HacDC Joins the Mt Pleasant Mesh Network

You can learn more about Project Byzantium and mesh betworking by attending the HARC (HacDC Amateur Radio Club) meeting Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30pm. More details here.

We are excited to announce that HacDC joined Mount Pleasant’s neighborhood mesh network! HacDC member Haxwithaxe put the finishing touches on the mast he designed and built for the router, and Preston Rhea and other OTI engineers upgraded our router to the latest copy of their Commotion firmware. Then we all went up to roof where we mounted the router and strung the Cat-5 to power it.

Photo via Preston Rhea.

Unfortunately, we are not in range of any of the other nodes (yet). We just don’t have a good line-of-sight to any of the other nodes in the network (yet). However there’s a good chance that one of the intermediate buildings will install a node which will serve to bridge us over to the rest of the Mt Pleasant network.

Thanks to the HacDC members, friends in the community, OTI engineers, and everyone else who helped make this happen!

Byzantium Sprint Reminder

This is a reminder that the Byzantium project is having a sprint this weekend. We will likely be working on the live distro. The goal is to have live development environments available before long on Saturday so that everyone can develop for Byzantium within Byzantium.
Also we are continuing the trial of the new schedule this month. We will meet as usual on Friday (8pm) and Saturday (noon), but we won’t meet on Sunday. On Friday we will meet for pizza and planning, and on Saturday we will work on the stuff we planned out on Friday night. Feel free to come in even if you have no idea what’s going on. The primary motivation for this project is to help people in an emergency, but helping people (including ourselves) learn about mesh networking and the other related technologies associated with the project is a close second.

Byzantium Sprint 3 Reminder

Next Friday (April 29) is the first day of Byzantium Sprint 3. We will be meeting at 8pm to plan our tests, inventory our supplies, and get everyone up and running with Babel. On Saturday we will meet at noon, have a quick lecture on mesh networking, and then test like crazy until dinner time when we will all go out for dinner and return to have a quick lessons learned. On Sunday (May 1) we will meet at noon have a quick discussion to fill everyone in on what each other did on Saturday and continue with the tests until dinner time when we will go out for dinner and then return for a discussion to wrap up.
It is really super important that we get as many people as we can to come to this sprint for at least 2 of the test we want to do. If you come please bring as many machines with WiFi NICs as you can muster. 802.11b/g/n are all great. Also bring a USB drive or several if you can that you wouldn’t mind being wiped as if we have difficulty working with your preferred OS/distro we will make you a persistent liveUSB that you can use for testing purposes and we’ll figure out how to get things working on your favorite environment during down time.
The tests we need the high body/node count for are the tests that involve pushing the limits of the number of nodes that can sustainable coexist on a network given certain conditions.
Lastly WE HAS GUI 🙂 there is a developmental webui with a visualization of the network for Babel.
https://babelweb.kerneis.info/ (the developer’s demo page)
This will be projected on the screen in the main room and I’m going to try to get it so people who can’t come but want to follow what’s going on can see it on the internet.

Byzantium Sprint 3

The Project Byzantium Sprint 3 Topic has been chosen! We will revisit Sprint 1 in order to gather metrics and “stress test” the mesh protocol(s) at the end of this month (29th-1st).
Hit up the wiki page and/or the mailing list (byzantium[at]hacdc.org) and add info and share your thoughts.