What is a Mesh Network?
A mesh network is basically a wireless computer network. Computers connect to the mesh network via access points referred to as nodes. Think of a node like a transceiver which works in the 2.4GHz, 3.0 GHz or 5.8GHz microwave bands you connect a computer or mobile device to. Now, the software or application on a computer connected to a node can send and receive data through the mesh network to another computer or device connected to the mesh network.
A Mesh network is a highway over which data travels. Turning on two mesh nodes creates a data network. This “highway” allows data to travel and enables your local computer to use information or applications stored in other locations.
Such a network has a lot of practical uses. Here are a few:
- Voice over IP Telephone System
- Streaming video via IP Cameras
- Server-based file sharing
Of course, two or three nodes don’t make a network, however, the more nodes connect and the larger the mesh becomes, then the mesh becomes more robust, stable and fault tolerant.
Naturally, a network with these types of applications and capability lends itself to be ideal for Emergency Communications.
If you are interested or need help in setting up a Ubiquity device feel free to contact us. We would love to see the AREDN network grow all over the valley and mesh together.