[Battlemesh] What hardware still works?

Paul Gardner-Stephen paul at servalproject.org
Mon Mar 14 23:21:37 CET 2016

Hello Valent,

Interesting. I'll poke you off list, because I think there is good scope
for us to cooperate.


On Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 6:39 AM, Valent Turkovic <valent at otvorenamreza.org>

> On Mon, Mar 14, 2016 at 2:06 PM, Paul Gardner-Stephen <
> paul at servalproject.org> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> On Mon, Mar 14, 2016 at 11:13 PM, Valent Turkovic <
>> valent at otvorenamreza.org> wrote:
>>> On Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 2:41 AM, Paul Gardner-Stephen <
>>> paul at servalproject.org> wrote:
>>>> Hello,
>>>> We are interested in joining the conversation with them to find an
>>>> alternative platform for use in our Mesh Extender devices, instead of the
>>>> TP-LINK devices.  I suspect that anything that is useful for us, will also
>>>> likely be useful for the community more generally.  One of the things we
>>>> would love to see is a router with a large on-board secondary flash
>>>> storage, instead of having to hang storage off the USB2 port, which apart
>>>> from anything else consumes quite a lot of power.
>>>> Paul.
>>> What it the price point at which you would go for? Would you go for
>>> board that is 3x the price of TP-LINK board is it was open hardware and
>>> certified with FCC?
>> Unsure. Our humanitarian driven use-cases are somewhat price sensitive.
> What kind of humanitarian work do you do? Have you seen www.meshpoint.me?
> It is still in development but prototypes using tp-link devices are in
> field tests right now, and out custom BMS for LiFePO4 cells is being
> developed. Maybe we could work together with you on any future humanitarian
> projects with you?
> For us price is important but not the most important thing in humanitarian
> work we did and plan to do. Most important thing to us is that network can
> be managed and deployed by volunteers who aren't trained network and
> wireless engineers or geeks :) Because that makes all the difference in how
> fast network can be deployed... we managed to deploy hotspot nodes in hours
> and not days or weeks because we had such good platform (Nodewatcher) that
> Wlan Slovenia guys built.
> Without Nodewatcher we would't even try to help in crisis situation
> because we would need 10x the man power and they would have to be
> networking trained people (at least with basics).
>> If the cheapest compliant device was around US$100 instead of US$20 -
>> $30, then we would probably be forced to look at making our own devices
>> (although we don't have the money for doing this at the moment).
>> Paul.
> We are also looking for that now, but seams that even if we would pay
> 25,000$ for development of our board we would still pay over 50$ per board
> if we need "only" 1000-2000 boards. Only if we go over 5000 boards then
> prices come down somewhat...
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