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Wireless Initiatives

"In a nutshell, 510pen makes Internet access more available, and it helps to build community. 510pen is building a secondary layer of infrastructure for Internet access."

English (wiki) - http://wiki.freifunk.net/Kategorie:English
"Freifunk (German for Free Radio) is a system and movement for creating wireless mesh networks"

(Translated) "Created in 2003, Island Wireless is a nonprofit organization (NPO) whose mission is to provide public wireless Internet access and free in Montreal... Island Wireless focuses on the deployment of access points, wireless Internet in public places (cafes, parks, etc.).. Users can access the Internet from more than 210 access points on the island of Montreal."

"NYCwireless is a non-profit organization that advocates and enables the growth of free, public wireless Internet access in parks, public spaces, and affordable housing residences in New York City and surrounding areas."

"The Personal Telco Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Portland, Oregon dedicated to the idea that people have a central role in how their networks are operated. We do that by building our own networks that we share with our communities, and by helping to educate others in how they can too."

"SeattleWireless is a grassroots Community Wireless Network project in Seattle, Washington. Its goals include the creation of a broadband wireless metropolitan area network, as well as the creation of tools that help us achieve that goal."

"The Vancouver Open Network Initiative Cooperative is a not-for-profit membership-owned and managed co-op, incorporated in 2008 under the British Columbia Cooperative Association Act"
"We support community wireless Internet access through our sponsored project, FreeTheNet.ca."

"The Wireless Africa group is researching ways and means to develop sustainable information and communications technology in developing countries. This will be achieved through community-owned decentralized mesh networks built on open source technology"

"Wireless Toronto is a not-for-profit community group dedicated to bringing no-fee wireless Internet access to Toronto."

Mesh Protocols and Projects

"The olsr.org OLSR daemon is an implementation of the Optimized Link State Routing protocol. As such it allows mesh routing for any network equipment. It runs on any wifi card that supports ad-hoc mode.."
".. is a routing protocol for multi-hop ad-hoc mesh networks."
"(Routing Olsr and Batman INside) is an Open Source mesh network project, deployed on top of OpenWRT Kamikaze, running on any Atheros AP51 routers"

Operating Systems

OpenWrt is an open-source linux-based operating system that is designed for embedded devices, and runs on many wireless access points
  • DD-WRT
"DD-WRT is a Linux based alternative OpenSource firmware suitable for a great variety of WLAN routers and embedded systems. "

Some reading about open-source practices regarding both these projects:


Hotspots and Captive Potals

There are various projects which are using many open-source components in order to provide "captival portal" hotspots

Wikipedia: Captive Portal

This group have assumed development of Chillispot, probably the most commonly used hotspot code. Coova offers a customization of the OpenWRT platform which is geared towards a few services they are attempting to provide. However I have found that their customization is generally unreliable when compared to the basic OpenWRT platform
This company provides managed solutions for those who want to create pay-per-use hotspots. They provide the authentication and payment infrastructure, for a fee.

Wireless Hardware Sellers

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