Open community wireless “mesh” networks digitally connect communities, and allow neighbors to share Internet access or use locally hosted applications.
Community networks are built by a coalition of community anchor institutions, community-based organizations, municipal representatives, and individuals working together to plan, design, and deploy a network. Ownership and management duties are distributed among the community. Digital Stewards are community members that take care of the network.
Mesh networking begins with people. Work with your community to determine communication needs, interests, and willingness to participate and help. Start with conversations or meetings about how your group could use mesh networking. For help, see the Planning modules in the Commotion Construction Kit. We also encourage you to read our frequently asked questions.
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You can also join us using your chat program on IRC in the #commotion channel on the irc.freenode.net server.
Learn more about using IRC.
Commotion can be used on a variety of devices. Depending on your community’s needs, you need to select the hardware that will form your network. The network can be made up of cell phones, computers, and routers. Review our Supported Devices to get started.
Each device you use needs Commotion software. Learn how to flash routers, root phones, and configure Commotion software using our Install + Configure guides. These installation procedures vary based on what hardware you’re using.
Deploy the network and get multiple devices to communicate in your location. Teach users in your community how to connect to the network.
Try out services offered by mesh apps on your network or share your Internet connection with the network so others can get online.