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CQ Magazine Article - Mesh Networking and AREDN

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 17:03


CQ Magazine Article - Mesh Networking and AREDN


Don Rotolo, N2IRZ wrote an article, published in the January 2017 edition of CQ Magazine, updating readers on the world of mesh networking.

​We present the full article here, which was reprinted with permission from the January 2017 issue of CQ magazine, copyright CQ Communications, Inc.
 



Development Code Branch Now Available

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 12:02

 

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!
 



Release Notes for AREDN v3.16.1.1

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 22:07


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
 



Release Notes for v3.16.1.0b02

Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 19:25

 

The AREDN Project Announces the Release of its Beta Test v3.16.1.0b02

This is the second beta release of the anticipated v3.16.1.0 which focuses on improving data rates and node manageability.  The following changes have been made from our previous beta v3.16.1.0b01 release:

 



HTML Map Contest

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 11:58

 

HTML Map Contest


Hi AREDN Meshers!

The AREDN Team is looking for a few good men (and ladies)!  The new mapping feature that is in 3.16.1.0 needs your help.
As some of you have seen, we have a good, workable KML map file.  We would like to hold a contest to use that KML to create the best HTML based map that we can host on the www.aredn.org website.

CHALLENGE:
To create an HTML embedded map that utilizes the AREDN kml files that can be hosted on www.aredn.org.

SKILLS REQUIRED:
Front-end web development: Javascript, CSS, etc.

AREDN PROVIDED SERVICES/FILES:



The AREDN Project Announces the Release of its Beta Test v3.16.1.0b01

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 20:05

 

The AREDN Project Announces the Release of its Beta Test v3.16.1.0b01

This release focuses on improving data rates and node manageability. The following changes have been made from our previous, v3.15.1.0, production release:



AREDN Release 3.15.1.0

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 14:36

 



Beta 4 Announcement

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 12:53

 

AREDN Announces Release of Fourth Beta 3.15.1.0b4

The following fixes/enhancements are found in the v3.15.1.0b4 release:



New Paper on AREDN Published by TAPR

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 15:50

 

New Paper on AREDN Published by TAPR

The Proceedings of the 2015 Digital Communications Conference include a paper, The AREDN Project by Andre Hansen, K6AH, which introduces AREDN, describes implementation techniques and concludes with a roadmap for the future.

Abstract

Mesh technology has been around for ten years or more. Over the past two years a team of developers has advanced the art by porting Broadband‐Hamnet’s extremely popular mesh firmware to the Ubiquiti airMAX line of commercial Wireless ISP routers and expanded its utility across a wide range of microwave bands. This has literally changed the complexion of mesh technology from an experimental, hobby‐oriented, novelty into a viable alternative network suitable for restoring some degree of Inter/intra‐net connectivity “when all else fails.”



AREDN Team Receives ARRL Award

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 21:18

 

AREDN Team Receives ARRL 2014 Microwave Development Award

Members of the AREDN Project accept  the 2014 ARRL Microwave Development Award for the microwave mesh networking advancements they achieved as the development arm of Broadband-Hamnet™ in 2014. Dick Norton, N6AA, Director-ARRL Southwestern Division, presented the award at the ARRL 2015 Southwest Division Convention's evening banquet.

From left to right: Randy Smith, WU2S; Conrad Lara, KG6JEI; Andre Hansen, K6AH; and Joe Ayers, AE6XE (not pictured: Darryl Quinn, K5DLQ and Gordon Beattie, W2TTT).

 

 

AREDN Team Receives ARRL Microwave Development Award 2014



BETA 2 ANNOUNCEMENT

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 09:57

 

AREDN Announces Release of Second Beta, v3.15.1.0b2

 
On July 3rd the AREDN Project posted a second beta release of its upcoming v3.15.1.0 software.  It can be found through the Experimental Builds link on the Software Downloads page.  While you are encouraged to download it and report any issues, direct support for this release is currently only provided to AREDN Beta Testers.  Due to the potentially unstable nature of beta software, it should not be deployed in production networks.

If you are already on 3.15.1.0b01, then you can easily use the OTA (Over the Air) "keep settings" upgrade!  Joe (AE6XE) did his first 5+mile remote-over-RF upgrade and saved an afternoon and a long uphill hike (This was on a Ubiquiti 3Ghz node).  We've had some great feedback on the "part 97 only" channels where they have significantly improved link quality results



BETA TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 02:06

 

Beta Test Announcement

 

The Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN™) Project Announces an Important Upcoming Firmware Release

 

On May 28th, the AREDN Project released to its team of volunteer testers, a new beta-version of its upcoming release, v3.15.1.0.  This is the most significant and important release since this development team introduced support for the Ubiquiti AirMax line of hardware back in 2013.

Here is a list of some of the new features:



Announcing AREDN™ - The Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 17:31

 

AREDN™ - The Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network

Mesh technology has evolved over the years.  Most notably, Broadband-Hamnet™ (BBHN) has made substantial progress over the past 2 years in expanding their unique approach to environmentally robust, commercially available, Ubiquiti, hardware.  This has changed the complexion of mesh implementations from an experimental, hobby-oriented, novelty into a viable alternative network suitable for restoring some level of Inter/intra-net connectivity when “all else fails.”

Recently, the developers of BBHN software have kicked-off a new project focused on taking this technology to the next level.  Comprised of the project manager, developers, and several of the testers who brought BBHN to Ubiquiti hardware, this team is geared to pick up where BBHN left-off.

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