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AREDN highly recommends upgrading to AREDN security release v3.20.3.0
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​AREDN Project Announces Strategic Changes

AREDN forms a non-profit corporation to ensure continuity

The project saw the need for more formal governance and as a result, took the strategic step of organizing as a non-profit corporation.  This will help protect the user-community investments in mesh networking by setting up the framework for long-term resource management, research, and development. 

Our mission is still focused on providing the Amateur Radio Community with software, education, and support to enable them to aid public safety, emergency response and disaster relief agencies with high-speed multimedia data networks.

Continuing to rely on the financial support of a few individuals is not a sustainable means of supporting the project. Without more widespread support, the community’s growing investment in network equipment and relationships with served agencies is at risk. We expect to obtain contributions primarily from the ham community. We plan to use these funds to cover operating expenses such as web site hosting, setup a test and validation lab, obtain associated test equipment, and address the costs of promoting the project through various marketing channels. We plan to consider grants to fund worthy implementations of AREDN infrastructure as our resources may allow.

​AREDN code repositories on GitHub

All AREDN source code has...

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Updated date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 17:28


AREDN code repositories on GitHub

The AREDN source code repositories are now accessible on GitHub at https://GitHub.com/aredn/aredn_ar71xx .   GitHub is one of the largest open source hosting services with over 40 million users.   Anyone with basic knowledge of Linux and git can now compile AREDN images and contribute changes.   If you have a background in application or firmware development, the hurdle to get started and contribute to the ham community is now much lower.

GitHub also includes an issue tracking feature to capture feature requests, bug reports, and other issues.  This immediately replaces our former defect tracking tool (Bloodhound).
 

​AREDN GitHub Activity

The GitHub setup is intended to jump AREDN forward to stay current, and benefiting from, the 1000+ developers of Linux and OpenWrt releasing a steady stream of advancements and fixes.    AREDN is now based on this stream.  By staying current, our community is able to focus on those features unique to the ham community.

The OpenWrt group produces a major release each year followed by 3 or 4 point releases in successive months.   The latest release candidate was published in June 2018 with a final release targeted in July. 

New Devices in AREDN GitHub

TP-Link is now shipping v2.0 of the CPE210 and CPE510 devices.  These...

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Updated date: Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 23:31

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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.

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Ham Radio 2.0 Interviews AREDN Developers

Jason KC5HWB continues to produce a great series of ham radio videos on YouTube. In Episode 159, Jason interviews Joe AE6XE and Darryl K5DLQ from the AREDN development team. They describe the many improvements in the latest AREDN release version 3.18.9.0 and talk about the development process. They discuss the expanded list of supported devices which now includes the newer Ubiquiti AIrMax models and several units from Mikrotik.Joe and Darryl tell the viewers about our plans to provide a Raspberry Pi firmware installer which is being developed by K6RUN. 

Subscribe to Jason's YouTube channel and visit his website HamRadio2.0 Live from the Hamshack.


Installation Instructions for Mikrotik Devices


Download the Mikrotik .bin and the .elf file from downloads.arednmesh.org location:

  •  elf  :  this is the image to boot the mikrotik device with.  It only uses RAM on the device (which is lost with a power cycle and still boots with Mikrotik OS)
  • .bin :  once the device is booted with the .elf image and running,  copy this up to /tmp and type a command that will update the flash with AREDN, so it then boots AREDN on a power cycle.
 
The procedure is very different and it is the opposite of a Ubiquiti installation.  Opposite in that with Ubiquiti, the device is a tftp server and the tftp client is run on the laptop to send up the image.  With Mikrotik, the device is a tftp client and the laptop has to be configured to run a tftp server (also dhcp and bootp server)  on a linux or windows machine.    This is all done by a program called dnsmasq (it has all 3 servers).  
 

Linux procedure:

 
  1. Create a directory on your laptop /tftp ...
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​HamRadioNow Interviews AREDN


David W0DHG and Darren AJ6BL interviewed Randy WU2S about the AREDN project.The 90 minute discussion covered the AREDN mission, examples of real-world deployments, how to get started and much more.
See HamRadioNow Episode #141 on YouTube or on the HamRadioNow website.
Please consider subscribing to the YouTube channel and watching all the informative episodes produced by this great team.


Tennessee Public Safety Interoperability Exercise and Conference August 13-16

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), the Tennessee Advanced Communications Network (TACN), United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), and the Tennessee National Guard are sponsoring the Tennessee Public Safety Interoperability Exercise / Vital Connections 2018 August 13-16, 2018 at the 117th Regimental Training Institute, Building 500, 7th Avenue, Smyrna, TN 37167 

Local AREDN mesh networkers will be present at the upcoming event. This event will host a wide variety of Public Safety and Amateur Radio Communications Support partners. There will be demonstrations of the many features that an AREDN MESH has to offer.  Contact Tom K1KY directly for more information.

For additional information see https://community.apan.org/wg/tnpsie/
 


​AREDN Offline Map Submit Tool Updated

 

Darryl K5DLQ developed a command line tool that allows operators to submit nodes to the AREDN map without requiring the node itself to have internet access (direct or via Mesh Gateway).
It has been updated so that OMS.exe version 0.9 updated to point to arednmesh.org
This application runs on Windows.

To use it:

  1. Downloads the AREDN Offline Map Submit (OMS) tool from here:  http://bit.ly/arednomstool
  2. Extract the contents of the zip file to a folder on your PC (no installation required)
  3. Ensure that your PC is connected to a node as a LAN device.
  4. Ensure that the node is connected to a VLAN capable switch that is configured with VLAN1 (WAN) access to the internet.  (OR, use an AirRouter that is connected to the internet)
  5. Open a command prompt in Windows
  6. Run the following command from the folder that you extracted the OMS tool into:    oms.exe
  7. OPTIONALLY: you can run:   oms.exe -preview      (This will show you which nodes would submit their data WITHOUT actually sending it to the...
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