Thanks BBHN, Hello AREDN!


Just a quick note to say that I did enjoy the short time that I was on the BBHN beta test team last year and early this year (2014-2015).  When I saw the opportunity to implement an easy way to use tunnels with the mesh, I jumped in and built an efficient solution.  Thanks to the other beta team members and other developers (BBHNdev team) for their guidance.  I’m very happy to see that the tunnel add-on is in use widely and bringing mesh islands together!

However, as of early 2015, I have decided to focus my efforts and move over to the AREDN ( project.  All of the active developers from BBHN in 2014 have moved over to the AREDN project, and I am really enjoying how this team “meshes” together.  It is exciting to see the new advancements that we are producing in the area of mesh networks and are committed to keeping AREDN as an open source project that is the leader in the amateur radio microwave space.

AREDN Beta 2

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, 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

In addition, these are ‘clean’ image upgrades that minimize memory usage.  Whenever  ‘patch’ files are used on nodes, this is a memory additive process.  In other words, a replaced file still has old file on the node in addition to the new the file.  These BOTH consume precious system memory.   The OTA upgrade, on the other hand, behaves as if you did a TFTP “clean” image load, but also pulls the config file settings across the upgrade!  It’s a VERY COOL timesaver.

For those of you with tunnels, you will need to go into the Admin interface and click on the “Install Tunnel” button.  However, after a quick install and reboot, all tunnel settings are preserved and no re-entry is needed.  By design, we are not including add-on ‘packages’ like vtun in the OTA.

For the AREDN Team,
Andre, K6AH