TakNet 2 : A rural school wireless mesh network
A rural school wireless mesh network with an educational video-on-demand system was deployed at Ban Mae Kued Luang School, Mae-Sot,Tak, Thailand in January 2014.
Location: Ban Mae Kued Luang School, Mae-Sot,Tak, Thailand
- To deploy cost-effective multimedia WMN in rural communities and schools for educational content distribution.
- To research and develop some enabling technologies. For example, micro-caching of multimedia contents in rural WMN.
- To explore other beneficial uses of low-cost WMN in developping countries. Few examples include Post-Disaster Emergency Communication and Rural Healthcare.
Our Proposed Solution:
EDU Content Distribution via Low-cost WMN routers
- Low-cost and locally available hardware running customizable embedded Linux.
- 802.11n 2.4GHz Wi-Fi services with maximum link speed of 150Mbps.
- Self-configuring, self-healing OLSR mesh networking.
- USB flash storage: 16GB or 32GB per router for content caching (video or ebook files).
- Low power consumption (max 5W). Grid electricity cost is < US$ 0.70 per router per month.
- Optionally solar-powered (at an additional cost).
- Internal battery can be optionally installed to operate without grid/solar electricity for 4+ hours.
- Easy to use and maintain. Users can just switch the routers off-and-on to resolve most problems.
- Robust -- high temperature tolerance (when battery is removed), no moving parts.
Deployed by intERLab Team in January 2014. Educational VoD service was introduced to the teachers and students in this school.