The Serval Project Alternatives

    The Serval Project is described as 'Serval is a telecommunications system comprised of at least two mobile phones that are able to work outside of regular mobile phone tower range due thanks to the Serval App and Serval Mesh' and is an app in the Network & Admin category. There are more than 10 alternatives to The Serval Project for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, OpenWrt and BSD. The best alternative is Freenet, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like The Serval Project are cjdns (Free, Open Source), LibreMesh (Free), dn42 (Free, Open Source) and telehash (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 21, 2020

    1. Freenet is free software which lets you anonymously share files, browse and publish "freesites" (web sites accessible only through Freenet) and chat on forums, without fear of censorship.
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    2. Cjdns is a networking protocol and reference implementation, founded on the ideology that networks should be easy to set up, protocols should scale up smoothly, and security should be ubiquitous.


      • FreeProprietary
      • Linux
      • OpenWrt
      • LEDE - Linux Embedded Development Environment
      LibreMesh is a set of modules extending the OpenWrt router distribution to create self-configuring wireless and wired mesh networks. By default it uses ad-hoc wifi networking and batman-adv, BMX as the routing daemons.
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    3. dn42 is a big dynamic VPN, which employs Internet technologies (BGP, whois database, DNS, etc). Participants connect to each other using network tunnels (GRE, OpenVPN, Tinc, IPsec) and exchange routes thanks to the Border Gateway Protocol.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • JavaScript
      Encrypted private mesh-networking protocol.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Babel is a loop-avoiding distance-vector routing protocol for IPv6 and IPv4 with fast convergence properties.
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    4. Ninux is an Italian wireless network community with the goal of creating and expanding a free, open and experimental computer network. It uses the OLSR (Optimized Link State Routing) Protocol, an IP routing protocol optimized for mobile ad hoc networks.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • C++
      Ad-hoc wireless mesh-network suite that harnesses the power of everyday devices such as computers and smartphones to create a Democratic, Non-Centralized, Mesh Network.
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    5. OLSR is a Link State Routing Protocol (LSRP) implementation optimized for Mobile ad hoc networks on devices like routers, smartphones, or desktop computers.
    6. SMesh is a seamless wireless mesh network being developed by the Distributed System and Networks Lab at Johns Hopkins University. It provides peer-to-peer connectivity, Internet connectivity, and fast handoff to mobile clients across the mesh.
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