Hi, new user here with a couple of GTMs, primarily for post-emergency communications in New Zealand.
I’d like to request an easier way of testing connectivity, rather than having two units each hooked up to a phone and driving around the neighbourhood sending text messages. Firstly because it’s a lot of effort, and secondly because it doesn’t test the presence or extent of the wider mesh outside of my two units talking to each other.
Could there be some way that we can ping from the app, and that ping goes as far as it can and we get a report of which nodes and relays it managed to reach (without requiring another users intervention like a shout)? Having node IDs in the report would be ideal so that we can check if we’re reaching specific nodes that we might have setup, but at the very least just a report of how many units were reached at each hop level would be awesome. For example you might get a report that says:
Hop 1: 1 relay, 0 active nodes
Hop 2: 2 relays, 5 active nodes
Hop 3: 6 relays, 23 active nodes
This would be particularly useful where I am, as there’s not many GTMs shown on the nodemap in my area, so I have no way of knowing whether these things are actually going to be any use at all. But if I could just send out a ping and know that I’m consistently reaching at least a couple of other nodes or relays then I can be confident that if/when I need to use these in an emergency then there’s going to be a mesh in place.
I understand that pings like this will add traffic to the system, but there’s got to be ways to mitigate this - ie only allow one ping an hour for example.
An even better solution would be for the units to map out their network themselves. If they sent their own pings on set intervals then you could just connect to your own node and get a report of how many other nodes it has been in touch with in the last x number of hours/days.
Any thoughts on this would be appreciated!