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AREDN highly recommends upgrading to AREDN security release v3.19.3.0
For more information: https://www.arednmesh.org/content/aredn-v31930-available

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AREDN Release Notes v3.19.3.0 – 23 March 2019

The AREDN team is pleased to announce the general availability of the latest stable release of AREDN firmware.

Since our last stable release just 6 months ago, the AREDN team has made significant progress. We now fully support 55 devices from three manufacturers, and support an additional 4 devices with some cautions. This diversity of supported equipment enables hams to choose the right gear for a given situation and budget.

Our documentation has been vastly improved. If you haven't seen it recently, please look at the --ONLINE DOCS -- link under the Docs tab on the Main Menu bar. Our documentation is available to download as a PDF so that you can read it offline at your convenience. 

  1. AREDN firmware is now based on the most recent stable version of OpenWRT 18.06.2 released in January 2019. This includes a current version of the Linux kernel. This improvement is significant in that it enables AREDN firmware to benefit from the many bug fixes, security improvements and feature enhancements provided by developers around the world.
     
  2. Current AREDN nightly builds can be loaded onto any supported (or ‘in testing’) Ubiquiti device by using the TFTP method.   If the version of AirOS is v5.5 or lower, then the AirOS Web Interface may be used to load AREDN.   The bootloader provided with AirOS 5.6 and higher will check for official “signed Ubiquiti firmware” before...
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Updated date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 13:08


AREDN Release Notes v3.18.9.0 – 26 September 2018


The AREDN team is pleased to announce the general availability of the latest stable release of AREDN firmware.

This release includes many significant improvements in the underlying OpenWRT code during the last 4 years, from July 2014 to August 2018. It also introduces a major upgrade in OLSR from version 0.6.7 to version 0.9.6.2.

Details of the OpenWRT changes are found at the following links:
OpenWRT 18.6.0 – First Stable Release – July 2018
OpenWRT 18.06.1 Service Release
OpenWRT Version History
 

List of Changes

  1. AREDN firmware is now based on the most recent stable version of OpenWRT 18.06.1 released in August 2018. This includes a current version of the Linux kernel. This improvement is significant in that it enables AREDN firmware to benefit from the many bug fixes, security improvements and feature enhancements provided by developers around the world.

  2. Current AREDN software can be loaded onto any supported (or ‘in testing’) Ubiquiti device by using the TFTP method.   If the version of AirOS is v5.5 or lower, then the AirOS Web Interface may be used to load AREDN.   The bootloader...

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Updated date: Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10:10

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Announcements


Yuma Hamfest 2019


Andre, K6AH, will present an update on the AREDN team's open source software development progress and report on useful tools and techniques to ensure a successful mesh network implementation.  His talk "AREDN Project: New developments in software and successful implementations around the Southwestern Division " will be given on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 11:40 am. Andre will describe new Emcom applications which make the mesh even more usable.

The Yuma Hamfest and ARRL Southwestern Division Convention will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 15 & 16, 2019 at the Yuma County Fairgrounds, 2520 E. 32nd Street, Yuma, AZ 85365. For more information, see the Yuma Hamfest website. For tickets and vendor registrations, see their online registration form


Auxcomm Symposium in Southern New Jersey


On Saturday, February 16, 2019 the Medical Coordination Center (MCC) at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ will be hosting an ARES/RACES/AUXCOMM Symposium for hams in the Southern New Jersey and the Eastern Pennsylvania areas. The MCC is beginning to use AREDN and would like to see the technology adopted more fully in their area. The event runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Presentations in the morning will be given by:

  • Bob Bruninga WB4APR - APRS
  • Joe Everhart N2CX - NVIS HF Field Antennas
  • Cory Sickles WA3UVV - Yaesu System Fusion
  • Randy Smith WU2S - AREDN high-speed multimedia mesh networking

The afternoon will consist of breakout sessions and demonstrations.  
 
Register at EventBrite to attend the Amateur Radio in Public Health & Medical Services (ESF #8) ...

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AREDN at Frostfest 2019

AREDN mesh networkers will be at the Frostfest 2019 in Richmond, VA on Saturday, February 2, 2019. The location is the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23222-2253. This event is the ARRL Roanoke Division Convention, so there will be many League officials on site.

A group led by Damon Schaefer K9CQB will be on hand to demonstrate equipment and answer your questions. Just look for the large AREDN banner at their table. His team plans to populate the booth with several masts bristling with equipment and 2 large monitors, one running an AREDN slideshow and one with a local mesh network for live demonstrations. 

Stop by and say hello!


Standardized NanoStation XM Ethernet port configuration


The NanoStation XM devices now have fully functional ports - both main and secondary.   This capability will be in Dec 3, 2018 nightly build.   The behavior is now same as NanoStation XW devices.   POE Passthough is also functional.   

This new capability means the following usage is significantly simplified to setup.   At local community events when setting up ipCams around a parade route or event area, there can be a station with 2 nodes -- incoming link on one channel/band and outgoing link on another channel/band.  This means many HD video quality signals can go through the station as this relay station does not share the same frequency.

Before:   

2 mesh nodes, 1 ipCam, 1 5-port switch, 4 way power split to all devices, junction box.   Lots of labor and points of failure to build and configure the enclosure and cabling.

After:

2 mesh nodes, 1 ipCam, daisy chain the cat5 cables though these devices, no enclosure.   


Issues to consider when deploying:


1) I've seen a NSM2 XM device...

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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 you...

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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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