Commotion Wireless is an open-source wireless mesh network for electronic communication. 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. It was preliminarily deployed in Detroit in late 2012, and launched generally in March 2013. 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. The project has been called an "Internet in a Suitcase".
Commotion 1.0, the first non-beta release, was launched on December 30 2013.
Commotion relies on several open source projets: OLSR, OpenWrt, OpenBTS, and Serval project.
- 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