What is qaul.net?
qaul.net is a free software suite, which enables everyday devices, such as laptops and smartphones to create an internet independent decentralised and open ad-hoc wireless mesh network. It supports both public and private text messaging, voice calls, audio broadcasts and file sharing — all in a single app.
Independent of existing wireless and celular infrastructure, it empowers users to share ideas and organise, circumventing government censorship and corporate surveillance.
In addition to this, it provides a powerful service library, which enables others to write applications that communicate and interact with an existing qaul network.
A decentralised world
Online communication has become something that everybody depends on, usually via centralised services and infrastructure. It might even sometimes seem like there’s no real alternative to staying in touch with people this way.
Throughout the years, there have been many occurences of governments shutting down parts of this infrastructure, or systematically attacking centralised services in order to shut down people’s ability to organise. It was one of thes occurences, the internet shutdown in Egypt in 2011, that inspired the creation of qaul.net in 2012.
Since then the project has grown and evolved. We seek to abolish the traditional way of building infrastructure. Working with many other projects (notebly Freifunk), and learning from many ideas, we not only aim to build tools for the next revolution, but also for a new way of networking people and communities together.
Send public, encrypted group and private messages to anyone you meet on the network
Share files either directly, or via re-usable, torrent-like share links
Have voice calls and broadcast live radio shows
Discover users and services around you, verify their identity when you meet
Peer-to-peer mesh routing
Don't rely on existing infrastructure - become part of new ad-hoc infrastructure wherever you are
Delay tolerant networks
If there's no stable connection between you and your friends, trust a network that stores data until it finds it's home
We are currently rewriting qaul.net to support more features and a wider range of hardware. In the meantime, you can download the current (legacy) app here.Go to downloads
There's many ways to get involved with qaul.net. Check out the available documentation and don't hesitate to get in touch with us via one of the community channels listed below.