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AREDN highly recommends upgrading to AREDN security release v3.16.1.1
For more information: http://www.aredn.org/content/release-notes-aredn-v31611
 

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Development Code Branch Now Available


Last year AREDN moved away from a formal set of beta test scripts and dedicated testers to a more agile beta general-release model.  Users were eager to get their hands on features they requested months earlier and help us test in preparation for a production release.   While we have been happy with the results, we have noticed that features that take a long time to develop only see the light of day months after development.  We have no easy way to learn from them before beta release.  Today, this is changing.
 
We are going to give anyone who wants it, access to the AREDN development branch builds, which includes the latest features we are developing… even before we are done with them!
 
We have been criticized by some for putting out too many releases.  Our philosophy, which does differ from some other organizations, is very much aligned to the vast majority of open source projects in the industry.  We are completely committed to following this successful model. It is an approach that is more suitable to our nature characterized by: dynamic requirements, a small number of developers, a culture that readily responds to change, and a user community of hams comprised of a highly technical subset who are mature enough to distinguish bleeding-edge from production-ready software.
 
AREDN uses a continuous integration build server (Jenkins)...
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Updated date: Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 12:02


The AREDN™ Project announces its release of version 3.16.1.1 firmware

This release is a security patch release from our previous 3.16.1.0 release. It is recommended to upgrade all AREDN nodes to 3.16.1.1.

OTA Upgrade Note
In a future release tunnels will be required to be disabled prior to upgrades being permitted on a mesh node.
If you are running a tunnel server or client it is recommended the following steps be performed as in the future similar steps will be mandatory.

  1. Disable all tunnel server/client connections
  2. Reboot
  3. Apply the 3.16.1.1 upgrade
  4. Re-install tunnels packages
  5. Enable previously disabled tunnel connection

 
The following changes have been made from our previous, v3.15.1.0, production release:
Notable Security Patches
 

  • SCS-2017-001 – High Severity
    A remote Denial of Service flaw impacting ALL RELEASES of the AREDN/BBHN branded firmware since at least version 0.4.3. Immediate upgrade to 3.16.1.1 (or newer) is recommended to ensure stability of the mesh nodes.
  • SCS-2016-005 – Low Severity
    A number of low severity flaw in dropbear (the ssh server) were reported to AREDN. While these flaws were in 3.16.1.0 they could not be exploited in a default installation as the features were not utilized (CVE-2016-7406,...
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Updated date: Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 22:07

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Hamvention 2017 Mesh Network Forum

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Forum Room 2 at 1:30 pm


Moderator:  Bill Curtice, WA8APB, Miami Valley Mesh Alliance (MVMA)

Hams around the world are now building radio-based high speed digital mesh networks across their cities using microwave technologies and low cost commercial hardware adapted for Amateur Radio use.  Mesh provides flexible, high speed wireless communications that can be adapted to varying terrain types, can be rapidly deployed, are fun to build and use, and are particularly well suited to the EmComm needs of many served agencies. 

The MVMA is delighted to host Andre Hansen, K6AH, of the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) Project, speaking on how to build an effective AuxComm, high-speed data network based on Ubiquiti airMAX products and the AREDN Project’s firmware.

Andre will describe a 3-tiered architecture---using illustrations of actual installations---where AREDN implementers in San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles Counties have combined to cover over 16,000 square miles with a potential of supporting Incident Command...

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​Hamvention 2017


The AREDN Project and the Miami Valley Mesh Alliance will have a large presence at Hamvention 2017. We will be in booth 1001 in Building 1 at the Greene County Fairgrounds near Xenia, Ohio. The dates are May 19, 20 and 21, 2017.

We are planning to conduct several demonstrations and answer all your questions about how mesh networking can aid your local emergency response agencies. In the AREDN Forum under General Discussion we have a thread to collect your suggestions for what you would like to see demonstrated.

In Forum room 2 on Saturday, May 20th, from 1:30 to 2:30, Andre, K6AH, will deliver a brief intro to AREDN mesh networking and discuss a simple, yet successful implementation technique that has been used to provide coverage throughout 5 counties---over 16,000 square miles---of Southern California; standing ready to serve the disaster services needs of over 18 million people.  The deployed ham in this scenario delivers these services with an investment in gear, over and above an existing VHF go-kit, of well under $100.

This presentation will show you how you may be able to do this in your...

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Request for Testers for Ubiquiti XW Issues

 

Our need for XW testers is over. Thanks to the dedicated hams who volunteered to help tackle these thorny issues, we have completed most of the solution testing deemed sufficient to give us confidence in the applied fixes. There is still a bit of additional work to do before we announce a new stable release.

​We still need supporting information from our testers to be entered in the Bloodhound bug reporting system so that we can complete the verification. If you have tested the XW fixes, and have not yet updated the Bloodhound tickets with your reports, logs and data files, please do so as soon as possible.

 

The Development Team is currently focused on troubleshooting the Ubiquiti XW issue.  We believe there are likely multiple defects across multiple products which has made this a challenging exercise.

We are looking for testers willing to step out on the edge for us to confirm the existence of these problems across our supported Ubiquiti devices. 

Test Setup

You will want to have two devices in...

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West Central Florida TechCon 2017

 

The AREDN team will be present at the 3rd annual West Central Florida TechCon in Sarasota, FL on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Randy Smith, WU2S will present an overview of AREDN mesh networking at 11:00 am in the Sarasota County Red Cross headquarters building. Randy will describe how a high-speed data can support your emergency communications. He will cover how to plan a network, what equipment to buy, how to get setup and why you should consider putting AREDN at the center of emergency prepAREDNess.

More information about the location, schedule, presentations, accommodations and restaurants can be found on the West Central Florida section website.


Yuma Hamfest 2017


Andre K6AH from the AREDN team will conduct a seminar on Saturday, February 18  at 10:20  on the effort to federate independent AREDN networks across California.

Conrad KG6JEI from the AREDN team and his friends of the Amateur Radio Tower Trailer Team will also be present. Mesh will again be apart of the demo operations planned from the trailer station so please feel free to come by and talk a bit about MESH or anything else Amateur Radio.

New mesh additions this year:

  • Local Access point: an open WiFi network will be made available to connect into. This is a method used by local EOC's deployments to bring the non-ham's onto the network. Browse the services at your convenience
  • Digtial/MESH ATV: A PTZ Camera similar to the ones used at many sites here in SOCAL
  • Additional "service" demo's

Out of respect for the balloon launch which is scheduled to be carrying an AREDN payload on channel -2, our local mesh operations will likely be on channel 1 with an SSID of AREDN-20-v3. Stop by the trailer for more details of coordinated frequency usage on site.

The AREDN...

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​AREDN at Orlando Hamcation 2017

 

Sorry, but our presentation at Hamcation is canceled.

Well, actually the Thursday flight to Orlando got canceled due to the imminent snow storm and the first available seat was on a Saturday evening flight! However, if you are in the Sarasota area on February 25, Randy will be presenting at the ARRL West Central Florida section TECHCON located in the Sarasota County Red Cross headquarters.


The AREDN team will be present at the Orlando Hamcation 2017 on February 10 - 12, 2017. Randy Smith, WU2S will present an overview of AREDN mesh networking in the Lakeside pavilion on Saturday February 11 at 10:00 am. 

More information about tickets, travel, accommodations and forums can be found on the Hamcation website.

 

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