Ronja: at 10 Mbps, the next stage in wireless mesh networking?
by Andy Oram
But WiFi has 1990s bandwidth; you'll be frustrated trying to download your daughter's video. WiMAX can break the bandwidth barrier, but it's a costly, centralized technology that has to be rolled out by large institutions. Fiber is even more of a long-range investment, and requires labor-intensive installation.
The promise of Ronja is mesh technology that can deliver 10 Mbps and can be built by an amateur in his or her own home for $100 per unit. The specs are all open-source. Where costs or regulations delay the stringing of cable or fiber, this technology could quickly bring neighborhoods into the twenty-first century in terms of bandwidth and universal service. Applications such as interactive video teleconferencing and remote application access with large remote data storage become immediate possibilities.
With all due respect, I'd have more confidence in this project if they were able to build a web page I could read. Black text on a dark red background?
|Yes, there are some environments that aren't good for line-of-sight. In general, I was imagining a three-layer architecture of fiber to some central point, a mesh network of light-range devices for the next hop, and then WiFi to reach every user.|
|Mr. Moshe, i think you got it all wrong, the fact that you live in a hole doesn't mean that this device, which is actually quite far from being called a "gizmo", is not a very clever technology re-appropiation. One should see that the price of the final product is very low and the generosity of the developers is inmensily high. respect to the ronja krew! :P|