CORY DOCTOROW points to a wonderful free book that describes how to assemble and maintain a wireless network. "Wireless Networking in the Developing World" is expertly written, including parts by William Flickenger ("Wireless Hacks") and Thomas Krag (wire.less.dk). Many of the writers have built and deployed wireless networks under austere conditions. The book enters the public domain thanks to a very liberal Creative Commons License that encourages others to build on this work. Portions of this work appear as related topics in the data communications course at Tipperary Institute. The comprehensive diagrams, descriptions and background information contained in this excellent resource means you could build a wireless network without referencing the internet. For those in rural Ireland, far from traditional internet access, this book helps set down all the steps, equipment and tests needed to connect people over broadband. What a wonderful use of Creative Commons licensing and a community wiki.
Limehouse Book Sprint Team -- "Wireless Networking in the Developing World"