this is really a great project, i am still waiting for my heltec boards being shipped next week, so unfortunately i could not test anything yet.
When i came across this project i instantly thought about Briar. Briar is a Messenger app, which is targeting similar scenarios without a working infrastructure. Briar is optimized for privacy and operates via the tor network, but it can also work without a internet connection via wifi or bluetooth.
Like Meshtastic, Briar is based on the B.a.t.m.a.n protocol, so i wonder if it is possible to add a feature that allows the Briar Messenger to use a Meshtastic network of a paired device for “doomsday messaging” .
I think of something like a transparent bluetooth bridge, repeater functionality over bluetooth, or something like that. I have never used bluetooth myself, i am a wifi guy, and i am still reading about the b.a.t.m.a.n protocol. So i am not yet able to estimate if this is even possible.
Any ideas or thoughts about this?
Edit: What are the advantages against the integrated messenger functionality?
- encryption and overall, security, is handled by the smartphone only. (better performance, panic Button to delete history, robust and tested security concept?)
- no security issues if a node gets compromised
- existing community/users
- support another great open source project