What Is A Meshnet?
MeshNets are Peer-to-Peer, Decentralized Networking.
MeshNets are not a new technology, although recent years have seen considerable growth in technology advances and community organization.
In years past, there was a lot of hope that MeshNets would replace the Internet. I personally think the fact of the matter is that these kinds of technologies are not for everyone; at least not yet. Maybe they could be with the right market developed around them, but we are very much in the early stages still.
Whether or not MeshNets ever "replace" the existing paradigm of our Internet or not, they can become a very useful alternative that has special qualities that we desperately need more of.
Lets start with an introduction, for those that are unfamiliar with the technology.
The current Internet was originally designed to be a fairly resilient, but it was never intended to be what it is becoming today. It's not just a luxury anymore. Communications and trade through our networked computers is a necessary part of life now.
When we need communications the most, that is often when it is unavailable.
Connecting points in an organic way and distributing both pure MeshNet traffic as well as the "old" Internet can bypass outages.
The last decade or so has really shown us how malicious government and other bad actors can stifle communications, speech and trade. MeshNets may be a huge part of the solution to this problem
You can build a personal or community MeshNets and grow from there. The challenge is that MeshNets should be built from the individual connections up instead of our current top down paradigm.
I propose we start out with a small group of people do build, experiment and document the process of building and deploying nodes and then developing ways to make it very easy for people to get the equipment and use it for themselves.
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I may have mentioned this in the past, but there are meshnets presently built to surveil us, embedded in the IoT. LoRa, Zigbee, 802.15, Thread, Bluetooth local, and more, which Rob Braxman discusses on his Odysee channel, are already in place and lack only being piggybacked on to deliver that weapon against us to our arsenal of uncensorable freedom like the 20 years worth of arms and materiel the USG delivered to the victors of the Afghan war, the Taliban.
Better to kill many birds with as few stones as possible IMHO.
Very good points. This is why we need to build our own systems with our own technologies. We have the tools and tech; we just need to smooth out the barriers to entry.
There's tools just laying there. Why reinvent the wheel? Sure, tweels are cool, but if you just need a cart, use the wheels at hand.
Then mess about with re-inventing.
We're being censored now.
We have more than we know:)
I'll have to look into this for sure. Sounds a lot like a blockchain implementation of the CJDNSCJDNS protocol.
Thanks for posting this, I don't know a lot about MESH networks only that some protesters have put it to use when WIFI is turned off by authorities.
Are MESHnets usually best employed locally or are can the also be applied to world wide networks just as easily? The answers to my questions are probably somewhere in the links you provided but wondering how you see them being used most effectively?
MeshNets are usually built locally and then outward. They can be connected to and carry Internet, but many do not. They are kind of the opposite of traditional top down global networking like the Internet, but it can be done with big links doing the big and long hauls.
Most MeshNets are pure peer-to-peer.
My hope is that they can be easily enough done so that everyone can do it. Today is not that day. It's still fairly geeky to get it done now.