Laguna Mesh is a community group working to build a mesh network of Meshtastic radios in the Laguna Area of Southern California. This network acts like a area-wide text messaging system, allowing people to communicate publicly or privately with anyone on the network. All of this happens without any external infrastructure - no cell phone towers, no internet.
Meshtastic is an open-source, decentralized, off-grid mesh network. It's made up of small communicators that can form a mesh network. These communicators can be linked to a phone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Meshtastic uses inexpensive LoRa radios as a long-range communication platform.
We have set up a number of radio repeaters in the Laguna area. These radios communicate on the 915 MHZ frequency using the LoRa protocol. The radios mesh using the open-source Meshtastic software. Users can connect to these repeaters by Bluetooth if they’re close enough or they can use their own handheld nodes which will also act as repeaters. The messages hop from node to node, extending the reach of the network and ensuring redundancy.
-- Please do not enable MQTT Downlink on the default LongFast Channel this will flood our local mesh with hundreds of nodes in different countries.
-- Please do not set your message hop limit more than 5 hops.
-- Please keep communications on the default channel clean as many schools are also experimenting with Meshtastic.
-- Please enable a fixed GPS location if you are not dynamically updating. We encourage not setting the location to your house or office just somewhere close so other users can see signal propagation.
Keep up to date for future local meetups. No spam here.