Warning!!

Notice: There is a serious risk to certain Ubiquiti hardware when used with software not written to match their new boot loader.

The issue occurs when recent Ubiquiti devices with a new bootloader version are used with firmware not specifically modified for this change achat cialis 20mg.

OpenWRT is the original software for Broadband-Hamnet software designed for Ubiquiti products.

At present, the issue is under investigation.

To prevent unrecoverable damage to your Ubiquiti devices, we STRONGLY recommend waiting until the limits, methods to avoid the risk and specific steps are posted.

Further details of the actual issue are here: http://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/ubiquiti/airmaxm

PS: We have not yet seen this with stock in New Zealand, but be careful!

Mesh Special Interest Group meeting – 17 September

Following the very successful Mesh SIG meeting last month in the Wellington region, we have decided to run another one.

Date: 17 September
Time: 7:30pm
Place: Tawa Community Centre (where the VHF Group meets)

The main topics of the first meeting were Mesh installation and talking about the broad plans for the Mesh network. In this meeting we are going to talk more about what we can actually DO on the Mesh and what we would like to do. We are hoping to demonstrate some of the practical things already available.

Remember that all are welcome.

You do not have to be a member of any club or branch. You just need to have an interest in Mesh and networking!

MESH Party Feedback

The MESH party went off much better than expected.
Nanostation M2
Team 1 tackled the node in Johnsonville. The new unit with the dtd link to the original unit now provides a relatively stable link between the north and the south. The installation was quick and without any hassles. Many thanks guys!

Team 2 went up to Gloaming Hill and installed the Nanostation. Surprisingly, it could see Colonial Knob, albeit very haphazardly. It was a more difficult install but went off without a hitch. Many thanks to all those who turned out!

The Titahi club room installation still needs to be sorting out. A hockey stick arrangement needs to be installed outside. The Rocket installation should be very quick and painless.

The final step to getting Gloaming Hill and the Titahi club properly connected, will be the installation in Tawa. This should be taking place within the next few weeks. This should give a strong connection between Gloaming Hill to Johnsonville, as well as opening up Tawa.

Wellington Region MESH Install Party this Saturday

Tomorrow is one of Wellington’s first ‘install’ parties. The aim of the party is to get new nodes up-and-running, or repair/tweak existing nodes all on one day, with many people getting involved.
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Team 1: Will be out at the ZL2TBU node in Johnsonville, where they will be installing a second Nanostation facing north to Colonial Knob. This will improve the latency between the northern suburbs and southern suburbs.

Team 2: Will tackle the Gloaming Hill site with the installation of a Nanostation. The aim is to link to the Titahi Bay (Branch42) club rooms. We also hope to see Colonial Knob, which doesn’t seem likely, and to set up the link through to Tawa.

Team 3: Will install a Rocket/Bullet at Murray’s place on the ridge looking at Tawa. This should link Gloaming Hill, Colonial Knob, Tawa and the missing parts of Porirua/Titahi Bay.

If you want to be involved in one of the install parties, please contact James, ZL2ET.

Wellington MESH Special Interest Group

The inaugral meeting of the Wellington MESH SIG went off very well, with 18 people attending and a number of others sending their apologies.

We had a good discussion about the basics of the MESH, what it can do and what it can’t do. We also discussed expanding the MESH and the strategic planning of new node locations.

Wellington MESH Special Interest Group

There is a lot of excitement among the Wellington amateur community regarding the MESH and what we can do with it. Have other regions around New Zealand had similar meetings?

Recently, a number of people have been asking about the next meeting of the MESH SIG. We have tentatively arranged it for 17 September, but I will confirm this.

Wellington MESH Special Interest Group meeting tomorrow (Thursday)

The Wellington Mesh SIG will be meeting tomorrow (Thursday, 6/8/2015) at the Tawa Community Centre.

We will be:

1) Assisting people with the flashing of their units
2) Discussing ways of making the MESH easier to access (Wireless Access Points etc)
3) Discuss our plans for further expansion
4) Introduce some new services you can find on the MESH
5) Talk about when to link to other groups (Auckland/Canada/USA)

… and anything else MESH related achat cialis 5.

Please come and join us, even if you are not yet running a MESH node.

A VLAN Setup for BBHN using a Netgear GS108E

Author: Clint, AE5CA

One of the few problems of using UBNT gear for Broadband Hamnet is that there is only one Ethernet port available. With the Linksys WRT54G, we had a WAN port to connect to the internet, and four LAN ports to connect to peripheral devices such as computers, printers VOIP phones etc. Fortunately for us, by using an Ethernet Switch with 802.1Q VLAN capability we are able to duplicate and even improve on the ports available for us to use.

The instructions below are specific to a Netgear GS108E switch. Netgear also makes a GS105E and the GS116E switch that are similar. Other manufactures also make suitable switches and the basic concepts below should be applicable to those as well.

This setup is for two BBHN Ubiquiti Nodes. The nodes are connected back-to-back and both nodes have internet access. The 1st node has three LAN ports available, the 2nd node has two LAN ports available.

The ports of the switch are used as follows:

Port 1 Internet into the switch
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Port 3 Node 1 Lan Port A
Port 4 Node 1 Lan Port B
Port 5 Node 1 Lan Port C
Port 6 Connected to the 2nd Node
Port 7 Node 2 Lan Port A
Port 8 Node 2 Lan Port B

I have set up 4 VLANs:

1 Internet
2 Back-to-Back Linking
10 Node 1 LAN
20 Node 2 LAN

Below is a screen shot of the top level configuration.

Continue reading HERE

Ngaio and Northern Suburbs now connected

On Saturday, James, ZL2ET helped to install the missing node which would connect Ngaio to the northern Wellington suburbs. The missing node was at Andre’s, ZL2ATL QTH in Johnsonville. This provided the missing link between ZL2TB, Ted and the node at ZL2TBU’s place, which links down to the Ngaio repeater site.
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It became evident that something was not quite right, so James, ZL2ET did a detailed investigation and determined that the Rocket installed at Ngaio was not ‘hearing’ Ngaio very well.

On Sunday morning, James, ZL2ET, Ray, ZL2RAY and John, ZL2HD made their way up to the Ngaio site, complete with the obligatory Wellington winds. They took down the Rocket and replaced the unit with a Nanostation which was kindly lent to us by Ray, ZL2RAY. We may need to install second Nanostation to cover the city properly.

The new node solved the problems with the link and has since remained pretty stable. We do need to make a small tweak in the positioning of the ZL2TBU site for maximum throughput.

Our next step is to try to open up the Hutt Valley.

Ngaio site now online and opening up new areas of Wellington

Last week we had Colonial Knob up, followed by the Ngaio site this week.

The Ngaio site is a crucial part of the Wellington MESH network. Not only does it open up Ngaio and Khandallah, but extends the range to cover the entire Wellington City, parts of the Miramar peninsula, parts of Karori, the whole of the Eastbourne and the bays, and down into parts of Petone. Just take a look at the pics below to see the view!

The node is named: ZL2WA-RNG and like the rest of our mesh, it is on channel 3 on the 2Ghz band.

Although the site is not yet linked through to Colonial Knob, it should be doing so in the coming weeks. We are looking at links on various locations, including Mount Victoria, Grenada North and a second site in Newlands. We are also looking at a temporary internet link in the short term.

The next major move would be to develop the MESH up the Hutt Valley. We have already earmarked sites to do so, so stay tuned for more news!

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