[Noisebridge-discuss] interesting DIY blurb of DIY in the 3rd world

girlgeek girlgeek at wt.net
Thu Jul 7 12:04:14 PDT 2011

Thank you Mitch.  I had already been wondering how such an item would 
work. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=92429 .  
I'll  be trying to replicate this at NB within the next week or 2.  If 
anyone who has a vague idea what they are doing wants to work on this 
with me, please let me know.

On 7/6/2011 3:56 PM, Mitch Altman wrote:
> Interesting blurb from SFGate about DIY in the 3rd world:
> http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=92429
>     DIY internet spreading through Middle East and Africa
> Did you know that people in Kenya, Afghanistan and Pakistan are 
> building their own wireless networks out of found materials? Just $60 
> of everyday items such as wood, cans, plastic tubs, wires and car 
> batteries can provide internet service for hundreds of people. It's 
> like the "telephone" of your youth and the best /MacGyver/ episode 
> ever, all rolled up into one.
> Courtesy MIT's Fab Lab
> It works like this: A single commercial wireless router is mounted on 
> radio frequency reflectors and covered in a metal mesh. Another 
> router/reflector pair is set up at a distance. The two routers 
> establish a network that can be used by anybody with a reflector. To 
> build a reflector, all you need is a material --- wood, metal, 
> plastic, stone or clay --- that can mount the metal mesh. The system 
> can be powered with an automobile battery, so it doesn't have to rely 
> on fickle developing-world power grids.
> The goal is simply internet access for all. And, believe it or not, 
> networks are up and running in Kenya, Jalalabad, Pakistan, and in 
> various hospitals and clinics around Afghanistan. The project is 
> supported by MIT's Fab Lab <http://fabfi.fablab.af/index.html>. Some 
> of the scientists involved in the project are paying for it out of 
> pocket, with some help from the National Science Foundation.
> It's an open-source project, so if you're interested in building a DYI 
> network here in the shadow of Silicon Valley, just hit up the wiki 
> <http://code.google.com/p/fabfi/wiki/WikiHome?tm=6>.
> Hat tip to Fast Company 
> <http://www.fastcompany.com/1761891/afghanistan-fab-fi-fab-fi-wireless-mesh-network-internet> 
> for this awesome story.
> Posted By: Cameron Scott 
> <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/author?auth=264> (Email 
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> Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/pages/SFGreen/65448602568>) | July 
> 02 2011 at 01:45 PM
> Read more: 
> http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=92429#ixzz1RMvHlHGe
> Mitch.
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