San

SAn (Santiago Piccinini, BsAs Argentina). He is an electronics and software guy, that currently is in charge of the communication systems of Satellogic’s satellite fleet. Lover of software and libre culture has been involved in different projects such as Altermesh, Cyclope (Código Sur) and RedPanal. For him Libre Router is a key piece for the sustainability of community networks. He will support the electronic design group

Ignacio

Based in Belfort (France), Ignacio obtained his Telecommunications Engineer degree in the Carlos III University of Madrid. He holds also a M. Sc. in Telecommunication Networks for Developing Countries from the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, where he has been a member of the Communications and Signal Theory Department for 4 years. Ignacio has a wide experience in engineering telecommunications projects for isolated regions in developing countries (with the NGO Engineers without Borders and the EHAS foundation). Within these organizations, he has been in charge of interdisciplinary projects for creating robust and energy efficient systems for telemedicine purposes and telecommunication infrastructure. Some remarkable projects from this part of his career are the hw and sw development of a low-cost real-time tele-stethoscope for isolated rural areas, or a new architecture to save energy and extend batteries life on GNU/Linux routers. Ignacio worked for the Spanish National Biotechnology Center (CSIC) in the field of electron microscopy image processing as part of the team that developes Xmipp and Scipion software. Finally, he is now dedicated full time to the London-based EyeSeeTea Ltd company where he is also a co-founder director. Due to his previous work in the wireless open-source routers domain and his work on energy efficiency, Ignacio and his company (EyeSeeTea) integrated with Carlos Rey the team that created the FIRE Africa grant proposal to incorporate some power efficiency add-ons to the LibreRouter project, as well as some VoIP-specific new mobile application to make VoIP configuration and calls through LibreRouter easy and straightforward.

Elektra

Elektra Wagenrad is a philosopher (»The philosophy of non-thinking«) and engineer. She is also one of the founders of the German »Freifunk« community wireless network movement http://freifunk.net . Elektra lives in Berlin and develops hardware and software for wireless mesh networks and solar powered systems. She is one of the authors of the book “Wireless Networking in the Developing World” http://www.wndw.net. In 2006 she invented the B.A.T.M.A.N. mesh routing algorithm together with Thomas Lopatic and she has been working for the villagetelco project. www.villagetelco.org In recent years, she has been working on hardware prototypes for 802.11 mesh networks in TV-Whitespace channels. Elektra is developing an open-hardware TV-Whitespace converter RF-frontend for the Libre-Router.

LibreRouter: Un router open source para conectar a comunidades enteras

An article written by Lisandro Pardo on the 22 septiembre 2016
called Libre Router an open source router to connect communities

LibreRouter: Un router open source para conectar a comunidades enteras

Parece mentira que aún sea necesario explicar a las autoridades los beneficios de una infraestructura más abierta, pero es evidente que el mensaje no está llegando, ya que encontramos a agencias federales colocando enormes candados legales que bloquean (o entorpecen en gran medida) la modificación de módems y/o routers a través de un reemplazo de firmware. El proyecto LibreRouter tiene como objetivo evitar esas regulaciones y diseñar un router open source basado en OpenWrt que ayude a los usuarios (individuales o de redes comunitarias) a instalar y mantener vías alternativas de conectividad.

The article can be found HERE

LibreRouter, un proyecto que nos hace soñar

An article about the Libre Router on the Guifinet Website written by Pau.

Los inicios de las redes libres, comunitarias y autogestionadas por los usuarios coinciden con la entrada en el mercado de las tecnologías de comunicación inalámbricas WiFi. Los primeros routers LinkSys WRT54G, a los que se les podía instalar un sistema operativo libre como Linux, facilitó que hackers de todo el mundo empezaran a construir su propia infraestructura de red a un costo accesible para la ciudadanía. Pasaron casi quince años de aquel entonces, la tecnología WiFi avanzó mucho (desde 802.11b hasta 802.11ac) y los precios del hardware disminuyeron fuertemente debido a la gran demanda y a la producción industrial en masa.

Find the complete article HERE

What the project is about

Community networks have proven that it is possible to connect distant, remote, rural or disadvantaged areas to the Internet through radio frequency technology, by allowing people without a high-level of technical skills or resources to deploy their own network infrastructure. This kind of initiatives have been set-up in different places around the world, such as Greece, Nepal, Argentina, Catalonia, India, Ghana, South Africa, Venezuela, Italy, and other countries. They have been growing slowly but steadily, reaching out to people that were not being connected by any type of service provider, be it private or State owned.

AlterMundi, as part of that “network of networks”, has developed over the years a set of tools that have lowered the technical barrier for people to deploy network infrastructure. But there are still some tools that need to be improved, some that need to be built from scratch and some others that need to be documented better in order to allow a bigger audience to take full advantage of this solutions and to reach out to other communities of interest that could potentially deploy community networks in their regions.

Community Networks have been depending since their inception on modifying existing off-the-shelf routers to adapt them to their particular needs.
Software development originated in Community Network groups and the Free Software movement as a whole, has pushed the barrier of innovation and helped comercial enterprises develop new products over the years.

This virtuous relation between hardware vendors and the community has been threatened by new regulation from the Federal Communitations Commision (FCC) – U.S.A. – which has led vendors to globally close up their routers to third party modifications, hindering open innovation and effectively closing the door to Community Networks in terms of access to the hardware they depend on.

The Libre Router project will design and produce a high performance multi-radio wireless router targeted at Community Networks needs. Global South reality and that of Latin America in particular will be specially considered in terms of cost and legal viability.

Do you wanna read more about the project?
HERE you can find an article of GlobalVoices in 5 different languages

The community networks in Argentina:

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Marek

Marek mastered both, software development and hardware manufacturing. He has been around the topic of Wifi, routing and efficient mesh protocols since the early days of WiFi community networks. He started in the Freifunk community in Berlin where he quickly became a key contributor. He is the founding father
and lead architect of the B.A.T.M.A.N. protocol. On the hardware side, Marek spent the last 8+ years leading the development, manufacturing and flawless operation of more than 1mio wireless AccessPoints world-wide.

Gui

Gui Iribarren (Argentina, AlterMundi VicePresident)
Core developer of the LibreMesh firmware. Guido has extensive experience helping communities around the world, knowing the needs and challenges faced by non-technical individuals from different cultures. He’s also been involved in the firmware design of two BattleMesh events, where developers of the dynamic routing protocols used by community networks get together to test and improve their software in a cooperative competition.
His main role is hardware and software testing and integration.

Nico

Nicolás Echániz (Argentina, AlterMundi President)
He has been involved in Community Networks for over a decade. Nicolás
co-designed the multi-radio mesh network model that AlterMundi shares
with communities willing to build their own communications infrastructure. He co-designed the LibreMesh firmware, the Librenet6 mesh tunel broker and the LibreMap maping tool. He co-created the Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity (IGF). He is a regular speaker in related events and he has authored numerous articles on
Community Networks on printed as well as online media.
His main role will be project coordination.