Interesting links on decentralization, mesh networking, protocols, telecommunications & any other goTenna Mesh-relevant topic!


Thanks @danielagotenna!

One of the most important aspects of bitcoin is it’s censorship resistance. You might say the whole thing is built around that prime directive.

We talk about bitcoin “broadcasts”, but if they are relayed over a wired internet connection or centralized mobile network, nodes can easily be blocked or monitored - which can amount to the same thing.

Usually people point to TOR or IPFS as a way to avoid monitors or blocking, but those are complicated solutions and run their own risk of being blocked and monitored.

A true physical broadcast system offers a whole different level of privacy and censorship resistance. Especially a system that uses intermittent low power mobile broadcasts…


Wireless Battle Mesh

The Wireless Battle of the Mesh is an event that aims at bringing together people from across the world to test the performance of different routing protocols for ad-hoc networks, like Babel, B.A.T.M.A.N., BMX6, OLSR, 802.11s and Static Routing.

It is a tournament with a social character. If you are a mesh networking enthusiast, community networking activist, or have an interest in mesh networks you might want to check this out!

The goal of the WirelessBattleMesh events is to set-up hands-on testbed for each available mesh routing protocol with a standard test procedure for the different mesh networks. During the different WBM events, similar hardware and software configuration will be used based on the OpenWRT BoardSupportPackage and packages for each protocol implementation. The WBM events are also a great opportunity to develop testing tools for PHY/MAC radio layers (drivers, scripts and PHY analyzers).


We met some people from Battlemesh at the NYCMesh meetup last week at NYU actually (my talk and others from that day here:

In any case, this is a wifi high-throughput mesh protocol competition, so it’s not exactly what we do, but we can definitely learn from some of the results. We have a new Chief Scientist beginning on 8/31 and he’s gonna do even more magical things to our mesh protocol :wink:



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goTenna Mesh and Blockchain: Potential Applications and Integrations

Bionic mesh networking, coming soon:


Could the output of a goTenna Mesh unit be the “beacon” in this case? Could you “shout” and force the goTenna to respond and then locate it?

I know that goTenna sends your location but that depends on your phone being able to pull in a location from GPS which might not happen when your under 10 feet of snow from an avalanche.


My cofounder J, who runs our goTenna Pro product line and specifically works with first responders (and other professional users), reminds me we’ve actually already actually done this, in a collaboration with University of Colorado Boulder!

Edit: Clarifying this paper & study was conducted using goTenna v1 (non-meshing)… so you can imagine how much more exciting it gets with mesh capability! :slight_smile:

Gotenna Mesh User Guide for Emergency Management / Disaster Response

This is a fascinating read! It really goes to show how something like goTenna can make a difference.

Thanks for sharing.





Cool article goTenna Mesh is featured in:

Other things mentioned:

“PNKs” or Portable Network Kits, using wireless routers and small portable computers like the Raspberry Pi.


Shared this in another thread, but it’s quite appropriate to share here as well. goTenna’s new Chief Scientist (Ram Ramanathan) presented these slides to part of our team today to contextualize the history of mesh networks as well as the opportunities for optimizing mesh protocols and incentivizing their build-out (potentially with blockchain layer):



Interesting, a major carrier is investing in narrowband now:


Raiden Dev Preview is out


X-post from the ham radio intro thread:

Listen: Dominica residents turned to amateur radio to give updates.


Over 95% of all cell sites in Puerto Rico are down due to Hurricane Maria:


(h/t @Turnerb)


I wrote an op/ed on the @FCC’s lesser-known timely threat: incumbent mobile carriers are pushing to get exclusive access to #CBRS, forthcoming so-called “innovation spectrum”. We don’t need more walled gardens: