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In eLearning-DTN you learn about a type of network that suits for communications challenged communities and other challenging use situations. The course tells about how you can set up and run such a network, and gives some ideas of where it can be useful.

eLearning-DTN builds on results from a project called N4C that run 2008-2011 and was funded by the EU FP7 programme. The course is made to encourage people to make use of the results from N4C, with open source software and instructions.

The people who have developed eLearning-DTN were also involved in the N4C project. Some are researchers and other work in or own small businesses. To learn more about us you are welcome to visit

Accessing this course is free of charge.

eLearning-DTN is possible thanks to a grant support received under the EU Lifelong Learning Programme. The content of the publication is the sole responsibility of the publisher and the European Commission is not liable for any use that may be made of the information.

  • DTN course structure:

    1. Introduction
    2. What you need to start - What’s needed to setup a DTN, from the point of software, hardware and an understanding of your local infrastructure.
    3. How to implement software - How to setup a DTN such as one of N4C systems.
    4. How to build your network - This topic contain the One.Stop.DTN presentation with an implementation example, also contains the step-by-step guides for the installation and configuration procedures.
    5. Working with people in deployment - How to recruit user
    6. Case: A Deployment to NGO in Swedish Lapland
    7. Case: Environmental deployment - This topic contains courses for deployment of DTN technology in environmental monitoring (climate, meteorological, karst cave and radiological automatic measuring systems). Automatic environmental measurements are needed also in the communication challenged areas where stand alone automatic measuring stations are placed for climate watch and protection of sparse population. DTN is the most suitable technology to transfer measured data from such areas. Content of this topic shows how to set up environmental DTN node using sensors, embedded computer and software. Skills include physical mounting and electrical connections, software installation and testing of data transfer.
    7. PLUTI (Prophet) - Acronym PLUTI stands for Prophet by Lulea University of Technology Implementation and it is used for former “Prophet DTN implementation”. In the lessons when names “PLUTI” and “prophet” appear they are describing the same DTN implementation. This topic contains courses for deployment of this DTN implementation to different computer platforms.