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MeshMe Messaging App: Ad-Hoc Mesh Networks

MeshMe Messaging App: Ad-Hoc Mesh Networks

by Alex GoraleDecember 14, 2014

A new smartphone app is making it possible to message your friends without the aid of established cellular or wifi networks. MeshMe Messaging App links with nearby users and creates a private network. Messaging friends does not require using traditional data lines provided by “middlemen” – Verizon, Comcast, AT&T.

MeshMe messaging app is mesh networking. Using built-in Wi-Fi/Bluetooth radios devices connect to one another and act as routers, forming a private peer-to-peer network. Devices choose the best path for sending data. If a peer disconnects, the algorithm is self-healing and will find a new path.

MeshMe Data is Encrypted

Project MeshnetAnyone listening in on the conversation would not be able ascertain what is being said, or to whom it is being said. Additionally, if any person the network has an active Internet connection they can share it with friends.

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Talk to anyone, as long as the recipient of your messages can be reached by another MeshMe user. You can login using your phone information or Facebook account. MeshMe can find new contacts, and other MeshMe users, through your address book and Facebook contacts.

MeshMe Messaging Applications

Effectively, MeshMe creates a private communication bubble. Users are freed from the restraints of their carrier networks. Mesh networks allow hikers on remote trails to stay in contact via text. When a concert, arena or stadium crowd overloads a cellular tower mesh networks can side-step that bottleneck. Activists have a new tool against political regimes that censor or shut down Internet and wireless networks.Mesh networks can serve communities as virtual town halls, emergency communications systems during inclement weather or ad-hoc infrastructures after or during disasters.

One of the obvious advantages of a technology freed from infrastructure is the application in disaster scenarios. When their infrastructure and services are down traditional governing bodies are severely impaired. A generator could support a local mesh network restoring partial communication capabilities. In the near future, perhaps a swarm of drones carrying a Raspberry Pi & cell phone charger payloads blanket regions in open wifi.

MeshMe Messaging App is currently available and free in the Apple Store. Android support is expected to arrive early next year. For users interested in learning more about mesh networking can check out open source project Project Meshnet.

What do you think about the future of the MeshMe Messaging App and Mesh Networking? Comment Below.

Images from Project Meshnet and Shutterstock.

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  • Mike

    You kids never heard of anything like this before? We called it FIDONet! Your BBS messages went via dialup from local exchange to local exchange across the country.

    • Alex Gorale

      Nice. I played some DnD on BBS when I was little. I never knew anything about the underlying technology then.

    • Giulio Prisco

      Here’s to the Brave Old/New Decentralized Internet!

    • Hi,

      Thanks for your feedback and details.

      Basically given chat apis are used for different purposes.

      For example:

      XMPP is used for textual combination. While Jingle is extend version of XMPP which can be used for multimedia interactions like VoIP.

      WebRTC supports browser-to-browser application for voice calling, chat, file sharing.

      Apart from these, there is also one good tool for chat, that is “quickblox”.

      Basically it depends upon us which tool we require for development based on our requirement. As we may need to purchase according plan for same.

      So, can you please let us know about requirement, then we can find suitable tool and can go further.

      Thank you.