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N3KAL
A request for hardware suggestions (edited re-post)

I’d like to set up a tunnel server with a device other than my RF node hardware. I do not have an RF connection at this time (outside of my own nodes)  but I do not want to tie them up with tunnel server overhead for when the day finally arrives (my area is becoming more active).
The device should be low power consumption, low cost, and be flexible to play more than one role or be able to be re-tasked once the tunnel is not necessary. I am thinking the GL.iNet GL-AR750 will fit this role if it will support the tunnel server software.

The basic architecture will be:
    RF node(s)                           >>> Netgear GS108PEv3
    tunnel server device (TBD)    >>> Netgear GS108PEv3
    Netgear GS108PEv3             >>>  TP-Link C2300 (home router) >>> Netgear CM500-100NAS (modem) >>> Comcast. The home network has been in place for years. All devices running current factory firmware except for the RF nodes (AREDN). The Netgear GS108PEv3 is VLAN & managed.

I am setting up a DDNS with noip.com at this time.

On the mesh side, the RF node will be the DHCP server, the Netgear GS108PEv3 will connect the RF nodes, tunnel server, 1+ raspberry pi(s) with apps. On the home network side the C2300 will be the DHCP server with appropriate reserved IP & port forwarding for the tunnel.

One other question, will the  GL.iNet GL-AR750/AREDN combination support an FTP server with the built-in microSD card slot or the USB with a memory stick?

Thoughts/comments welcome!
Thanks in advance!
Rob n3kal

 

AE6XE
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Rob,

Rob,

I think the ​GS108PEv3 is 48v af standard, consequently it will not work with most all devices AREDN  is compatible with -- still have to insert  ~24v POE bricks.

AREDN firmware is not configured to work with USB and microSD ports (except to turn on/off 5v power pass through on USB port).  It's linux, with know how, what you want to do can be done.  However, as a matter of best practice, we try to keep the nodes focused on their core responsibility of the core network and routing.   It's preferred to add a raspi or other LAN device on a node to be a web or file server.  We then get to focus very limited time to improve the core features of the mesh network.

Joe AE6XE

N3KAL
It is indeed 48v.

Joe,
Yes the GS108PEv3 is 48v and it was already in the parts bin so I picked up a couple of these. They work wonderfully.

https://www.amazon.com/Ubiquiti-INS-3AF-O-G-Outdoor-Gigabit-Adapter/dp/B...

I am looking for info. on the 'still-experimental' GL.iNet GL-AR750. Thanks for the feedback on the FTP server question. I like the device for its 5v power supply and it would just be connected through one of the non-POE ports on the Netgear. I am hoping to task it primarily as a tunnel server. The FTP would be a 'nice-to-have' but no deal breaker.
Rob

AE6XE
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All the AREDN functionality

All the AREDN functionality works on the GL.iNet GL-AR750.  Was this the question?   Check the table (scroll down) here for the most up to date list of devices and details:

https://github.com/aredn/aredn_ar71xx

Joe AE6XE

 

N3KAL
Thanks!

Thanks Joe! My 2 candidates for the tunnel server would be the AR750 or the hAP AC Lite. Some of the feed back seems like the folks in my area have had good success with the HAP.
The specs look like they have the same CPU and the ethernet speeds are the same at 10/100.
The HAP has 64MB where the AR750 has 128MB   <<<<<< THIS HAS MY ATTENTION
The HAP has more ports and offers POE on one
HAP 24v; AR750 5v power requirement. (this only makes a difference if I want to have an RF node fed off it. Other than that, it's a wash due to the Netgear POE mentioned above)

So, I'm thinking memory matters. Any final thoughts? (I don't want the thread to be beaten to death, some may say it's too late) smiley
Rob n3kal
 

AE6XE
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Since the firmware still runs

Since the firmware still runs well on 32 Mb RAM it would be difficult to consume require more than 64Mb. I suspect you would sooner have a need to use POE, than need more than 64Mb RAM. Also, different voltage requirements, the hAP is more flexible.

Joe AE6XE

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