A powered goTenna Mesh device can receive and relay messages and location data. goTenna Mesh does NOT need to be actively paired to a smartphone to serve as a relay node, but it does have to be powered on.
This enables users to use goTenna Mesh devices as stationary relay points in strategic locations to increase range. As an example, imagine two users have four goTenna Mesh devices. Two of those devices can be used solely as relay nodes, increasing potential reach of the mesh network:
User A — User B
User A — Relay Node 1 — Relay Node 2 — User B
Because goTenna Mesh has a standard micro-USB port, you can leave the device paired to a power source if you plan to use it as a relay node for an extended period of time. If you need to check the battery life of a relay node, you can pair to it via the goTenna App and review it's battery life. You can then unpair and your goTenna Mesh will remain in relay mode.
To place your goTenna Mesh in relay mode:
- Power on goTenna Mesh.
- When the LED light is flashing, quickly press the power button 3 times.
- You'll then see the LED is solid. Press the power, again, 3 times. This will place your goTenna Mesh in relay mode.
- To confirm that you device is in relay mode, press the power button once. You'll see the LED flash 3 times. This confirms that your Mesh is in relay mode.
To disable relay mode, power cycle your goTenna Mesh. You can then pair via the goTenna Native App.
Installing a stationary relay node in your neighborhood? Print this sign to let your community know what your goTenna Mesh is up to!