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Please Meet Stanley

Stanley is a Mesh Go-Kit that I put together at the end of the summer. When deployed, Stanley consists of a 2 GHz WiFi client, and a 5 GHz node capable of being a tunnel client. Both units are NanoStation Loco's. When deployed, Stanley looks like this:

Stanley is built into a 3 piece Stanley rolling toolbox. The PVC arms are on heavy duty hinges which fold up from a plywood base which also houses the various electronics and power circuity components. Keeping the arms from swaying in the breeze is a piece of 1x2 wood with u-bolts around the arms at the top. Looking inside, here is what is on the plywood base:

Inside, there is a 12V DC / 7 AH battery, a fused power distribution module, a GS-108e vlan switch, and a PoE Texas multiport ethernet power injector. On the inside of the 2x4 on the right is a small digital voltmeter used to keep tabs on the battery voltage.

Inside the top cover of Stanley is a surprise:

The surprise is a 2 port USB charger for cell phones. (See the left compartment.)

The Stanley rolling toolbox has 3 compartments:
- a top compartment which houses all the active parts of Stanley
- a middle section which has many small compartments, suitable for storing hardware, etc.
- a bottom section which is used for storing bulkier things such as cables, a battery charger, and a VoIP phone.

The Grandstream 1625 phone plugs directly into the POE strip and gets its power from there.

Built into the base of the phone is a reverse POE injector which pulls 12V from the ethernet cable and then runs it through a small 5V switching regulator to power the 5V phone.

When it's time to go back home, everything folds neatly back into the top compartment ready for his next adventure.

Stanley has room on his POE strip for another node. This node will be powered by the battery and will talk DTD to Stanley's normal 5 GHz node.

I hope you liked meeting Stanley. He is very friendly!



Would it be possible to ask for (request) a somewhat detailed parts list for your Stanley?  Reason for asking is that I would like to build one for use in a CERT group I belong to.  The use in that group would be both 'show and tell' and, more hopefully, an inspiration for a few others in the group to build other 'Stanleys' for testing and for use in activations.
Thank you,
James Good kd5vxh

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Parts List

James, give me a couple of days to put the list together. Many of the pieces came from the Junque Box. So, I have to go back and get the original part numbers and vendors for those items.


If you can find my email

If you can find my email address in the register here, that is the one I use most often and would be most likely to see and read.
Thank you,
James kd5vxh

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Please Meet Stanley

Nicely done!  I like your approach to field operation.
I did something similar, but with the objective of providing a test/demo/educational platform that could also provide utility as a traditional go kit.  I packed a bunch of stuff on 2.4 and 5 GHz into a small Dewalt case.  It does lack intrrnal power, but does feature a VoIP phone, a switch, an AP, a Zumspot/Pi3, another Pi3, and 12 and 5 Volt power disstribution.  Power and the laptop are my next projects.  The power is in a prior preferred box format, so that may wait... TBD
I'll share what I have soon once I take pictures.
Gordon Beattie, W2TTT


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Bill of Materials

Here's the Bill of Materials as best as I can put it together

Stanley 3-piece rolling tool box
Stanley p/n STST18614
Lowes sku 595246
Home Depot has a similar unit but its not quite the same.

20190506 - See posting below about availability of this rolling tool box at Lowes.

Ubiquiti 2 GHz and 5 GHz NanoStation Loco
Available from many vendors
Software for the 5 GHz Node can be found on this website

NetGear GS108e VLAN ethernet switch
Available from many vendors

Fused power distribution module
Blue Sea Systems p/n 5025
West Marine sku 3733482

2-Port USB Charger Outlet
West Marine sku 15830490
Quicksilver also sells something similar

Digital VoltMeter
Quicksilver SKU cvolt-green!/Digital-LED-Voltmeter-Green/p/51010084/category=11543079

12V @ 7AH
Available from many vendors

POE Injector
PoE Texas WT-GPOE-4B
Available on Amazon

Mast Tee hinges
Everbuilt Model # 15291
Home Depot SKU #339253
Similar ones can be found at Lowes and other hardware outlets

Mast Material
1 " and 1 1/4" PVC schedule 40 pipe - cut to size
Available at many stores.
The 1 1/4 " pipe slides over the 1" pipe and extends it another foot or so. 1/4x20 bolts keep the extension pieces in place.
Both Ubiquiti devices mount to the 1 1/4" sections with hose clamps. I don't trust the cable ties supplied with the devices.

