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Please read our FAQ if you haven’t already.

Join the mesh
First you need to enter a new node request. This will add your router to our list of node requests and put your location on our map. If you have multiple locations enter them separately.

Order a router
We currently support two different models of routers-

For outdoors and long distance-

For indoors-

The single band router can mesh over-the-air with other TP-Links, and it can connect to the Ubiquiti via ethernet cable.

Buy on Amazon:
Ubiquiti NanoStation NSM5
TP-Link router TL-WR842ND

Buy at B&H: (free delivery)
Ubiquiti NanoStation NSM5
TP-Link router TL-WR842ND

Download the firmware and flash your router

TP-Link instructions

Wait ten minutes or so and connect to the router via Wi-Fi. It now has a SSID name like “nycmesh 1a2b” and a random IP of the form 10.x.x.x

NanoStation NSM5 instructions
(for old NSM5s or if you are upgrading see below)


Wait ten minutes or so. It now has a SSID name like “nycmesh 1a2b” and a random IP of the form 10.x.x.x

Now your router is flashed, read how to install a NanoStation

Upgrades are for when your router is already running nycmesh/qMp or another version of OpenWrt.

WR842N upgrade download
WDR3600 upgrade download
NSM5-XW upgrade download

Older (2014 or earlier) XM NSM5s
NSM5-XM download
NSM5-XM upgrade download

Our firmware is based on qMp, which is an OpenWrt package using BMX6 meshing protocol. Thanks to Roger at qMp for all of his help.

Am I on the mesh?

After you successfully flash your router and you have emailed us, and we have added your tinc tunneling key, you should be on the mesh. If you re-flash your router (not usually necessary) you will have to email us again so we can add your new tinc tunneling key. Emailing us also lets us know who’s router was just flashed.

A quick test to see if you are on the mesh is to go here-

This URL should resolve after an hour or so of being online-