I’m not knowledgeable about programming or building networks or anything. Can a person simply order some of these https://heltec.org/project/wifi-lora-32/, install the meshtastic app on their phone, and start using them?
Basically I’m looking at using them in the same way that gotenna works. Quite frankly though it pisses me off that gotenna isn’t open source. At a bare minimum, I would like a device that can use external antennas. The gotenna price is also pretty offputting.
I would definitely want to use repeater nodes to extend range. I would like to be able to talk to my family across the city in the event of an emergency. We have frequent tornadoes here, and nobody has basements, so when a tornado comes everyone jumps in their cars and they’re all calling each other trying to figure out what direction to go and escape it, which overloads the network.