Welcome to the
Amateur Radio Mesh Network
The Ottawa - Gatineau area amateur
radio community operates and maintains a Broadband Hamnet� and
Network. Broadband-Hamnet (formerly called HSMM-Mesh�) and
speed, self discovering, self configuring, fault tolerant,
computer network that can run for days from a fully charged car
battery, or indefinitely with the addition of a modest solar
other supplemental power source. The focus is on emergency
The Ottawa - Gatineau network is growing steadily, as more users
group. Amateur radio operators are invited to add their mesh
the network. This can be accomplished using one of the following
family of M2 and M5 (Nanostation, Bullet, Rocket) devices,
Linksys WRT54G or WRT54GL router family (some hardware
not supported, support to be dropped in 2015),
The Raspberry Pi board with a WiFi dongle and running the
If you are not a faint-of-heart, the olsrd software running
a Linux or Windows computer.
Note that a tower-located equipment with a gain antenna provides
larger coverage area. With the proper equipment, distances of 20
more are possible. Note that dense foliage blocks the signal.
This is a
BBHN-Ottawa-Gatineau community is also present on Yahoo! Groups.
For the the latest Ottawa-Gatineau
mesh news and activities,
please visit the BBHN-Ottawa-Gatineau
For more information on the required hardware
and the BBHN network features, please visit the BBHN
website or the AREDN
Some mesh services available
An email server is available
all mesh users. Email addresses are in the form of email@example.com.
access, POP3, SMTP and IMAP protocols are supported.
Chat servers are
all mesh users. These allows a keyboard-to-keyboad
users. Multiple users can simultaneously converse on the
A file repository
is available to
the users to download BBHN-related files.
An IP Telephone
PBX based on
Asterisk is available to make telephone calls between
organize conference calls.
topology graph that shown actual BBHN-Ottawa network
performance metrics for each link.
Network Time Protocol (NTP) Server service. Mesh nodes and
computers can get UTC time from the mesh network. No need
to connect up
to the Internet to get accurate time.
audio streaming server. The server currently broadcasts
Canada Weather Radio Ottawa service. Other services can
easily be added.
of our network is shown on the following image. This image
automatically every minute. A legend is also shown below the