My wife and I are interested in promoting community wireless communications. Urbana has a long history of supporting such efforts going back to CUWIN and its early experiments with delivering the internet wirelessly as far back as 2000.
While the goTenna Mesh concentrates on doing SMS text only, it does this superbly and simply in an accessible manner. We’ve established what appears to be the first stationary relay in CU about 4 blocks east of Lincoln Square and downtown Urbana along Green St. It provides 24/7 secure relaying of goTenna messages reaching it.
We’re not the only relay node in town. There are about another half dozen or so area nodes located here right now, but none of these others appears to operate fulltime as a stationary node. We encourage you to consider upgrading your relay node to full stationary relay mode by simply making sure the node you already have up is powered on 24/7 and is in a relatively elevated position. With many nodes already near each other in east Urbana we are very close to have a strong community mesh network with an extended reach out from downtown.
I am working on getting a relay node right in downtown which we hope can pick up bounces for here at our home. Past our home node we hope to support extending the network to other east Urbana locations.
Anyway, I’ve gone on long enough. Anyone else out there who’d like to join us in promoting this vital community service? Please reply and we’ll work together for a meshed future.