What are Mesh Networks?

Wireless mesh networks are a type of ad hoc network in which mesh nodes communicate with each other to relay data for a network connection across an expansive geographic area. These nodes are essentially tiny radio transmitters that mimic the function of wireless routers, and the software programmed therein enables information to travel seamlessly from one point to another. This emerging technology is particularly compelling because mesh networks are genuinely wireless; even current access points that are widely called wireless still rely on being wired to the Internet for broadcasting their signal. Instead, the mesh network set-up contains only one node that is physically wired to a modem or DSL and then shares that connection with all other nodes in the area. As a result, entire offices, campuses, and even cities can access the Internet. The speed and coverage of the connection depends on how many mesh nodes are installed. Mesh networks are well-poised to provide stronger and increased web access to education institutions and the communities around them.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Mesh-networks enables a larger use of many devices in the classroom and inside school at the same time. It also enables larger mobility in the school. Mesh technology makes it more effortless to fascilitate wireless networks that re-routes when you move, that re-route traffic when it jams and to admin and expand existing networks.- lars.persen lars.persen Nov 19, 2016
  • Mesh-network also enables nodes connected to IoT, easy access information gathering and real-time online collaboration and assessment- lars.persen lars.persen Nov 19, 2016

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • significantly higher speed and internet access in classrooms - lars.persen lars.persen Nov 19, 2016
  • enabling more real-time collaboration, assessment and use of 1:1 / BYOD in schools - lars.persen lars.persen Nov 19, 2016

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