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AREDN highly recommends upgrading to AREDN security release v3.21.4.0
For more information see the Latest Docs page

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AREDN Release Notes v3.20.3.0 – 27 March 2020


The AREDN team is pleased to announce the general availability of the latest stable release of AREDN firmware. We now fully support 70+ devices from four manufacturers. This diversity of supported equipment enables hams to choose the right gear for a given situation and budget.

AREDN firmware is now based on the most recent stable version of OpenWRT19.07.2 which was released in March 2020. This improvement is significant in that it enables AREDN firmware to benefit from the many bug fixes, security improvements and feature enhancements provided by OpenWRT developers from around the world.

The latest AREDN firmware contains features inherited from the newest OpenWRT upstream release (19.07.2). One important change is the inclusion of a new target (architecture) for the firmware, labelled “ath79”, which is the successor to the existing “ar71xx” targets. OpenWRT explains that their main goal for this target is to bring the code into a form that will allow all devices to run a standard unpatched Linux kernel. This will greatly reduce the amount of customization required and will streamline the firmware development process. As not all supported devices have been migrated to the new “ath79” target, AREDN continues to build firmware for both targets.  You may notice that the AREDN download page has firmware for these two targets, and you should select the latest...

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Updated date: Friday, March 27, 2020 - 23:04


Ham Radio Now on FCC Reallocation of 3/5 GHz

David Goldenberg W0DHG interviews Andre Hansen K6AH, David Erickson KB5UGF and Jim Aspinwall NO1PC to discuss the spectrum defense and proposed changes to the 3GHz and 5GHz bands. These changes will affect current AREDN networks across the nation.
Please remember before you respond to the FCC, make sure you write professionally and to the point. And please reach out to your served agencies and representatives.

Ham Radio Now episode 415
Call to Action
AREDN Comment Template
AREDN High-Speed Data Network Article
MJARS FCC Reallocation Documents
 

Updated date: Monday, January 6, 2020 - 10:28

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Announcements


AREDN Documentation Repository

Thanks to a great suggestion and some content from Steve KC0EUW, we now have an AREDN document repository on GitHub.

If you just want to read what is in the library, you can view the docs on ReadTheDocs.io at https://arednmesh.readthedocs.io/en/latest.
You can also find this documentation by clicking on the Docs menu item on the front page and making your choice from the dropdown list. 
We added a new Network Design Guide to help you in planning your local AREDN mesh network.

If you are interested in contributing to the rapidly growing set of AREDN related information, you can easily do so on GitHub. This works the same way as if you were contributing code to the project.
There are detailed instructions on how you can contribute to AREDN documentation in the README.md file 

Summary Instructions:
After...

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Installing AREDN on Mikrotik using Windows


The new Mikrotik devices supported by AREDN are great, but the installation procedure for loading AREDN firmware on them using a Linux computer has been intimidating to many in our community.

There is no reason to fear any longer.

Ray KK6RAY (formerly KM6WUH) devised a procedure to install AREDN firmware on Mikrotik using a Windows computer. The widespread familiarity with Windows and fewer steps in Ray's procedure should greatly reduce any anxiety you may have about trying a Mikrotik unit.

Ray produced a 20-minute video to demonstrate the installation procedure. The video is on YouTube here.
In addition to a Windows computer, an AREDN-supported Mikrotik device (see Supported Platform Matrix), and an Ethernet cable, you will need:

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hAP ac lite 5GHz LAN Access Point


Joe AE6XE reports that the  Nightly Build available on Nov 28, 2018 will now include capability to use both wireless cards in the hAP ac lite device.  The 2GHz is the Mesh RF and now the 5GHz is a standard part 15 Access Point bridged with the LAN network.   This means that LAN mesh devices can be both on wifi and physically on the Ethernet port, both allocated the IP addresses assigned for the LAN network.   

For now, the 5GHz channels overlapping Doppler Radar are not selectable -- the "DFS" channels.   This will be an add on later to integrate in these channels. 

The code changes that make this possible, also make the following capability readily doable and are in the pipeline for the nightly build:

1) Activating the Nanostation XM devices' secondary Ethernet port to be standard AREDN functionality (and daisy chain devices with poe passthough).
2) Ability to enable/disable the following for single wireless card devices -- only one active on the wireless at a time or both disabled:
     a) mesh RF as we know today
     b) LAN Access Point for...
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Improved Capability on XW Device Ports

 

Full functionality of both ports on Nanostation M2 and M5 XW units is now available.

Joe AE6XE found a way to remove the limitations noted in the forum thread.   Both Ethernet ports on the Nanostation M2/M5 devices are now configured and working without limitations.  This code will be available after tonight's build on Nov 22, 2018.  Text included in the AREDN GitHub README:

The following devices have enhanced Ethernet port usage.

  • NanoStation M5 XW
  • NanoStation M2 XW

A single CAT5 cable to the device could be plugged into ether the 'main' or 'secondary' port with standard port functionality. Both ports can be used interchangeably and simultaneously with LAN devices on both ports at the same time. POE PassThough can be turned on in Advanced Settings to power IP cameras or other mesh nodes. It is passive' POE, which means whatever voltage you supply the M5 XW with, that voltage is passed though to the secondary port and device.  It could be between...

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California Hams Provide Fire Videos


Local amateur radio operators are responding to the recent and ongoing fires in California in many ways. Several of these hams have built a high-speed multimedia AREDN mesh network which was used to deliver live streaming video of the fires in progress.

In Ventura County, Orv Breach W6BI, Paul Straus WD6EBY and Ben Kuo AI6YR installed high-definition cameras in their portion of the growing Southern California AREDN network. They were able to figure out how to send to live video stream across the mesh network to then Internet and finally to YouTube for public access.

Ben AI6YR reports that their mesh network stayed operational even when the Spectrum cable, Internet access and phone system went down across the region. People were able to use the mesh network to keep updated on emergency information.

The start of the “Woolsey Fire” from Simi Valley, courtesy of Orv W6BI and the Pleasant Valley Amateur Radio Club
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cowdbebnX5o

The fire in Santa Paula, California (Briggs...

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Support AREDN with Amazon Purchases

Thinking of buying new AREDN mesh gear? You can now support the project with your Amazon purchases.

Amazon Smile

 

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