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LinuxDevices: An Introduction to the MeshBox

Dec 21, 2002, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Anderson)

"LocustWorld recently announced a hardware/software implementation of an open access point platform capable of meeting the needs of community networks. The system is available for purchase as a ready-to-go system (the 'MeshBox'), or the software can be freely downloaded from LocustWorld's website.

"Originally released as a bootable CDROM called 'MeshAP,' MeshBox is now implemented as an under-32MB system image which can fit within a small CompactFlash card. But despite its small size, MeshBox extends the basic access point and mesh routing functionality of the original MeshAP. MeshBox now provides the capabilities of a set-top box Internet Appliance, wireless mesh router, connection to remote windows terminal servers (or other PCs), web browsing, mp3 audio and mpeg video streaming, connection to multiple peer-to-peer networks, instant messaging network chat, and file exchange.

"LinuxDevices.com asked Jon Anderson, the creator of MeshAP and MeshBox, to provide some background on these interesting projects--and here's what we learned..."

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