Most of the roofnet team is on sabbatical at Meraki Networks. Note: the Roofnet team is not involved with the City of Cambridge/MIT wireless project. Please contact the IS department if you are looking for information about the city-wide network.
Roofnet is an experimental 802.11b/g mesh network in development at MIT CSAIL which provides broadband Internet access to users in Cambridge. There are currently around 20 active nodes on the network, which you can see using our real-time connectivity map.
Roofnet is part of our research, which includes link-level measurements of 802.11, finding high-throughput routes in the face of lossy links, adaptive bit-rate selection, and developing new protocols which take advantage of radio’s unique properties. We have made all our software available for public use. The easiest way to run our software is on the Netgear WGT634U.
Join the network! If you live on Mass. Ave. near Central Square, you’re welcome to join Roofnet; see the Central Square page for more details.
Things you can find in this wiki:
We have developed a wide variety of software, all of which is publicly available as open source. First, you can download our routing software and join the existing Roofnet (or start your own community network!). The latest release is now available as a LiveCD, a set of precompiled binary modules and as source code.
Other software we have developed along the way:
alumni: Ben Chambers, Douglas De Couto
We thank the following for supporting Roofnet: NTT Corporation under the NTT-MIT collaboration, Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), and the Project Oxygen partners.