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Grow Netsukuku

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

Don't expect someone sets up the whole net for you, just because Netsukuku is a distributed network, decentralised, anonymous, independent, totally apart from Internet and it will never be possible to anybody to control it.

Netsukuku will give you the chance to become a citizen of a free, huge and global 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 into a Netsukuku node:

  • take a computer
  • install any distro of GNU/Linux
  • install Netsukuku
  • buy a Wi-Fi (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. In this case it doesn't matter anymore what OS
    • you've installed and even if your PC is turned off, it will continue to be an active node of Netsukuku network.

It's highly possible you will be the first node in your neighborhood, but don't get discouraged: someone have to be the first! As soon as another user will do the same thing you did, you will be automatically and anonimously connected to each other.

In order to shorten the time, you can help the growth of Netsukuku in your neighborhood by following the underlisted advises.

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 his or her location. Moreover, when this habit will be common, you will find everywhere and anytime a Netsukuku Wi-Fi area.

Don't worry too much about sharing your bandwidth: you'll get incredible advantage of sharing the Internet connection with Netsukuku:

  • You can connect to the Internet using, at the same time, multiple node which share
    • their connection. For example, if there are 5 nodes sharing their 640Kb/s connections, you'll 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, 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 notice any slowdown.

Spread the word

It is very important to let your neighbours aware of being inside a Netsukuku Wi-Fi area. You have just to mark in a visible way the Wi-Fi area, for example using:

  • stickers:

  • papers:

  • posters:

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

In the same way two nodes close to each other are linked, it is possible to connect two close cities by wireless links. Otherwise, if it is impossible to link physically them (f.e. there is a desert area between them), they can still 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 the Netsukuku 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)