Commotion Wireless

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Commotion Wireless
License GNU GPL

Commotion Wireless is an open-source wireless mesh network for electronic communication.[1][2] The project was developed by the Open Technology Institute, and development included a $2 million grant from the United States Department of State in 2011 for use as a mobile ad hoc network (MANET), concomitant with the Arab Spring.[3][third-party source needed] It was preliminarily deployed in Detroit in late 2012,[1][2] and launched generally in March 2013.[4] It rose to fame in the USA with Hurricane Sandy in 2012: After the storm took out all the internet and telephone lines in New York, Commotion was the only communication network still up and running in the city.[5] The project has been called an "Internet in a Suitcase".[6][7]

Commotion 1.0, the first non-beta release, was launched on December 30 2013.[8]

Commotion relies on several open source projets: OLSR, OpenWrt, OpenBTS, and Serval project.[9]

Supported Hardware[edit]


  • PicoStation M2, Release 1 & 1.1, DR2
  • Bullet M2/M5, Release 1 & 1.1, DR2
  • NanoStation M2/M5, Release 1 & 1.1, DR2
  • Rocket M2/M5, Release 1 & 1.1, DR2
  • UniFi AP, Release 1 & 1.1
  • UniFi Outdoor, Release 1 & 1.1


  • TL-WDR3600, Release 1.1
  • TL-WDR4300, Release 1.1


  • RB411AH, Release 1.1


  1. ^ a b Higginbotham, Stacey (18 December 2012). "Detroit is the testing ground for a new open source wireless network technology". GigaOM. 
  2. ^ a b Parker, Tammy (19 December 2012). "First Detroit, then the world for Commotion mesh networking". Fierce Broadband Wireless. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Ritchie S. King (July 2011). "Building a Subversive Grassroots Network". Spectrum. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Goodman, Amy (5 March 2013). "Sharing the Internet: "Commotion Wireless" Technology Lets Communities Create Free Webs of Access". Democracy Now. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Interview with Sascha Meinrath on Commotion Wireless". Tea after Twelve. Retrieved March 2015. 
  6. ^ James Glanz and John Markoff (12 June 2011). "U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors". New York Times. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Associated Press (15 July 2011). "Iran says it can block 'Internet in a suitcase'". Yahoo News. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
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