I’m definitely interested in GoTenna as soon as they have the hardware update to support the “always on relay” functionality. I’d love to set up a relay in the attic/roof, but I don’t really want to have to climb up there to check/restart it
It also seems like it would be a lot easier to do the “GoTenna Ambassador” work if the boxes automatically came back on in relay mode when power was available (as well as the proposed changes to allow “status pings” by the relay owner)… currently my understanding of the system means that the person responsible for a relay has no way to know if it’s even online currently except to go physically look at the flashing lights on the device. If an ambassador is pitching GoTenna to local buildings/companies, it feels like a real blow to the sales pitch if you have to tell them that you’ll need to be able to access the unit once a week, or have them come up and check it once a week. Being able to say, “the unit will recover automatically in the event of power failure”, or even, “the unit is self contained and solar powered, so it will run completely independent” would be much easier selling points.
I’m super excited by the amount of traction GoTenna has seen, I was sort of waiting for “mesh network standards” to come out before I commited to a specific vendor, but at this point GoTenna is so large, I expect that any standards that come out will likely be backwards compatible with their system. To do otherwise would be setting your “standard” up for failure, since nobody wants to throw their GoTenna away for some new unproven system.