[Freedombox-discuss] FreedomBox Testing 2012.0617 Image Published
Well... FreedomBox, at its essence, is a piece of software (a blend of
Debian). There are certain pieces of hardware that we've targeted, but
the software should be able to run on just about any reasonably powerful
general purpose computer. So the answer depends on the particular
hardware in question.
If we are talking about the dreamplug, which is the general reference
hardware, then I believe it to be unlikely that any reasonably usable
mesh will be formed using the onboard wifi radios. Certainly it could be
done in a limited way -- the problem is scaling. The solution that I
suggest to this problem is to attach hardware such as the dreamplug to a
purpose-built transponder unit (I call this FreedomNode).
There is a lot of flexibility/complexity here. What you suggest is
possible, but not as straightforward as simply letting the boxes talk to
one another using their onboard radios.
On 06/17/2012 09:03 PM, Rick C. Hodgin wrote:
> Hmmm... So, the Freedombox needs to use external infrastructure such as an ethernet or WiFi router?
> I was thinking WiFi would connect all neighbors together on a WiFi mesh able to simultaneously transmit / receive to other Freedomboxes directly without a hub / router. Sort of an ad hoc Internet.
> Is such a thing possible with WiFi?
> Best regards,
> Rick C. Hodgin
> -------- Original Message --------
> From: Isaac Wilder <isaac_lists at freenetworkmovement.org>
> Sent: Sun, Jun 17, 2012 09:05 PM
> To: freedombox-discuss at lists.alioth.debian.org
> Subject: Re: [Freedombox-discuss] FreedomBox Testing 2012.0617 Image Published
>> They could connect to each via secure tunnels using existing network
>> infrastructure, assuming that your neighbors have such connectivity.
>> They could also be attached to radio transponders participating in a
>> mesh network in order to connect with each directly.
>> On 06/17/2012 06:19 PM, Rick C. Hodgin wrote:
>>> I got my FreedomBox working last night. Booted up. 192.168.1.1, pwd
>>> nosoup4u. It worked great. Was able to plug in eth0 and eth1 into my
>>> LAN (at different times) and get Internet access while using WiFi as
>>> an access point.
>>> I was explaining it to my family last night, but I got stuck on
>>> something: How this will work? :-)
>>> How can a Freedombox connect to more than one other Freedombox at a
>>> time? Meaning how could my Freedombox connect to my neighbor's to the
>>> east, and my neighbor's to the west, and my neighbor across the street
>>> all at the same time, able to send data back-and-forth on WiFi?
>>> Best regards,
>>> Rick C. Hodgin
>>> On 06/17/2012 03:15 PM, Nick M. Daly wrote:
>>>> Hi folks, the latest FreedomBox testing image is published at the usual
>>>> places (, , ). Sorry it's late, I'm trying to figure out how
>>>> to make it easier to turn the directory image into a QEmu image, but
>>>> haven't had much luck so far. I've also had trouble installing the new
>>>> image to my DreamPlug, which doesn't make much sense, given how little
>>>> has changed since I installed it from Bdale's original repository. If
>>>> anybody else has similar problems or solutions, I'd appreciate any
>>>> Again, THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE FREEDOMBOX. PLEASE USE AN ESTABLISHED
>>>> SYSTEM TO PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY.
>>>> Changes this week include:
>>>> - James Valleroy added Plinth's required packages to the FreedomBox
>>>> image to make it work better, out of the box.
>>>> - Tom Galloway completed FreedomBuddy's web-UI. It still needs love to
>>>> make it pretty, but it's wonderfully functional.
>>>> - Other stuff I've forgotten?
>>>> Thanks to all the contributors,
>>>> 0: https://github.com/NickDaly/freedombox-image
>>>> 1: https://www.betweennowhere.net/tracker/freedombox-unstable.torrent
>>>> 2: https://www.betweennowhere.net/tracker/freedombox-unstable.tar.bz2
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