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 Subject :meshfest at HacDC.. 2015-02-20- 10:09:15 
wb2ifs
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When: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 @ 7:30 PM

Where: HacDC, St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St NW, Washington, DC

Need help getting started with HSMM-Mesh (http://www.broadband-hamnet.org/)?  Want to find out about applications of HSMM-Mesh? Wanna find out if that old WRT54G router in the back of your closet can be reborn as a High Speed MultiMedia (hsmm-mesh) network node?  Is your hsmm-mesh node lonely with no one to mesh with? (Awwwww) Have an extra node you want to sell/trade?

http://www.meetup.com/hac-dc/events/219270026/

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 Subject :Re:meshfest at HacDC.. 2015-02-20- 10:52:10 
KG6JEI
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Since I see comments only on Linksys hardware, I want to ask if you have all the details regarding the upcoming Linksys End of Support (no new firmware images for Linksys)  date (April 30th) and that there will not be any surprises for anyone just starting to get involved.

http://www.broadband-hamnet.org/index.php?view=article&id=197:linksys-end-of-support


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 Subject :Re:Re:meshfest at HacDC.. 2015-02-23- 07:30:17 
wb2ifs
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I'm aware of the EOS for Linksys/CISCO BBHN FW. I'll also bring the Ubiquiti router that I upgraded. EOS does not necessarily mean EOL for WRT54s. I'm surprised at how many people are still using WRT54s as "starter" devices to play with because they are still relatively cheap and easy to find. I was just involved in a mesh hack session at Anne Arundel Amateur Radio Club in which all of the devices being hacked where WRT54s--with the lone exception of one Ubiquiti M2 airGrid.
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 Subject :Re:Re:Re:meshfest at HacDC.. 2015-02-23- 11:57:33 
WB6TAE
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I think this (WRT54x) is an issue that is just not going to go away, and will, in the long run, actually delay broader implementation of 2.4gHz spectrum usage.  

People seems blinded by the initial cost of acquiring a "vintage" Linksys router. They do not consider the other costs and implications of actually deploying these radios in a network -- Antenna, waterproof box, etc., or the cost, and loss, associated with coax.  Of course there are other issues as well, like limited memory in many models, and much lower output power.

But, all of this has been discussed many times on this board and in meetings, hamfests, etc. Yet, the Linksys products still seem to be the entry level radio of choice for 2.4gHz networking.

I suspect this is, in part, an objection the the current Ubiquiti monopoly on equipment: nobody is comfortable with single-sourcing for any project. Hopefully we will be able to add support for at least one, new vendor in 2015, and maybe another in 2016. Increasing the source pool (along with dropping support for the Linksys products) may be the push that is needed.

My 2¢

Richard - wb6tae



[wb2ifs 2015-02-23- 01:30:17]:

...  I'm surprised at how many people are still using WRT54s as "starter" devices to play with because they are still relatively cheap and easy to find.

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