"The technology used to create FabFi networks seems like it leaped out of an episode of MacGyver.
Commercial wireless routers are mounted on homemade RF reflectors covered with a metallic mesh surface. Another router-on-a-reflector is set up at a distance; the two routers then create an ad-hoc network that provides Internet access to a whole network of reflectors. The number of reflectors which can be integrated into the network is theoretically endless; FabFi's network covers most of Jalalabad."
is an open-source initiative to bring low-cost, mesh-based networking to remote areas. Using little more than cheap, widely available routers
and window screens
, they piloted their idea in Kenya and launched JoinAfrica
as a free, distributed ISP. In Afghanistan, they've brought the internet to Jalalabad, where One Laptop Per Child
is also focusing their efforts