Thank you, given the low power requirements and cost of the hardware, this is extremely useful to know about.
I have a few questions. If you are using a Mikrotik AP with two antennas and are in a mesh network, and suppose you connect to it with two directional antennas, one pointing at each of the other stations, is the AP able to make use of both antennas and diversity correctly, say if the other stations are some distance away?
Also, how fast is it? Does adding more stations improve the speed for everybody?
Also, I'm guessing this is part of the IEEE wireless specs..
Hypothetical situation, suppose tomorrow there is a big solar storm like the one in 1859 and the power grid is wiped out everywhere on Earth and they tell us it will be a year or more before we have normal power and Internet again. Everybody has to pay cash for everything, and there are no phones, electricity, TV, or ability to do anything that requires them. In addition to starvation and lack of water people are unable to check their email, or facebook accounts (that's a joke) But you get the idea.
Every piece of hardware that was connected to wires got fried but all the wireless hardware that was connected only to local solar power and maybe connected to wireless only, or disconnected and sitting in some junk box survived. Lots of people have these slightly older routers.
So people create one of these mesh networks. How can somebody tell if their existing hardware can interconnect with this created mesh network? What protocol does it use?