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 * connect the AP to your PC. It doesn't matter anymore what OS you've
 * connect the AP to your PC. It doesn't matter anymore what OS you've installed.

Grow Netsukuku

Netsukuku is a mesh network. The mesh networks depend on the collaboration of each node, in fact, a distributed network can grow only with the small contributions of each user.

Don't expect that someone will set up the whole net for you, just because Netsukuku is decentralised, anonymous, distributed and independent and will never allow anyone to control it.

You have the possibility to be the citizen of a free world wide community, where no one will ever be able to limit your digital rights with measures like prosecution of file sharing, censorship, data retention, commercial connectivity and so on.

Joining Netsukuku

The first step is to turn your PC in a Netsukuku node:

  • take a computer
  • install any distro of GNU/Linux
  • install Netsukuku
  • buy a wifi (PCI) card
  • buy/build an external antenna (with the longest range as possible)


  • buy an Access Point compatible with the Netsukuku-AP firmware
  • buy/build an external antenna (with the longest range as possible)
  • connect the AP to your PC. It doesn't matter anymore what OS you've installed.

It's highly probable that you will be the the first node in your neighborhood, but this is normal: someone have to be the first. As soon as a user will do the same thing you did, you will be automatically connected. Waiting doesn't cost you nothing.

In order to shorten your waiting you can help the growth of Netsukuku in your neighborhood by following the advises written below.

Internet sharing

If you have an Internet connection, share it with your neighbours. In this way everybody will be able to have a free Internet connection without worrying of their location. Moreover, when this habit will be common, you won't worry too, anywhere and anytime.

You shouldn't worry too much about sharing your bandwidth. These are some features of sharing the Internet connection with Netsukuku:

  • You can connect to the Internet using, at the same time, multiple node which share their connection. If there are 5 nodes which share their 640Kb/s connections, you can have 5 parallel downloads at 640Kb/s.
  • If you decide to share your Internet connection, you will always use the Internet connections shared by the other nodes, in this way you donate your bandwidth but, at the same time, you receive donations from other users.
  • Even if you share your Internet connection to other Netsukuku nodes, your traffic will have the maximum priority, therefore you won't notices any slowdown.

Spread the word

It is very important to let the your neighbours known they are inside a Netsukuku area. You have just to mark in a visible way the area, for example using:

  • sticker:

  • A4 sheets:

  • poster:

For more information on this topic go to: http://lab.dyne.org/Ntk_spread_the_word

In the same way two near nodes are linked, it is possible to connect two close cities by wireless links. Instead, if it is impossible to link physically them (f.e. there is a desert area between them), they can be connected with the use of Internet tunnels.

For more information on this topic go to: http://lab.dyne.org/Ntk_Internet_tunnels


Another useful thing you can do is writing or translating documentation. Use the wiki: http://lab.dyne.org/Netsukuku


There is a lot to code too! If you are a Kung Foo coder, get on board and help the development writing some nice poems. For a start you can take a look at the src/TODO file.


Finally, every good work you can do is welcomed and it will surely be used, for example if you like to draw upload your drawings.

Ntk_Grow_Netsukuku (last edited 2008-06-26 09:55:51 by anonymous)