How it works
The JoinAfrica system is designed to make operating a large-scale WiFi network easy and sustainable for regular people. The system provides tools for constructing a wireless mesh network and a cloud-based server for billing and network management. JoinAfrica takes care of building relationships with ASPs and content providers, manages user accounts and lets operators associate with the JoinAfrica Freemium service.
JoinAfrica enables local operators to
create self-organizing, networks with a
variety of 2.4 and 5Ghz WiFi devices.
Operators install our custom firmware
on commodity hardware from
manufacturers like Linksys, D-Link or
Ubiquiti and augment the devices as
needed to increase range. With some
minimal configuration, JoinAfrica nodes
associate with each other to form
wireless mesh that automatically
identifies and routes web traffic to the
JoinAfrica brings small local operators
together to integrate services and share
resources as if they were one larger
operator. In order to facilitate this, the
core JA team operates a central
management server to support new
networks and provides technical
training to anyone seriously interested
in building their own network.
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Read more on how to build your own network
Users can connect directly to JoinAfrica
with any wifi-enabled device. When
they open a web browser they are
presented with the JA landing page
where they can opt for the limited free
access or enter a paid password. Users
can purchase passwords through
scratchcards or mobile payments.
Users can search for coverage in their
area via an online map on