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How to Build a Low-tech Internet

Posted: 09 Jan 2018, 20:33
by Dreamweaver
A long read, this includes thoughts on and pictures of the following items.

Picture: A node in the Scottish Tegola Network.
WiFi-based Long Distance Network
Tegola project low-tech internet - Picture: A relay with three point-to-point links and three sectoral antennae. Tegola.
Long-distance WiFi links require line of sight to make a connection -- in this sense, the technology resembles the 18th century optical telegraph.
Advantages of Long Range WiFi
Litebeam M5Long range WiFi offers high bandwidth (up to 54 Mbps) combined with very low capital costs.
Long Range WiFi makes use of unlicensed spectrum and offers high bandwidth, low capital costs, easy installation, and low power requirements.
Long Range WiFi Networks in Poor Countries
A node in the AirJaldi network. Picture: AirJaldi.
WiFi-Based Community Networks in Europe
In a community network, the users themselves build, own, power and maintain the infrastructure.
Guifi in en rond barcelona
Wireless links in the Spanish Guifi network.
Performance of Low-tech Networks
The available bandwidth per user can vary enormously, depending on the bandwidth of the gateway node(s) and the number of users, among other factors
Antena-guifi-floresta - A node in the Spanish Guifi community network.
Delay-Tolerant Networks
Data Mules
Airjaldi epostmanPicture: AirJaldi.
In a data mules network, the local transport infrastructure substitutes for a wireless internet link.
Delay-Tolerant Software
A Freifunk WiFi-node is installed in Berlin, Germany.
Freight train - Stuffing a cargo train full of digital storage media would beat any digital network in terms of speed, cost and energy efficiency.
Resilient Networks

Such a hybrid system of online and offline applications would remain a very powerful communication network -- unlike anything we had even in the late twentieth century. Even if we envision a doom scenario in which the wider internet infrastructure would disintegrate, isolated low-tech networks would still be very useful local and regional communication technologies. Furthermore, they could obtain content from other remote networks through the exchange of portable storage media. The internet, it appears, can be as low-tech or high-tech as we can afford it to be.

Kris De Decker (edited by Jenna Collett) ... ernet.html