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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. If you are within range of a supernode and have line-of-sight you may be able to connect directly. Otherwise we will try to connect you to a nearby rooftop.

To connect to the supernode, please contact us and we will advise. This usually uses a LiteBeamAC or NanoBeamAC. Configuration info is here.

To setup a rooftop to rooftop connection you can use two NanoStation M5s. You can also just set up a public access point and aim it towards the street. It is best to figure out exactly what kind of connection you are making before proceeding. Chat with us first to make sure.

Order a router

For Supernode connections you need a different router (usually LiteBeamAC)

Buy on Amazon:
Ubiquiti NanoStation NSM5

Buy at B&H: (free delivery)
Ubiquiti NanoStation NSM5

Download the firmware and flash your router

NanoStation NSM5 instructions

If you want to connect to a public access point, such as a Link NYC kiosk, there is no need to flash the router. Just follow these 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

You must also install a watchdog script to keep the network stable. Here are the instructions. Email us if you are not comfortable doing this. This script will be included in the next version of our firmware.

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-

Here are our old TP-Link instructions in case you find an old TL-WR842N on ebay-

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