Thanks to BEDCO and Google, Braddock is well on its way to establishing a Community Wireless Network! Two nodes have already been installed – one at the Brew Gentlemen Brewery and the other at the Free Store. The next node will be located at the Nyia Page Community Center, and weather permitting, it will be installed on Saturday January 30th. Feel free to check out Braddock’s roll-out on the map at the PittMesh website and keep up to date by checking our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Although winter is understandably the slow period for node installations, we are happy with Braddock’s rollout progress. And while you are inside drinking hot cocoa and watching Netflix by the fire, Meta Mesh is planning…
That’s right- we like to keep busy. Winter may not be the best time to go climbing on rooftops and running cable (no matter how much our fearless leader may want to), but it IS the perfect time to hold classes! The success of a Community Wireless Network (CWN) cannot be realized without education and neighborhood involvement – which is why we write into all of our grants funding for classes to educate the communities who install CWN's.
Braddock will be hosting bi-monthly classes led by the Meta Mesh team, with the first two classes focusing on wireless basics. The first dates, times, and locations are as follows:
February 11th, 2016, 7-9pm (Location: Unsmoke Building at 1137 Braddock Avenue. Braddock, PA 15104). Wireless Basics I – We will be discussing basic wireless concepts, including how electromagnetic radiation behaves. Does your WiFi lose more strength going through wood or concrete? Come and find out this and more!
February 23rd, 2016, 7-9pm (Location: Unsmoke Building at 1137 Braddock Avenue. Braddock, PA 15104) Wireless Basics II – RF Mathematics: How to get the most out of your Wi-Fi connections. We promise THIS math class won't be boring-- nor will it be difficult! Know how to divide? Then you can come to this class!
We will determine the content of the remaining six classes/events by examining how the first two classes progressed as well as community interest in certain topics. That means YOU determine the subject of the classes and events! If you are interested in learning about a specific area of wireless technology – from antenna building to coding – tell us! We will factor it in to planning the remaining classes.
Everyone is welcome although we are trying to especially attract residents of Braddock or the Woodland Hills School District. We hope to see you there!
If you would like to go, send an e-mail to Info@metamesh.org and we'll be sure to send you the details when we get them!
-The Meta Mesh crew