Community/DIY Wireless Networks and Projects
People in other cities are setting up similar community wireless networks. See other lists of community networks at PersonalTelco's WirelessCommunities page and FreeNetworks' FreeNetworks:WirelessNetworkingProjects page.
Puget Sound / Seattle Area
NodeOuterSpace (Bellingham, WA)
http://www.everettwireless.net (Everett, WA)
http://www.olyfree.net (Olympia, WA)
http://www.seattlewireless.net (Seattle, WA)
http://www.pdxwireless.org/ (Portland, OR)
http://www.sdots.com/wireless (Portland, OR)
http://www.personaltelco.net/ (Portland, OR)
http://www.tricitieswireless.org (Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco,WA)
http://www.vancouver-wifi.net/ (Vancouver, WA)
http://www.wifimaps.com - Location Based Wi-Fi - locate hot spots near you
http://www.wififreespot.com/ (list of no-charge hotspots, aka freespots)
http://www.fastlineinternet.com/ (The first AODV Mesh Netwk in the United States. Node builders can get free broadband access through this ISP.)
http://www.wireless-revolution.net/ (a free network)
http://www.opennodes.com/ (Listing of Open Nodes... Please add yours!!!)
http://www.freewan.org/ (Lincoln, NE and greater midwest wireless project)
http://www.wi-find.com/ (search for FREE wi-fi hotspots by)
http://wireless.ucimc.org/ (Champaign-Urbana, IL) -- VERY ACTIVE GROUP Building a self-configuring, bootstrapping, WIRELESS NETWORK.
http://www.warchalking.org/ (way to mark locations of hotspots, and recognize them)
http://WebcatsWireless.com/ nationwide (worldwide?) wireless networking insider contacts (Lexington, KY)
http://www.bawug.org/ (San Francisco Bay Area)
http://www.wirelesscloud.net (Long Beach, CA)
http://www.sflan.com/ (San Francisco, CA)
http://www.sbay.org/wireless-net.html (Silicon Valley)
http://www.airshare.org (San Diego, CA)
http://www.sdwug.org (San Diego, CA)
http://www.goldenhillfreeweb.org (San Diego, CA)
http://www.milehihwireless.net/ (Denver Metro Area)
http://groups.yahoo.com/list/aawlan (Ann Arbor, MI)
http://www.4clx.com/rduwireless (Durham, NC) (** inactive **)
http://www.triwug.org (Triangle Wireless Users Group, Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC)
http://www.nycwireless.net/ (New York, NY)
http://www.orbittulsa.com/ (Tulsa, OK)
http://www.ashlandunwired.com/ (Ashland, OR)
http://austinwireless.net/ (Austin, TX)
http://www.dfwfreenet.org/ (Dallas, TX)
http://www.houston-wireless.net/ (Houston, TX)
http://mevard.www.media.mit.edu/projects/Davis-Net/ (Somerville, MA)
http://www.guerrilla.net/ (Boston, MA)
http://www.softroad.com/ (Chicago, IL) Defunct.
http://ufo.chicago.il.us/ (Chicago, IL)
http://www.gbppr.org/ (Green Bay, WI)
http://www.novawireless.org/ (Northern VA)
http://www.richmondfreewireless.org/ (Richmond, VA) **No longer available**
http://www.airpower.com/delcowireless1.htm (Delco wireless project, Southeast Pennsylvania)
http://www.BaltWUG.org/ (Baltimore, MD)
http://pghwireless.zhrodague.net/ (Pittsburgh, PA) Pittsburgh Wireless
http://www.kcwireless.net/ (Kansas City, MO and northeastern KS)
http://www.themindlab.net/ (Canton/Akron, OH wireless project)
http://www.juneauwireless.net/ (Juneau AK)
http://www.tcwug.org/ (Twin Cities MN)
http://www.twinportswireless.net/ (Duluth, MN; Superior, WI)
http://lawifi.lacity.org/ (Los Angeles, CA)
http://www.calgarywireless.net/ (Calgary AB, Canada)
http://www.wireFreeVan.com/ (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
http://www.bcwireless.net/ (Vancouver BC, Canada)
http://www.esoterraka.com/twcn/ (Toronto ON, Canada)
http://www.ilesansfil.org/ (Montreal QC, Canada)
http://www.StourValleyWireless.org.uk/ (Essex / Suffolk UK)
http://www.wireless-italia.com/ (Milan, ITALY)
http://www.wireless-bern.ch (Bern, Switzerland)
http://www.artchalking.org/ (Munich, Germany)
http://www.dublinwan.org/ (Dublin, Ireland)
http://www.newrywan.org/ (Newry, N.Ireland)
http://lln.udev.org/ (Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium)
http://ReseauCitoyen.be/ (Brussels, Belgium)
http://www.bgwireless.net/ (Belgrade, Serbia)
http://www.nsmreza.co.yu/ (Novi Sad, Serbia)
http://www.obrenovacwireless.net/ (Obrenovac, Serbia)
http://ZGWireless.net/ (Zagreb, Croatia)
http://www.aaae.dk/ Åben Æter (Copenhagen, Denmark)
http://wire.less.dk/ wire.less.dk (Copenhagen, Denmark)
http://www.consume.net/ (London, England)
http://www.lancastermesh.co.uk/ (Lancaster, England)
http://www.manchesterwireless.net/ (Manchester, England)
