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 (www.aredn.org) 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 Announces Release of Second Beta, v220.127.116.11b2
On July 3rd the AREDN Project posted a second beta release of its upcoming v18.104.22.168 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 22.214.171.124b01, 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,
The Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network
San Diego, CA: Mesh technology has evolved over the years. Most notably, BBHN (formerly HSMM-MESH) developers have expanded their unique mesh 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.”
This weekend, the developers of BBHN software kick-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 leaves off.
The AREDN (“r-den”) Project mission is to provide the Amateur Radio Community with a quality solution for supporting the needs of high speed data in the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications field.
We invite you to download and adopt the AREDN Release 3.0.2 and give us the opportunity to support your EMCOMM mesh implementation. http://www.aredn.org
See us at the Palm Springs Hamfest this Saturday, 3/14, at 11:30 AM, Forum A, for our kick-off presentation.
The AREDN team (formerly BBHNDev) has also released an optional feature to support internet tunnels between mesh nodes!
See the announcement here and the instructions to install
* AREDN v3.0.2 firmware (or BBHN v3.0.1 or higher) is required
* Ubiquiti or Linksys hardware with 8MB ram is required.