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KC5LIO
Integrating an AREDN node into my home network

Being somewhat new to AREDN and having just implemented my first AREDN node, I noted that there seemed to be no way to use it effortlessly from my home Wi-Fi networked computers.  It also appeared that I couldn't host services from my home network computers.  The AREDN node was a completely different network with a different IP block.  I saw several people asking how to integrate AREDN into their existing computer networks but the best answer offered was that plugging a computer into the switch via cable would allow you to be on both the home network and AREDN at the same time.

Having a good bit of computer experience and just enough networking knowledge to be dangerous, I set out to integrate my new AREDN node fully into my existing home network.  I took the time to document how I did this and am offering it here in hopes that it will guide others.  This paper documents my own setup but the concept should be universally applicable.

The document contains many screenshots and is a little too large to upload in this forum so I have hosted it on my own website.  For anyone interested, please check it out at the address below.


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Preface:  The subject of this paper is to document a method of integrating an Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) node seamlessly into my existing home computer network.  The goal was to allow any computer on my home network to access the AREDN mesh as well as being able to run any service for AREDN by port forwarding to my networked computers.  At the same time the home network would function as usual with all computers having access to each other as well as the Internet.  I wanted the ARDEN mesh to be as easy to access as the Internet without having to plug in different cables or do anything special.

 

WA6RZW
Thank you

After struggling with AREDN for 2 weeks your write-up gives me hope.  The VLAN has been horrible to deal with.  I have three diffferent VLAN switches and have yet to get anything to work via VLAN.  (none of the switches are Netgear)  I hope I don't have to buy another one.
Thanks 73 Ed

K6CCC
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What switches

What switches are you using?  Any managed switch that can understand VLANs should easily handle AREDN.
 

nc8q
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struggling with AREDN

Hi, Ed:

Did you succeed with the struggle and get aredn firmware loaded into your unidentified Wi-Fi device?

I suspect that your 3 different unidentified VLAN capable switches do not have VLANs configured out-of-the-box.
You may need to program the VLANs on those unidentified switches.
There are instructions on programming many configurations of VLANs on this web site.
There are sample configurations for Netgear and TP-Link devices here on this web site.
Here is a link to an video explaining VLANs: https://www.arednmesh.org/content/understanding-vlans

I hope this helps, Chuck

KC5LIO
Glad you found it of value. 

Glad you found it of value.  The vlans can be a bit confusing but once you gain some experience they do work well and allow some flexibility.  Think of it as having different channels on the same cable.

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