Decentralised ad-hoc wireless mesh communication

irdest is building tools for the next internet

Build resilient networks

Whether against an oppressive government or a natural disaster, centralised infrastructure is vulnerable to censorship and direct attacks. irdest makes it much harder to shut down a network because all participants in it become part of the way data is routed

An extensible architecture

Each network is a collection of many devices, communicating via many different technologies and applications. Third party applications can interact with a irdest network without having to solve a lot of hard problems around mesh communication

Free and open-source software

irdest is not owned by a single company or legal entity. All code is licensed under a free software license, meaning it will remain open and free to use, study, and adapt for anyone, forever

What is irdest?

irdest is a set of tools, that allows devices like laptops and smartphones to create a wireless mesh network over Bluetooth and direct WiFi connections, rather than relying on internet access via a mobile network. This decentralised and open network extends across any irdest-enabled device, so that if two people aren’t close enough to each other for their devices to connect directly, data can be sent via other devices in the middle, without those devices being able to read or change the messages passing through it.

It supports instant messaging, voice calls, social media, radio broadcast, and file sharing — all in a single app. Additionally it is a suite of free software libraries, meaning that anyone can study and modify it, and use it to create their own apps that can operate on a irdest network, independent of the internet.

What is a mesh network?

In traditional network infrastructure there is a centralised point between you and the Internet: your Internet service provider (ISP). Whether you’re using a mobile network tower or a broadband connection, your access to the Internet is controlled by a central authority. This means that a entity can monitor or censor your internet traffic.

In a mesh network there is no network owner. Instead, every user’s devices link together directly to create a new network where data can flow without regulation or control.

To create these connections, devices can use a variety of methods, such as WiFi and Bluetooth, or plain network cables to create links with other irdest users around them.

The network that is created by irdest can serve two purposes: to connect you with people around you to run applications specifically made for irdest, or to act as a tunnel to the traditional Internet.

Want to learn more?

Do you have questions about the project or want to talk to us about irdest? Check out the Community page to learn how.

The project is currently undergoing a rewrite. Many of the core tools are already done, but user-facing applications are lacking. The easiest way to get into irdest is to download the Linux irdest-hubd binary and joining the open irdest test network. Find out how!

If you have trouble setting up the hubd server, check out the Learn page to find user manuals, and documentation on both code-internals, and irdest protocol descriptions.

Funding & Partnerships

The Irdest project does not work alone, and we are always looking for collaboration opportunities. Please don’t hesitante to contact us!