much more mundane. Most hackers don’t live anywhere near you and they usually gain …

1.2—Your Amazing Router

The internet is built on the backs of some amazing machines—-routers. Routers are how information gets everywhere on the net. Routers are like the postal system of the digital world. When you send a request from a computer to get a web page, your amazing little router does a lot of important stuff at lightning speed. Then it gets help …

1.1—The Magic of Wireless

Cords suck. Appliance cords that are never long enough, that nest of cables underneath your computer, the strings of wires that line our streets and forever changed the look of American towns. Remember when you had to actually be at the phone plugged into the wall to talk with some one? That’s why people love wireless. That’s why Nikola Tesla …

Mesh Testing

It was a bit of a surreal experience sitting at Memphremagog Rentals listening to Celtic music on my laptop coming from the access point Meta Mesh router atop the church tower, with the Ubiquiti router's lights gleaming eerily green in the dark. There have been many hurdles lately---but Fred's management system is working well to access the mesh routers, it ...