Upon switching them on, the #dot nodes spontaneously scan their neighborhood and connect dynamically to one another, to form an ambient WiFi network (SSID = "#dot:dot") detectable with a smartphone or computer.
This #dot:dot WiFi network is a private and protected network that can be used for local data transfer, e.g. for military operations. Via the #dot:dot app, one can further connect the #dot:dot WiFi network to any gateway: public hotspot, home WiFi, shared mobile connexion... by providing the #dot:dot network with the relevant SSID and password of the gateway. Once connected to a gateway, all #dot nodes give access to the internet.