Low-cost open source Wi-Fi may cover new ground

Geeks Without Frontiers is at the final stage of building a low-cost, open source Wi-Fi software that aims to provide affordable broadband in new locations.

Geeks Without Frontiers, an initiative by Manna Energy Foundation, is at the final stage of building a low-cost, open source Wi-Fi software that aims to provide affordable broadband for all, especially in areas where legacy broadband models have not been considered economical.

In an e-mail interview with ZDNet Asia, Chris Stott, chairman of the foundation, explained that the software was designed to provide wireless coverage over large geographical areas, where a single network can cover many square kilometers. "We are extending or enhancing the existing Wi-Fi standard to allow radios to communicate between themselves and, thus, provide connectivity where there is no wired infrastructure," Stott said.

He shared that Geeks Without Frontiers is working closely with Wi-Fi players such as Atheros, Marvell, Broadcom and Intel because the arrival of a low-cost mesh technology represents a "huge potential market" for these vendors.

For more on this story, read Open source Wi-Fi aims for affordable connections on ZDNet Asia.

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