What is Freifunk? How does the community network work?

What is Freifunk? How does open WLAN work, interference liability.

Perhaps you have already heard of Freifunk or the concept of a wireless network through communities. In this post I would like to get to the bottom of this and show you what Freifunk is all about, how the community network works and where you can find further information. In addition, I will link you to an overview of Freifunk contact points, contacts and hotspots so that you can get regional information.

In the form of networks, Freifunk ensures an open and privately designed WLAN network as well as an internal connection for members. You can find information about this in this post and on the Freifunk page.

In the form of networks, Freifunk ensures an open and privately designed WLAN network as well as an internal connection for members. You can find information about this in this post and on the Freifunk page.

What is Freifunk - what is the idea behind the open network?

Freifunk is a mixture of an open network and a community network. This means that, on the one hand, the WLAN of your own router is enabled to create hotspots for mobile Internet use, and, on the other hand, an internal network is set up in which data and messages can be exchanged. "We use meshing, "It says on the Freifunk website,"to build a self-organizing infrastructure. Each user provides his Freifunk router for free data transfer to the others, creating a community network.“- more information on this you get here.

A free network: how and where?

As a rule, you do not need any special hardware to participate at Freifunk. The "Freifunk router" mentioned on the page and in the commercial (see below) is therefore not a hardware offered by the network, but the router of the (new) user who provides the same with the Freifunk software. You will find out how to do this here .

For the “Where?” There is an extensive and clear one Community card. Here you can choose your region and link to the corresponding community website. Once there, you can network with the Freifunkers from your region, view a list of hotspots and so on.

Is there also an app for?

Yes, there are too. If you want to find base stations or hotspots available with your iPhone or iPad, just use it this app. A note to improve the app from its description: "The data displayed are provided by the respective communities. If you have any comments on the content, please inform the community directly."

Freifunk commercial with further explanations

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