So, here is where things currently stand, as of yesterday:

  • We have documentation with error that prevent internet communication.
  • We have documentation that allows for mesh communication
  • We have an automated method for setting up and undoing configuration of a Linux device based on Debian.
  • We know we can set up OpenWrt to be compatible with mesh networks and be our up-link. ┬─┬ノ(°–°ノ)
  • The device we put OpenWrt on can’t be connected to, even through cables. (╯°□°)╯︵┻━┻
  • We are working with Ubiquity hardware for those.
  • I have someone working on setting up the Mesh Gateway devices.

Beyond this, I was talking to someone yesterday about mesh. His extent of knowledge is from the Pirate Box, which uses mesh protocols. The pirate box was not meant to go on the internet, though.

However, he also mentioned that one could improve the user’s privacy by sending the data to a Tor relay. As I hear, it is pretty easy. Set the DNS to one of the relays, set the IP-tables to function with the relays. Problem being: what if those IPs go down or move? Perhaps we will have good reason for a periodic checker for that. We would need to check how much this hinders internet access before deciding to do it, though (or let people choose ╮(╯_╰)╭ ) .