I’ve read a lot on this, and thought about it, but want to share and collect input on my situation here.
I’m working with a few individuals who share the goal of a decentralized internet. This includes people of the labels anarchist, libertarian, maker, landlord, property manager, nerd, roofer, etc. I fall into all those categories. I’m not the most knowledgeable in my group on networking, but I’m not an idiot. Main thing is I’m willing to dedicate more time to this than others can now.
My current project is that I have a commercial space with 3 apartments above. I currently manage the network at the commercial space. Basically its 3 access points, not much else going on. The access points and the main router are all TP-Link devices running OpenWRT but won’t run Althea. The apartments mooch off the wifi, but the connection sucks. They want better service. The building owner wants me to wire the building with ethernet. I want to install a mast on the roof to make connections to at least two other buildings in town, the one I live in (owner sign off already) and the local makerspace (very interested). I have dozens of other building owners interested. I’m trying to figure out which hardware would best fit this scenario (multiple clients inside a building wanting wired connections, antenna mast on roof for making connections to other nodes).
In addition to all that… my long term goals for this project is that I get various infrastructure stakeholders to join an althea sub-dao and to sell network access. I’d also like to see us offer a free community network of sorts, and a paid one. For instance Xfinity sells home wifi routers that have an ssid for Xfinity customers to connect through. I’d like that, plus a throttled free option (to at least facilitate financial transactions).
Thanks for any input.