Mesh Networking Soars to New Heights

    Date19 Feb 2005
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    Posted ByBenjamin D. Thomas
    Mesh Networking and community wireless broadband reached new heights with a world first for Locustworld MeshAP PRO when a Shadow microlight aircraft flew over Lincolnshire UK and successfully tested air to ground mesh networking and voice over broadband. South Witham broadband (Lincolnshire UK) joined forces with Make Me Wireless (Australia) and using LocustWorld MeshAP PRO and Asterisk VoIP equipment, seamlessly created air to ground voice communications at 2000 feet with the 16 node South Witham community broadband network.

    This was the first of a number of test flights to establish that ground to air mesh networking is feasible. The ground and airborne nodes not only meshed but provided air to ground Voice Over Broadband communications using the open source Asterisk IAX protocol to South Witham Broadband’s Network Operations Centre via their Asterisk server which is located in another village some 5Km away from the test area.

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