Archive for April 2017

Prototype

This is the NanoStation that is directly attached to my Application Server Its able to provide Othernet Service for a quarter of a block Here is my room mate testing it

Installing Rails on Dell Poweredge running Ubuntu

Because Othernet Relies on a Ruby On Rails Application, I had to install Ruby and Rails and Postgres on my Dell Poweredge r710 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install git-core curl zlib1g-dev build-essential libssl-dev libreadline-dev libyaml-dev libsqlite3-dev sqlite3 libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev python-software-properties libffi-dev nodejs sudo apt-get install libgdbm-dev libncurses5-dev automake libtool bison libffi-dev gpg –keyserver… (read more)

Installing Ubuntu on A Dell Poweredge R710

After running a prototyped version of the Othernet off of my computer, I found that I needed a more stable long term solution.  I purchased a refurbished Dell-PowerEdge-R710-8-Core-2-5-034-Server-48GB-RAM from 2006 and figured I’d learn how to configure my own server to host the Othernet in Bed Stuy. This post will be about that. Here is… (read more)

Rails Application

Something I haven’t been blogging about is progress on the application.  TO BE CLEAR the Othernet relies on an application that serves up webpages, as well as a message board and a chat.  I have built the very bones of this application.  So far users ( I call them neighbors ) can log in to… (read more)

HOW TO: QMP + OpenWRT

So I decided to use Ubiquiti NanoStation M5’s for the first version of the Othernet.  This decision was pretty easy to make because I was able to get two of them for free.  These NanoStations have multiple antennas, allowing them to both function as access points and nodes in the mesh network. To set up… (read more)

Progress 2/20

Spoke to activists nearby  however need to schedule more time to meet Decided on a name “The Othernet” Hung out with Dan Phiffer the founder and lead developer of Occupy Here Tested NYCMesh on NsM2, and decided that I needed to use an M5 Tested NYCMesh on NSM5 and decided that I cannot use the NYC… (read more)

Rant

There is a utopian image of the internet that has sprung from some unreasonable reservoir of faith in liberal economics. An image where the internet is a service provided by healthy competitors all vying to provide you with the best connectivity at a stable cost. An image where ideas shared on this service are given equal… (read more)

Initial Timeline

Test OpenWRT and NYCMesh ( 3 weeks ) -> Done by 3/3 Flash Firmware on Edwin’s NanoStation M2 loco Test Signal Range on one device Run local web server and see if I can access from phone Flash Firmware on Edwin’s three 5 gHz Nanostations This only works on computers, but it might be worth… (read more)

Research :: 2/4

I met with Jonathan from NYC Mesh and with Tony from Red Hook Wifi this week.  Jonathan and I met over drinks and talked about everything ranging from network control to how protocols are developed.  In general he is an awesome resource.  From talking through my project with Jonathan I learned NYCMesh firmware is a… (read more)

Initial Idea

Description We take internet infrastructure for granted. Most of us don’t understand it, and as such we have no idea how to leverage it. I’m interested in building rebuilding internet infrastructure from scratch and on a small scale to explore issues about network control and privacy. Can we distribute information without relying on ISPs, ad… (read more)