Thanks for your thoughtful reply. I really appreciate the time you took to write it.
You first paragraph went way over my head. I’ll need to re-read it a few times for it to sink in.
My mental block is that I was (wrongly perhaps) assuming that the “New Relay Mode” that you see in the GoTenna Android app is what facilitates taking any GoTenna Mesh device, and turning it into a relay. I’m really hoping that it’s that simple, as GoTenna didn’t publish a whitepaper on what a relay does.
So I’m assuming that some GoTenna Mesh device owners setup one or more of their devices as relays, dedicating a smartphone to each. I have read that some of these owners put them on tops of houses, on tops of poles, and some even add augmentive hardware like right-angle or cantenna reflectors to them. And then they just keep them powered-up and working.
And so I (perhaps wrongly) assumed that if I see one of those relays listed on the GoTenna Website’s “imeshyou” map, I could find the relay’s ID from the imeshyou map, then add it in my “Contacts” list, then open a chat with it, and then use the “Ping” command, to see if I can get a return.
I was thinking that if the map API showed me that that relay is 2-miles away from me, and I’m able to ping it and get a return – then that means that my GoTenna Mesh device can contact devices at least 2-miles away.
Paragraph 1 of your reply makes me think that it’s not that simple.
In paragraph 2, I’m totally aligned with you. I’ve been trying to get my 99 neighbors onboard with an emergency comms plan for the past 20-years. Amateur Radio, GMRS and FRS was a total fail. I think that GoTenna Mesh has great promise in that my neighborhood tests (with my 2 devices) have worked well. Now one other neighbor just purchased a set, so I’m looking forward to testing with him.
We post all of our test results in the neighborhood WHATSAPP group. So hopefully if we can get several neighbors all getting good test results, this idea might catch on.
Wishing you the very best