There are many ways to build networks and many technologies you can use. This module is an introduction to the idea of how mesh networks work and how they are different from other kinds of networks. Understanding mesh networking is important for designing your network, and for talking to people in your neighborhood who may want to support or be involved with your project.
Read and discuss the ideas below, then use Name that Network to explore the different properties of networks. The questions and activities in the slides will help everyone think about different network structures.
By exploring different networks structures, you will get a sense for how to think about network design and how different designs are useful in different situations.
Time required: 30 minutes to review and discuss the text. 45 minutes for the presentation and activities.
Printouts of Name that Network (optional)
Read and discuss the information below. To further explore the characteristics of different types of networks, go through Name that Network.
To further explore the characteristics of different types of networks, go through Name that Network.
Once you have an understanding about the basics of mesh, try putting your knowledge into practice with the Every Network Tells a Story module. For more technical information on how Commotion works and forms a mesh network, Learn about Wireless (coming soon).