We build mesh networks, which share web connections through a neighborhood to spread the reach of a broadband connection.
Most mesh community members have wireless routers--“nodes”--mounted on a rooftop or balcony, to connect to other nodes, forming a network. Our network connects with many other networks at an Internet Exchange Point (IXP)
, an internet gateway, providing direct access to the Internet without the intermediary of an expensive commercial Internet Service Provider.
Typically, our mesh will be connected to a primary Internet exchange point through a superior node or “Supernode”. There are other ways of connecting to the gateway, like a public wifi access point kiosk you find in NYC. By using directional routers you can extend the range of public access points very easily.