How do I turn OFF goTenna Mesh?
How do I turn ON goTenna Mesh?
Will my goTenna Mesh work with goTenna v1 devices?
What is goTenna Mesh?
goTenna Mesh is the first 100% off-grid, mobile, long-range consumer-ready mesh network. The device pairs with smartphones to enable communication among users without any reliance on cell towers, wifi routers, or satellites. Additionally, goTenna Mesh intelligently enables automatic and private message relay, effectively doubling or tripling any device's effective range, creating a network which actually gets stronger the more people join it.
Will goTenna Mesh work with the first-generation goTenna?
On which frequencies does goTenna Mesh operate?
What countries are supported?
goTenna Mesh will auto-tune to RF frequencies that are legal for use in the following countries:
United States, Canada, Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.
Support for Australia, New Zealand and Singapore will be added towards the end of 2017.
Where can I use goTenna Mesh?
Who can I communicate with using goTenna Mesh?
You can chat with any other goTenna Mesh user within range. The reason you can't chat with people who don't have goTenna Mesh is due to the physics of radio waves. You need a properly designed RF receiver to interpret a goTenna Mesh signal. We would love to have our signals get to devices that aren't goTenna-enabled, but phones are designed to work with towers and wifi — exactly what we are working around — and regular radios aren't able to operate at the level of our super-smart networking protocols. We should also point out that goTenna Mesh devices will not be interoperable with regular goTenna devices because they operate on different frequencies.
With that said, the goTenna Plus app upgrade enables an SMS network relay feature, so you can reach people beyond your off-grid network. If a goTenna Mesh user nearby has cell service, they can transmit your message via SMS to your intended recipient.
Can a goTenna Mesh act as a relay node when it is not paired with a smartphone?
The short answer is that, yes, it can!
The longer answer is that any powered-on goTenna Mesh device can receive and relay messages and location data. The information going through the relaying device can only be decrypted by the end recipient. In order to actually receive, interpret and view messages or location data, a user must have a smartphone paired with a goTenna Mesh.
This enables users to strategically place goTenna Meshes between members of their parties, which can function as stationary relay points to increase range. In other words, if two users have four goTenna Meshes, two of those devices can be used solely as relay points, effectively tripling overall range:
User A — User B
User A — Relay — Relay — User B
Because goTenna Mesh has a standard micro-USB, you could leave the device paired to a solar charger or some other power source on its own.
How does offline location sharing work?
goTenna leverages the GPS on your phone, which works all the time even if you don't have service. goTenna then contextualizes that "blue dot" on detailed offline vector maps and allows you to share it with others who have goTenna.
All our maps are free for download, and you can share your location, request others' locations, and also share points of interest. The maps are detailed enough to show specific city blocks and even some trails in certain parks.
Is goTenna Mesh approved by the FCC?
Is goTenna Mesh patented?
Do I need to have my phone with me to use my goTenna Mesh?
You need your phone to send and see received messages, however goTenna Mesh can continue to receive messages without your phone being paired. In such a case goTenna Mesh would store your messages for upload to your phone the next time you connect.
This is also true if your phone battery dies. Your goTenna Mesh will continue to receive messages on your behalf and store them until you can recharge your phone and access the goTenna Mesh app again.