Sunday, March 4, 2007

Meraki Uses WiFi Repeaters to Test Free Access in San Francisco

Meraki Networks is sponsoring and supporting a network that it calls the "The First Mile in Unwiring the World" in San Francisco.

In the San Francisco network, Meraki will set up indoor and outdoor wireless routers to offer free WiFi. Meraki is providing the wireless routers and mesh technology. It is asking local families, residents and business owners to host a repeater on their windows, balconies or rooftops. Some participants are asked if they would share their broadband connection or it they would serve as host for a Meraki-installed broadband node.

The SF network will extend from Mission Dolores Park through the Castro and Duboce Park Neighborhoods and up to Alamo Square Park.

Meraki is working with Bay Area wireless groups and will use this first network in San Francisco to showcase new features being developed at Meraki as well as features community members' request.

Meraki also plans to sell its technology, offering an inexpensive way for consumers and communities to start creating their own mesh networks.