The Meshtastic Node Map and the Where are you? Add your locations threads show that people want to connect with other people in their area. This would be easy with a public shared channel but currently we are limited to a single channel that we configure. In my opinion it would be a good idea to have a list of public channels people can join in their area to become part of a public mesh.
I think in the current stage it only makes sense for cities or areas where you have at least 3 or more nodes already on the map and the distance is close, so there is an actual chance of the nodes connecting.
This is a idee what i‘like and what i was say also in the past, there should be some channel what is default for join, first for test and meet other person in him area … this bring also the project forward, if a user start with this project, maybe he can found fast some other member, and feel, yes this work … for that case its need, only two channels what is fix programming … „Area“ and „Global“
If you come with the device in range, you get automatic this messages in this channel … and if someone make new friendships, they will create there privat channel …
And maybe in the APP will it be possible to create a channel and store and delete and small notiz for this channel … so you can qiuck join and leave and must not remember what was the privat channel.
Good Idea. I did my first Meshtastic device a few days ago, and also I’m looking for public channels for example for test my device, and I found this thread. I don’t know, I’m very new with LoRa but I’m Android developer and ESP32 developer, maybe I could help to you with that, if you want.
The rest of the string is a base64 encoding of the “ChannelSettings” protobuf bytes. For an example implementation see the code used for the --qr option in the command line python tool.
"""The sharable URL that describes the current channel
bytes = self.radioConfig.channel_settings.SerializeToString()
s = base64.urlsafe_b64encode(bytes).decode('ascii')
you can run it like this
Connected to radio
Channel URL https://www.meshtastic.org/c/#GAMiAQE=
< graphical qr code here>
Does that help? (this is hopefully documented in mesh.proto but it might not be )
btw - the android version of this method is a little bit smarter. Because (apparently - I recently learned this). QR codes are more compact for uppercase encodings. So it makes the first part of the URL uppercase (the ‘payload’ portion has to be mixed case of course because base64)
I wanted to bump this topic as I think it would help tremendously with testing purposes if there was a channel setting for “public” which would be a fixed channel url no matter what (think about channel 16 VHF). This would be great for areas like the bay area where people are living in different locations and would like to distance test (or just talk with other people without knowing what channel to be on). Could be used in variety of different applications such as backpacking where people don’t know each other’s channel codes but are trying to communicate.
I think the default channel settings could serve that purpose. In the latest versions of the android app on the channel screen there is now a button with a globe icon that says something like “Set to default”
besides encryption, other settings need to match in order to route traffic (frequency, bandwidth, etc, etc). so there is no “capability to communicate to all meshtastic users” by removing (or using the same) encryption alone.
also keep in mind multi-channel is still experimental.
can whoever get this fixed asap and also create some test channels so ppl can just connect and test regardless of area or country please thanks! also the reporting bug feature in android app not working!