@requiem I suppose we’ll have to string a line of solar-powered nodes between our abodes, so that we can chat in an impractical fashion.
@mathiasx id like to learn more 😁
I have a design for solar-powered mesh WiFi birdhouses that could probably be easily adapted to this 😁
@requiem this has an esp32 but I have heard that the Nordic chips are even better for low-power (solar-powered) run time.
@requiem the other thing to overcome is that there’s meshtastic and (older) disaster.radio protocol, and then any number of IoT things running LoRa at a base level. Multiple protocol support in firmware and a client app seems ideal, but even more work. And then still not guaranteed to be able to mesh much. LoRa isn’t common in devices.
@requiem tangent, I’ve got two more little Esp32 boards that they sent me first by mistake, with cameras. No LoRa chips on these. Could it be something like a 3-tier networking scheme? LoRa long range between nodes, slow and small packets. Wifi mesh between local nodes, slightly faster and chatty w/ eachother. BLE to phones that connect to a node with an app. Missing from the current LoRa boards is a bigger screen for message history and keyboard entry. Local terminals as part of the network?
@requiem local terminals as in, the equivalent of a ham radio on a bench for contacting the network: no phone/BLE device needed. Keyboard input, eink screen, big battery since it is stationary?
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