Broadband HamnetTM, developed by Amateur Radio operators to provide Amateur Radio operators a high speed digital wireless communications mesh network. The firmware is available at no charge via the project website at www.hsmm-mesh.org. This entry went on to win the IAEM-Global Technology & Innovation Award, Division 2.
The IAEM-USA Technology & Innovation Awards recognize the development of technology and innovation to improve emergency
management operations, public education, or the emergency management/homeland security field.
Broadband-Hamnet™ (formerly called HSMM-Mesh™) is a high speed, self discovering, self configuring, fault tolerant, wireless computer network that can run for days from a fully charged car battery, or indefinitely with the addition of a modest solar array or other supplemental power source. The focus is on emergency communications.
In its current form it is built using the Linksys WRT54G/GL/GS wireless routers and operates on channels 1-6 of the 2.4GHz ISM band, which overlaps with the upper portion of the 13cm amateur radio band. Other platforms and bands are in development at this time. Next will be Ubiquiti equipment with others supported as development resources permit.
OLSR is used for auto linking of the mesh node radios.
OpenWRT firmware tools are used for firmware development.
Broadband-Hamnet™ is currently being designed, developed and deployed as an amateur radio broadband communications system. It originated in Austin, Texas but has spread all across the USA and many other countries around the world.
Glenn KD5MFW, David AD5OO, Bob WB5AOH and Rick NG5V are the gents spearheading the efforts, while Jim K5KTF keeps the website up and running to provide information about the project. There is a distributed development community with users in a number of areas of the USA and other continents.