In an effort to build a more resilient and better connected Hunts Point, THE POINT CDC, in collaboration with New America, is launching the FREE HUNTS POINT COMMUNITY WIFI; a wireless mesh WIFI network, which provides free community WIFI that is resistant to power and internet outages.
What is a wireless Mesh WIFI Network?
A wireless mesh network is designed so that small devices called “nodes”, which are commonly placed on top the building or in windows, can send and receive data and a WIFI signal to one another without an internet connection.This solution uses both directional and omnidirectional routers set up as Mesh Nodes. Several are linked together with Ethernet cables to bridge parts of the network. Note how the signal routes “around” the difference in height in the buildings by bouncing back and forth between the rows of buildings.
Why a Free WIFI Network in Hunts Point?
The Hunts Point Peninsula is a waterfront community which is home to the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, various industrial and commercial businesses and residential community. Due to elevation and proximity to the waterfront, various areas of the peninsula have great potential for flooding putting business and residents at risk. In the case of of an emergency, the network will serve as a critical resource for communicating vital information.
How to Get Involved?
For more information on how to host a node on a Hunts Point business or any questions regarding the Free Hunts Point Community WIFI project contact, Yamil Lora, Community Coordinator at: 718-5542-4139 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About New America
New America’s Resilient Communities program works alongside local groups and leaders to design, build, manage, and leverage community wireless networks as platforms to strengthen relationships and address risk and challenges. In particular, we partner with vulnerable communities already feeling impact of climate change.