DC power cables for ethernet switch and poe injector. Also used on phone. Includes 2.1mm connector.
Tensility CA-2185
Digi-Key p/n CP-2185-ND

5V Switching Regulator used to power phone
Digi-Key p/n 811-2692-ND
OKI also makes a similar unit with leads bent at right angles to this part.

Grandstream GXP1625
Available from many stores.

Miscellaneous Material - use as needed and/or cut to size
3/4" plywood - plywood base
1x4 lumber - partitions on plywood base and mast separator
2x4 lumber - mounting area for masts
1/4x20 screws, nuts, washers, lockwashers
Wing nuts
Ubolts for mast separator
Hose clamps to attach Ubiquiti equipment to mast material
PowerPoles to connect usb outlet, charger or other things
Faston clips for battery
Inline fuse for battery
Wood screws for partitions, hinges, et. al.
Cat5 cable and heads as needed
Battery charger - I used an old Radio Shack 12V power supply from the Junque Box (transformer type!)

Note that the whole affair is built on the 3/4" base and is removable from the rolling tool box. It is completely self-contained
Also note that the top compartment of the rolling tool box can be removed and placed on a table top, desk, etc. for indoor use.

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5V Power for Phone

I was able to sneak the 5V Switching Regulator used to power the phone into the base of the phone along with a reverse connected POE injector.

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Hello Crafty, Goodbye Stanley

On my recent travels to Lowes, I no longer see this black and yellow rolling tool box. I do see what looks to be the same item in black and red under the Craftsman logo. Indeed, the last part of the model number is the same. (Black and Decker owns the Stanley brand and now own the Craftsman brand, formerly owned by Sears.) Enter the name "Crafty".

So, please modify the Bill of Materials accordingly:

CRAFTSMAN DIY 19-in Red Plastic Wheeled Lockable Tool Box
Craftsman p/n CMST18614
Lowes Item Number 1048640

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"Crafty" is a better match!

Noted the evolution of Stanley to Crafty and couldn't help but note that the black and red will better match your Promaster City.   :-)
One day, I need to get with you and your respective RED Promaster City and Promaster 3500 159 WB EXT vehicles and put them side by side and stand there with your Stanley and my Walter go kits!  The photos would be both humorous and instructive!

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Walter's Chariot Promaster 3500 159 WB EXT

Mark et al,
I will post some photos of one element of Walter later tonight.   It is a large briefcase-sized toolbox from Dewalt and rides on a similar, but larger rolling container that is home right now, while we are in Dallas for a Mary Kay conference.  

In the meantime, here is a photo of Walter's Chariot.
The AREDN Mesh gear is just getting installed as we develop the platform.

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Walter - aka W2TTT-FIELD

OK, attached is a photo of the W2TTT-FIELD kit. The power, mast supports, cameras, laptop, etc. go in a lower rolling case that is separate.

This unit is deployable on its own and can support three dtd nodes. There is a 5 GHz Bullet as a base unit, and a 2 GHz Nanostation as an internal or mast deployable node. There is also a preconfigured VLAN for a third node. The unit also has a Wi-Fi access point and a cellular modem. Inside there is an RPi3 for general use and another running a DMR and YSF Hotspot. The VoIP phone is on two different switches, AL0Y's and my own. Its IP is public for IP dialing. Internally, there is a 12V POE injector, a 4 port USB power adapter and a small RigRunner. This unit can operate closed as power and Ethernet connectors are on the sides.

Guess, I will need to trim the photo sizes later...

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