Diagrams of Community Networks

Diagrams describing community networks are often a good way of introducing unfamiliar concepts. There are many different types of diagrams that may be useful. Here is a topic to post good examples.

Like this one of a traditional mobile operator deployment:

Which comes from Kashif Ali and Kurtis Heimerl’s interesting paper at:

I also liked this example of a more specific network diagram I found of Bosco’s Network.


From: http://boscouganda.com

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HI @mike - thanks so much for sharing these illustrations of CNs. I like how the sketch shows coverage of a village with a few details and in a non-technical, non-intimidating kind of way.

I am also posting some other links that have been shared by others, but I have not sifted through to see which ones are more technical or less technical:

AlterMundi docs site: docs.altermundi.net
www.link.ui.com
j.mp/cowplansaux
Diagrams in the book: Wireless Networking in the Development World - http://wndw.net/
https://wiki.cybera.ca/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=7242515
http://www.skylinks.it/isp_wisp.html
https://www.sawireless.co.za/sa_wisp.htm
https://startyourownisp.com/img/network1.png
ASORCOM: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KOW0pAfgk1Bt1I6_CIHwFI9b5Gg&usp=sharing
http://asorcom.net/about-asorcom/

Transferring sketches of your CN using software tools:

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As a follow up,
One of our CN colleagues referred me to the Digital Empowerment Foundation curriculum and specifically this guidebook on network planning:

here is one of the diagrams on Page 26:
DEF_illustration_networkplanning

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Thanks Kathleen, there’s some great resources there…

I also realised that schematic diagrams are also useful, such as this one below that I took a picture of Indonesia at the Puspindes/RelawanTIK network in Pemalang last year.

Mike

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As a follow up,
One of our CN colleagues referred me to the Digital
Empowerment Foundation curriculum and specifically this
guidebook on network planning:

lms.defindia.org

Unit-3%20Network%20Planning.pdf

          here is one of the

diagrams on Page 26:
DEF_illustration_networkplanning


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Cards are another riff on ‘diagrams’ which I hadn’t thought of, which sounds like a great educational strategy. Here is a picture from Colnodo’s CN project in Colombia.

Further details here: https://colnodo.apc.org/es/experiencias/escuela-de-seguridad-digital-en-las-regiones-de-colombia-capacitaciones-para-fortalecer-la-seguridad-de-lideres-sociales

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Here’s the last diagram I made for Moinho. It’s a bit outdated but was really useful to pinpoint the problems we had to solve. And we did, most of them :slight_smile:

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Here’s the latest update of our community network in Moinho, and how we were able to fix most of the links that the diagram was showing to be of bad quality. It also now includes links made with Ethernet cables.

Almost all links are now of great quality :tada:

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I admire your capacity to share the experience of your network with others.Hope you inspire us to do more of sharing! Thanks

I would like to mention some software that yu can use: Gliffy.com Diagrams can be used to draw network diagrams like the below, easily.

Or a program installable on Ubuntu, called “Pencil”. (apt-get install pencil)