Episode 7: Mesh Networking 101

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Welcome back friends, to another edition of Convince Yourself Media. Join us as we document a meeting of Idaho Panhandle residents interested in creating a mesh-network. What is a mesh network? How does it work? Why would a community want or need one? Why should I care? Tim Fry (tim@frydaho.com) graciously agreed to speak to a group of about 15 Idaho Panhanlites curious about mesh networking, and how we as a community can begin the process of building a parallel network outside of the control of the powers-that-shouldn’t-be.  Just the basics this time around, as this is set to be an ongoing talk, and hopefully, time permitting a series of videos. Watch as we learn. Please feel free to join in the discussion, if you have some specific knowledge please post any relative links in the comments section.

Here are some reference material Tim emailed me, for your perusal, as your auto-didactic, continued self-education is encouraged.

AmRRON Channel 3 Project
https://www.amrron.com/communications-resources/ch3-project/

Bonner County Amateur Radio Club
http://k7jep.org/

Bonner County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES)
http://www.k7jep.org/bonnerares/

Radios discussed:

Baofeng BF-888s (UHF only)
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_nkw=bf-888s&_frs=1

Baofeng UV-82 (Dual-band, VHF / UHF)
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_nkw=baofeng+uv-82&_frs=1

Baofeng UV-5R (Dual-band, VHF / UHF)
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_nkw=baofeng+uv-5r&_frs=1

Mesh network nodes:

Open-mesh
https://www.open-mesh.com/products/access-points.html

EnGenius ENH900EXT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833168139&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-PC-_-pla-_-Wireless+AP-_-N82E16833168139&gclid=Cj0KEQjwgLGuBRCqptLsnJCvh-wBEiQAiNRjsSJ4I8jeT4kw6LT5_PbDbHB8q4RUf1Gj2cF6XarvCFAaAj0q8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

The Peacekeeper App.
http://peacekeeper.org/

If anyone out there is keeping track, and wondering what happened to Episode 6. Fear not, It’s become a pain in my butt to edit, but it will show up at some point. I only skipped ahead to keep things chronological.

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