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Wireless for Communities (W4C) – Networking Basics

The vision of the Internet Society is simply stated as "the Internet is for everyone". To ensure that this vision is realized, the organization undertakes work in a number of areas to increase access to the Internet in developing and emerging economies. In partnership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), and Nepal Wireless Project (NWP), we have adapted the materials used in the award-winning Wireless for Communities (W4C) initiative into online learning materials. These tutorials are part of the overall set of online materials, and cover the basics of networking.

To help address the gap in last mile Internet connectivity for underserved communities, the Wireless for Communities (W4C) initiative was co-launched by the Internet Society and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) in October 2010. The project involves deploying line-of-sight wireless technology and low-cost Wi-Fi eqipment which utilize the unlicensed 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHZ spectrum bands to create community-owned and operated wireless networks. To further localize the initiative, the project was used to strengthen grassroots expertise by training community members in wireless technology, enabling those in the field not only to run and manage these networks but to transfer knowledge to others in the community. This is achieved through a Training of Trainers programme which has employed content developed by the Internet Society and DEF.

The W4C programme has expanded tremendously over the last couple of years, and the Internet Society in conjunction with its partners, is now looking to further scale to broader communities. On one hand, we have adapted the Train the Trainer materials into an online course which can be delivered via the organization’s learning platform Inforum to prepare individuals to undertake the fieldwork associated with deploying community wireless networks. Simultaneously, we are making the same materials available to other communities for strictly capacity building or workforce skills development purposes.

The tutorials on this page cover the Network Basics modules of the Wireless for Communities (W4C) course.

If you are interested in partnering with the Internet Society to deliver the entire Wireless for Communities (W4C) course in a moderated format, please contact us at learning@internetsociety.org.

Modules

The vision of the Internet Society is simply stated as "the Internet is for everyone". To ensure that this vision is realized, the organization undertakes work in a number of areas to increase access to the Internet in developing and emerging economies. In partnership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), and Nepal Wireless Project (NWP), we have adapted the materials used in the award-winning Wireless for Communities (W4C) initiative into online learning materials. These tutorials are part of the overall set of online materials, and cover the basics of networking.

Module 4: Introduction to Networking

To help address the gap in last mile Internet connectivity for underserved communities, the Wireless for Communities (W4C) initiative was co-launched by the Internet Society and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) in October 2010. The project involves deploying line-of-sight wireless technology and low-cost Wi-Fi eqipment which utilize the unlicensed 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHZ spectrum bands […]

Module 5: The Network Layer

To help address the gap in last mile Internet connectivity for underserved communities, the Wireless for Communities (W4C) initiative was co-launched by the Internet Society and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) in October 2010. The project involves deploying line-of-sight wireless technology and low-cost Wi-Fi eqipment which utilize the unlicensed 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHZ spectrum bands […]

Module 6: Routing

To help address the gap in last mile Internet connectivity for underserved communities, the Wireless for Communities (W4C) initiative was co-launched by the Internet Society and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) in October 2010. The project involves deploying line-of-sight wireless technology and low-cost Wi-Fi eqipment which utilize the unlicensed 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHZ spectrum bands […]

Module 7: The Upper Layers

To help address the gap in last mile Internet connectivity for underserved communities, the Wireless for Communities (W4C) initiative was co-launched by the Internet Society and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) in October 2010. The project involves deploying line-of-sight wireless technology and low-cost Wi-Fi eqipment which utilize the unlicensed 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHZ spectrum bands […]

Acknowledgements

Niel Harper, Toral Cowieson, Rajnesh Singh, Noelle Francesca de Guzman, Shahid Ahmad, Mahabir Pun, Rucha Despande, Henri Wohlfarth, Day One Technologies

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