The 230-year-old town of Abingdon takes a step toward the future this week as it unveils its free wireless mesh network. As explained by the helpful folks at How Stuff Works, a wireless mesh network links together dozens or even hundreds of wireless mesh nodes that “talk” to each other to share the network connection across a large area.
If we understand this correctly, we can be walking from the police station to the courthouse, texting away or checking our plummeting stock values, while the wireless connection is handed off from one antenna site to the next. Pretty cool. The Bristol Herald Courier reports here on the public rollout yesterday.
By Peter Vieth