Meraki: A Cheap Last Mile Solution
Now solar powered....
is the latest to profile Meraki
, a Mountain View, California, startup that says they plan to cure the infamous last mile dilemma on the cheap with Wi-Fi hardware and software based on MIT’s Roofnet project
The company's $49 "Meraki Mini"
features a Wi-Fi router-on-a-chip, and can be used to improve existing mesh networks -- like, say the signal strength-challenged Google network just down the road
(they received seed money from Google).
"As long as each Mini can "see" at least one other Mini (they have to be within 100 feet of one another indoors or within 700 feet in areas where the signal is not impeded by walls or buildings), the network will self-configure. Minis that are actually plugged into the Internet act as routers; the ones that are not act as repeaters, retransmitting the signal of router Minis."
The company says Meraki gear is being used by some 45,000 users in 35 countries, who collectively operate 1,000 networks. Part of Meraki's plan is to allow people to become "Micro"
service providers in regions where cost is an issue, or where broadband connections are scarce
The company recently announced
a $99 solar powered weatherproof wireless router and repeater with a range of 400-700 feet. "Paired with Meraki’s existing indoor $49 Mini, the Meraki Outdoor repeater can power access for dozens of households sharing one high speed connection,"
says the company.
| |John GaltForward, MarchPremium
Re: Interesting idea
said by Ancalagon:Actually, the term you are looking for is "throughput" rather than "signal" degradation.
If it works, great...but I can't imagine there wouldn't be significant signal degradation from daisy-chaining a bunch of wireless routers/repeaters.
But yes, that is true. This effect is well-known with mesh systems, especially those that use a single frequency.
A is A
Santa Rosa, CA
said by averagedude:If your ISP knew you were running a Meraki - in fact, if they sold it to you - they would know that use from that IP might not be you. They could, in fact, determine what MAC address was connected at the time the subpoena states. They could NOT give the law enforcement YOUR info, but instead whatever info they had on the person who used the Meraki.
I was thinking something similar.
Without ISP protections, that would mean you (as an individual) would be required to keep records of all use for the department of homeland security, and provide a back door for them.
Hmm - wonder if any ISPs are headed in this direction...
| |bmn? ? ?Premium,ExMod 2003-06
said by MadDog3057:It is different from FON because a person wanting to start a small WISP would be able to do it for a reasonable price. Nothing would stop a muni operation or a starter WISP from using this technology and having it attached to something like a DS3 and running a full blown operation.
except from the solar powered access point, how is this company different from FON?
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