Wireless Internet Redistribution System (WIRDS)
Instructions for setting up your own wireless mesh with a captive portal are located in the Setup Instructions.
- Create a scalable wireless mesh network capable of delivering an internet connection to a large residential, commercial or education building for less than $50 a month and less than $500 in initial costs.
- Create a method for adding and removing users from the network.
- Create documentation that would allow the project to be replicated in multiple scenarios.
Project Quick Summary
- Many commercial and education buildings have only one connection to the internet.
- Many residential buildings have only one broadband internet subscriber.
- Document the configuration process for building a network consisting of 8 inexpensive wireless devices.
- The documentation will allow the network to be recreated and deployed in many different places where wireless is needed.
Why use linksys WRT54G routers?
- Very common, easily purchased for $40 to $50 used.
- 2 large antennas allow these routers to cover a good sized area.
- Compatible with freifunk firmware to allow customization.
- Purchased all 8 routers and wirds.net domain
- Built a functioning captive portal system
- Created a functioning 8 node mesh network and integrated captive portal authentication
- Instructional website nearly complete http://wirds.net
- Present project at CSUMB capstone festival
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The WIRDS.NET project seeks to provide a methodology for distributing a single internet connection across an entire building for less than $500. The project consists of a mesh network (with 8 nodes), a user access control system (captive portal), and a website with information. The project has successfully configured and deployed 8 routers, forming a single wireless network which flooded an entire building with wireless signal. The project utilizes the website at http://wirds.net to show how to build a wireless mesh network with custom firmware on WRT54G Linksys routers. The website is a collaborative wiki where users can learn and post their own experiences.