Apps like WhatsApp are certainly useful, however, they only work when a user has an active Internet connection. What happens when this connection gets cut off? You can probably imagine. In today’s high-tech mobile-centric world, there is something that many people take for granted: the fact that much of the world’s current communications infrastructure is at the mercy of those who are in control of cellular networks.
Is the world really going to sit back and watch as this apparent “weak link” in worldwide communications — that is, the dependence on active cellular networks — stays in place? Fortunately, the answer to that question is no. There is currently an ongoing effort to build and maintain a free wireless network for Wi-Fi-enabled devices — which include tablets and smartphones — with the use of free and open source technology. If you own an Android smartphone or tablet yourself, this is definitely something that you should try to look into.
But what is there to look into, exactly? Well, there’s an app called MANET Manager available for download now on Google Play, and it essentially offers users a way to enable and configure a Mobile Ad-Hoc Network (MANET) for devices in order for users to enjoy cellular network-free communications. With a MANET enabled and configured, users can connect with other devices within range in order to, well, communicate.
What’s the catch? There no catch, apparently. It’s just a clever way of using the built-in wireless capabilities found in certain devices to establish wireless communications without the use of active cellular networks. This type of thing can come in handy in case of emergencies. And it could also be a way to simply cut back on wireless messaging costs yet again.
At the moment, MANET Manager only supports a limited number of devices. Check out the Google Play link below to try it out for yourself.