Meraki introduces two additional models to its inexpensive mesh routing line-up: Meraki is interested in simplicity, fungibility, and quantity. Added to their existing $49 interior mesh node, which can plug into a connection and share it through automatic discovery of other nodes, they've announced a $99 repeater designed to be hung outdoors and reach up to 700 feet without an optional high-gain antenna. The Meraki Outdoor needs no wired feed, although it comes with double Ethernet ports.
The Meraki Solar (price to come) will power the Meraki Outdoor, making external, electricity-free mesh routing a reasonable option in both U.S. neighborhoods and developing rural economies. In the U.S., the issues over first, getting the rights to site equipment on a utility pole, and, second, getting electricity to equipment on a pole seem to be stalling networks of all kinds across the country. (This is one reason why Qualcomm and cell companies were laughing at muni Wi-Fi and mobile WiMax in their early days: they were thinking how naive the nascent industries were about real estate.)
With a solar-powered outdoor node with a high-gain antenna and a decent line of sight--read up on the Fresnel zone for those issues--this could allow a neighborhood area network (NAN) that wanted to use, say, a Speakeasy go-ahead-and-share-it T-1 or DSL line to set up a network pretty easily. I have been asked many times over the years by NANs what equipment to buy--if it all checks out, Meraki's going to have a lock on that market, too.