‘Happy hacking’ ended for WiFi nodes

Virishi wrote an interesting post about Meraki, the company that commercialized MIT’s roofnet technology. Back in October, I wrote about Vancouver’s Free The Net initiative, which is fueled by the idea that neighbourhoods can connect up and to the internet for free. With mesh networking, the need for base stations is eliminated as short P2P connections evolve into a network. I still have my Meraki unit – it’s tacked to the side of the window in my office. But it seems like the company’s days might be numbered; they may have sealed their own demise with (among other things) an automatic (and silent) software update that locked down hardware that was originally open, and violating GPL in the process. Now the open source firmware that hackers in Vancouver had been adapting for their Meraki nodes no longer works. So that was dumb. But there seem to be some alternatives out there, like this plug n play open source mesh, so I guess it’s Meraki’s funeral…

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  1. Geeks & Global Justice » Blog Archive » Open Web: the shizzle Says:

    [...] What I learned at Joe’s session is that I could trade in my Meraki, whose hardware has been retroactively locked down, for an Open Mesh unit, which is the device now being used to build Vancouver’s mesh. (Which [...]

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