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February 20, 2008 / yolynne

Wireless Networking in the Developing World

When I attended Asia Source 2 in Indonesia last year, I was blessed enough to be included in Track 2 which is the group that dealt more of hardwares and networking. Fran Boon, our trainor from UK was really a big guy with a generous soul. He had shared with us stuff that he knows we will be using when we go back to our own (developing or third world) countries. He gave me the printed copy of the Wireless Networking in the Developing World, which my husband and I (he uses it more that I do) find very useful.

Wireless networks can cross wide distances, bringing digital communications to places where it is not practical to run wire or fiber optic lines. These networks can provide access to medical and government services, provide voice communications, and allow people in remote places to access the global Internet.Our goal is to help you get the resources you need to build a wireless network that solves your communication problems.

Wireless Networking in the Developing World is a free book about designing, implementing, and maintaining low-cost wireless networks. Spotlight: WNDW 2nd Edition The second edition of Wireless Networking in the Developing World is now available in English!

The WNDW team is pleased to announce the release of Wireless Networking in the Developing World, Second Edition. This is the first major update to the WNDW book since its initial release in 2006.
This revised and expanded 425 page book includes over 170 pages of new material, including new chapters on solar power and economic planning, several new case studies, and much more.
In the developing world, one book can often be equivalent to a library. Access to books is difficult where there are few libraries or book stores, and there is often little money to pay for them. By releasing this book for free under a Creative Commons license, anyone is free to download, print, update, or redistribute it. We hope to reach the widest possible audience, spreading the knowledge of low-cost wireless networking to those who need it most.The Wireless Networking in the Developing World book is just one part of the WNDW project. You can find several translations of the book (including Spanish, French, Italian, and soon Arabic and Portuguese), community forums, training workshops, and additional material on our newly redesigned website, http://wndw.net/.The goal of the WNDW project is to provide information and resources to the wireless community to help jumpstart wireless communications infrastructure projects all over the world. Join us to help bridge the digital divide and bring wireless network access to everyone.

The publication of this work has been supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre, http://www.idrc.ca/. Additional support was provided by NetworktheWorld.org.

The book is available in PDF format or as a printed and bound book from WNDW website: http://wndw.net/

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