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This equipment allows you to send bitcoins without internet in a range of 7 kilometers

The launch of the equipment to execute bitcoin transactions without internet from the Venezuelan project Locha Mesh is getting closer and closer. And field tests carried out by the startup’s team showed that its device can operate in a range greater than 7 kilometers.

Through a post on their Github repository, the Locha Mesh team exposed the results of their test. During these experiments, the signal from the equipment specifically covered 7.16 kilometers, distance in which they managed to transmit data successfully.

Although they managed to cover the distance previously exposed, the idea of ​​the developers was to go a little further to test the limits of the team. “That day time ran out on us so we had to leave it at 7.16 km, but the intention was to have continued even a little further,” said Luis Ruiz, CTO of Locha, in an exclusive conversation with CriptoNoticias.

team sent without internetLocha Mesh devices can cover at least 7 kilometers of distance. Source: rdymac / github.com

“Our intention is to test the limits of the team, so we will do more tests trying to achieve greater distances,” Ruiz added in this regard. In future tests, he confirmed, they will not only look for greater distances but also test the hardware under different conditions.

Although in these tests they managed to cover the 7 kilometers without direct visibility from the equipment to the antenna, any possible interference could affect performance in more extreme conditions.

“There are still many scenarios to cover, not only in terms of distance, but also with different climates or in other environments such as densely urban ones.”

Luis Ruiz, CTO of Locha Mesh

Covering distances with Locha’s Mesh network

For scenarios without internet access, Locha works with radio waves to disseminate information and issuing bitcoin transactions over long distances. Transmission is used by connecting nodes within the mesh or mesh network.

After the tests, it is clear that, in principle, having one of these nodes, every 7 kilometers you can connect to cities through that network. Ruiz confirmed during his contact with this medium that there is no limitation on the number of intermediate nodes, although they expect the range to be greater than 7 kilometers they have achieved thus far.

These first results give us an idea of ​​how a couple of cities could be connected by this mesh of radio waves. For example, between the Venezuelan capital, Caracas; and Maracay, a nearby town in the central region, It would be enough to connect 17 nodes of the network covering the almost 120 kilometers that separate them.

The availability of each access point in the network will depend on whether its owner maintains that access free. Beyond that, any node can “use another node as an intermediary.”

Cost and availability of the kit for bitcoin transactions without internet

As CriptoNoticias reported a few days ago, this development kit is a version focused on a more technical audience, compared to the Turpial device that is also in development. The development board will cost $ 200, like the Turpial, and is now available for preorder through the Locha website.

The CTO of the Venezuelan-born startup confirmed that the results of the kit in terms of performance and power would be the same as those of the Turpial. The kit is, basically, a device with the same characteristics that differs in the user’s intervention capacity.

The kit has exposed physical pins that allow debugging the firmware or adding external components, characteristics that the Turpial does not have, a device intended for all audiences.