Before following this guide you should already have a node that is flashed with the AREDN firmware. If you do not please see FlashUbiquiti prior to continuing.
|Open your browser and visit http://localnode:8080|
|Success! The AREDN firmware is installed and its web server displays the initial information. We need to complete the initial setup with our call sign and password.|
|Click on the Setup button and the Authentication Required dialog box appears.|
|Enter a User Name of root and a Password or hsmm (case sensitive).|
|The Basic Setup page is displayed.|
|Enter a new Node Name that includes your call sign.
The recommend format is callsign-identifier where identifier is a descriptive name(no spaces) or a series of numbers.
|Enter a new password twice – in the Password and Verify Password boxes. Make sure that you remember the password. Your will need it later for future changes to the node.|
|Set the DISTANCE value to non-zero by using the slider underneath it to set the value to the distance to the farthest node that you expect to communicate with. (located at the bottom of the first column)|
|Select the Save Changes button. This will write the changes to the node and reboot it.|
|Depending on your computer setup you may be redirected to the status screen. In which case you are done, if not continue below.|
|Go to the Network Connections screen on your computer and Right Click on the wired LAN connection and select Disable.|
|Right Click on the wired LAN connection and select Disable.|
|The LAN connection acquires a new IP address from the AREDN node and is now connected.|
|Right Click on the LAN connection and select Status. Then select the Support tab on Windows XP, or DETAILS on Windows 7. We see that the computer’s IP address is now 10.17.240.20 and the AREDN node – the gateway – is 10.17.240.17
Your IP addresses will be different from this example but they will always be on the 10.x.y.z network. Also note that the first three numbers in both the computer and AREDN node are the same (10.17.240 in this example). This is necessary so that the computer and AREDN node can talk to each other.
This is the last time that the AREDN node LAN address will change unless you modify it manually.
|We can logon to the AREDN node by point the browser at http://localnode.local.mesh:8080|
|You can see Basic Setup parameters are displayed. Your installation is complete and the node is ready to use.|
Text and images: WU2S