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Most of what can be achieved via FEEDNET is courtesy of open source software. The sheer hard work, altruism and inventiveness of all open source authors is gratefully acknowledged here.

 

 

 

THE ONE PAGE GUIDE TO GETTING INVOLVED WITH FEEDNET MESH

·         FEEDNET MESH comprises a collection of  interconnected wifi routers either in a building, across a local site or a across a wider area up to 30 miles. See www.feednet.org.uk

·         By attaching your  computer, mobile telephone, Laptop, Apple/Android Tablet to one of these routers you can communicate with all of the others. You do not need the Internet, it is all done over our own equipment.

·         You communicate using the software that is already on your computer/phone/tablet etc  with which you are already familiar.   Examples are email and web browsing.

·         There are three  kinds of knowledge needed to make use of FEEDNET. These three levels of knowledge are described to help everyone understand what is needed to make it all work. No-one is any more or less important than anyone else ! RAYNET needs folk with all three kinds of knowledge  - there are no exams.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH FEEDNET MESH?

OPERATOR

INSTALLER

ARCHITECT

Use a FEEDNET site that someone else has installed in order to communicate with other sites using voice and data, including Email, sending and receiving files, browsing web pages. and exchanging short messages in text format (a bit like mobile phone text conversations)

In addition to what an OPERATOR can do,  you will be able to set up your own MESH site as part of the network, or even a complete  small mobile network at an incident site. You’ll be able to mentor OPERATORs.

You’ll be able to design a large network, build application servers, interconnect networks, interconnect with existing FM/Digital Radio and provide the tech support and learning opportunities for everyone else.

WHAT DO I NEED TO LEARN ?

OPERATOR

INSTALLER

ARCHITECT

Learn to be familiar with your own laptop, tablet, or telephone.

 

Know how to

Create and read documents

Take photographs

Save and view pictures

Send and receive emails.

Connect to a wifi network

Browse the web

Organise files and directories

Configure your email account (you only do this once, so someone can help you with this).

Use IRC (Internet Relay Chat)

Follow simple instructions to use your DTMF radio with a network-linked in-band UHF/VHF repeater.

 

In addition learn:

Which  hardware to select,

Where the wires all go,

Load the MESH software,

Test the links

View the network status. Configure the routers

Put up antennas

 

You  need a basic grasp of:

IP and MAC addressing

DNS.  

Ports

 

You’ll be able to follow technical instructions to configure applications on your own devices

 

As a minimum you will be very comfortable with Linux OS, have an in depth understanding of IP networking, OSI model, subnet masks, VPNs  and VOIP. You may not be familiar with all  the applications in the world but you will know how to read a MAN page and how to learn to make new applications work.  You’ll be comfortable setting up public key infrastructure. You will know how capture and analyse network activity.

 

HOW CAN I LEARN ?

OPERATOR

INSTALLER

ARCHITECT

You might need to brush up on your general IT skills. Start with one application and work around to the others. Get connected to FEEDNET (we can lend you a machine that allows you to attach to FEEDNET over the internet from home) and practice web browsing on FEEDNET, email, taking and sending photos etc. Maybe go on a general IT skills course. Ask lots of questions of others involved in FEEDNET ! If you can use these applications at home you can use them on FEEDNET  - really, its not hard when you see how.

Probably best to develop your web research skills. The answers to everything are on the Internet !

 

Key websites are our own www.feednet.org.uk and www.broadbandhamnet.com

 

Ask questions, get involved and practice.

 

If you know how to do all of this then get in touch with the author – he has lots of questions for you !

 

Seriously though, with this level of knowledge you will already know how to learn IT stuff.


 

 

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Last updated: 02/26/16.