http://www.digitalparish.com/ (Peak District, England)
http://www.paris-sansfil.info/ (Paris, France)
http://www.wifi-montauban.net/ (Montauban, France)
http://www.nantes-wireless.org/ (Nantes, France)
http://www.amsterdamwireless.net/ Amsterdam, NL)
http://www.amsterdam-wireless.nl/ Amsterdam, NL)
http://funke.lo-res.org/ Vienna, Austria)
http://www.wlan.freeuk.com (Luton & Dunstable, UK)
http://elektrosmog.nu/ (Stockholm, Sweden)
http://patraswireless.net/ (Patras, Greece)
HotSpots in Germany (Nationwide, Germany)
Hotspot-Locations (Europe, World)
http://www.hb-wireless.de.vu (Bremen, Germany)
http://www.wavehan.de/ (Hanover, Germany)
http://www.boerde.de (Magdeburg, Germany)
http://freifunk.net (Germany, Erste Anlaufstelle für den deutschsprachigen Raum)
http://www.madridwireless.net/ (Madrid, Spain)
http://www.elchewireless.org/ (Elche, Spain)
http://www.guadawireless.net/ (Guadalajara, Spain)
http://www.salamancawireless.net (Salamanca, Spain)
http://www.pucelawireless.net/ (Valladolid, Spain)
http://www.valenciawireless.net (Valencia, Spain)
http://www.valenciawireless.org/ (Valencia, Spain)
http://www.zaragozawireless.org/ (Saragossa, Spain)
http://www.canariaswireless.net/ (Canary Islands, Spain)
http://www.fuengirolawireless.net/ (Fuengirola - Malaga, Spain)
http://www.lagnetwireless.net/ (Vitoria-Gasteiz - Araba, Basque Country)
http://www.webdolot.net/ (Olot, Catalonia, Spain)
http://wireless.saltencs.net/ (Salt, Catalonia, Spain)
http://www.gironawireless.com/ (Girona, Catalonia, Spain)
http://www.backnet.org.uk/ (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK)
http://www.wavenet.at (Austria - Vienna - Wachau)
http://www.petersson.at/coWlan (private Wlan in Vienna)
http://www.wgv.at (Wardriving Group Vienna)
http://www.wireless-arnhem.nl (Arnhem, The Neterlands)
http://www.WirelessLeiden.NL (Leiden, the Netherlands)
http://www.leganeswireless.com/ (Leganes,Madrid, Spain)
http://www.sevillawireless.net/ a new growing 802.11b free network!
http://www.barcelonawireless.net/ (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
http://www.matarowireless.net/ (Mataro, Catalonia, Spain)
http://www.vocw.net/ (Cerdanyola del Valles, Vallés occidental, Catalonia, Spain)
http://est.unileon.es/leonwireless/ (Leon, Spain)
http://www.innaloo.net/ (Innaloo, Perth, Australia)
http://melbourne.wireless.org.au/ (Melbourne, Australia)
http://www.air.net.au/ (Canberra, Australia)
http://www.e3.com.au/ (Perth, Australia)
http://www.nzwireless.org/ (New Zealand)
Seasonal / Event Based
Some people set up an ad hoc wireless network at BurningMan.
Wireless broadband ISPs are sprouting up. This one has been around since 1996, uses WaveLan (802.11 and 802.11b), and covers Seattle (including Queen Anne and Capitol Hill).
Cambridge Matrix provides DYMO mesh networks on a flexible pay and free usage model.
SurfAndSip is working on hooking up coffeehouses. Pay for usage model.
Many of the Starbucks Coffee (http://www.starbucks.com) locations have a pay for access service provided by T-Mobile Broadband.
http://locations.tmobilebroadband.com/ for the locations.
Main page http://www.tmobilebroadband.com/ for general information.
artchalking.org is an art driven WLAN-infrastructure project in Munich, Germany
GroundSpeak is a project in Seattle to combine wireless data with GPS to offer free location based services.
The "Low Cost Wireless Network How-To" focuses on Proxim Symphony equipment and reuse of "MMDS wireless cable" antennas, but has a number of useful tips, wireless link analysis CGIs and schematics. Covers technical details which are often overlooked.
Internet Broadcasting Cookbook is a site designed for do-it-yourself webcasting, including lots of information about wireless networking technology.
"Dave" is working on setting up a 2mbps wireless link. He's documenting his experiences here, and collecting links to other resources.
Some folks from O'Reilly & Associates setting up a 21 mile link near Santa Rosa, CA.
Someone in France wrote about SeattleWireless for their CS338 project
Wireless Geographic Logging Engine. Database and mapping of millions of wifi points worldwide. windows, java, osx and web clients.
Individual extended WiFi network in Iowa (lots of Mac, Linksys and homemade stuff) inspired by information from Seattle Wireless.
Wireless info portals
Backnet (not only wireless)
http://blog.netpartoo.com (french wireless info portal)
There are also discussion forums and web-based bulletin boards