I couldn't think of a better subject for this.
I finally finished my efforts on the use of RMS Express and Telnet WL2K tonight. I had help from Mikes Burton XE2/N6KZB who's retired and lives in Baja, MX. He's done a lot of work with the folks in the aja and San Diego environs in Mesh development. Using Teamviewer, he put some effort in fine tuning my RMS Trimode Gateway as a prelude to putting RMS Express/Telnet into use on my Mesh project.
As of tonight, Thursday 1/2, I now have a working message system with RMS Express on my Mesh. I was able to successfully transfer messages back and forth between two nodes. My Gateway RMS Relay is sitting on my desktop Acer Aspire and the nodes connected with the RMS Relay IP just fine.
I then threw caution to the wind <GRIN> and sent Mike a message from my W6IDS-002 node and it looks like it was sent just fine. The connection and transfer on MY end went as usual. It was sent via Telnet WL2K. Hopefully, Mike will reply back as requested to confirm success.
RMS Relay will pass the traffic from my mesh to Telnet directly through a selected CMS. That is, as long as there is a working internet. Should the Internet crash somewhere that affects MY operation, RMS Relay will handle the message traffic as Radio Only traffic and move it to another RMS Station like mine for entry into the internet and ultimate delivery.
So far as local users are concerned, using RMS Express allows them to have 24/7 local messaging on the Mesh. RMS Express can automagically poll Telnet periodically and retrieve any messages that are pending for the user. That allows the user to be away from his/her station - they don't have to plant themselves at their station to get traffic. That gives me the local Mesh messaging capability I wanted. PLUS, it gives me the ability to provide a secure message path to Winlink outside of my local area.
Now, how this all fits into the REAL Wayne County, IN BBHN Mesh - I don't know. The Mesh doesn't exist yet. The only Mesh in town is in my home <GRIN>. Things are a bit vague on the subject. However, I'm plugging along creating these utilities that I like. They may not be implemented generally, but they're available for use.
Next, I think I need to look into putting up an outside antenna in some fashion so that I can be ready to hit the local hospital where a node may be installed.
BBHN - the "Never Ending Story" and I'm having a ball!