It’s been a while since I’ve written anything – lots going on, both radio and non-radio related, and I don’t have the time to write as much as I’d like to. So I thought I’d take a few minutes to talk more about Mesh Networking, the AREDN, and operating mobile.
the AREDN Project released to its team of volunteer testers, a new beta-version of its upcoming release, v188.8.131.52. 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:
Over the air, remote firmware upgrades – this allows node owners to upgrade a node’s firmware release without going out to the site. It accomplishes this by saving the node’s configuration settings and automatically reloading them after the upgrade has taken place.
Support for NanoStation M5 with the new XW boards – many have purchased these devices unaware that Ubiquiti made a hardware change to the product which rendered it unusable with AREDN firmware… up until now.
Support for the Rocket M3, NanoStation M3, and NanoBridge M3 – This is our first release supporting devices in the 3.4 GHz ham band. This band has no commercial allocations in the U.S. and as a result should be ultra-quiet. We are excited about breaking into this band and what it could mean for this technology.
In this episode, I will walk you through the process of setting up a new
Ubiquiti Node from scratch, and flashing it with the latest AREDN
firmware. Then we will connect it to another node and look at the
channel options on the firmware itself.
The Dallas Amateur Radio Club recently setup some AREDN MESH nodes in a
local park, for purposes of demonstration of how the network is built,
connects and some applications used. This is one of those events. The
Club does these periodically, so my plan is to record a few of these,
with examples of how MESH Networking works for Amateur Radio
AREDN Project - Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network
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.”
the midst of this work the AREDN Project was kicked off to focus
development on taking this technology to the next level in EMCOMM
This paper  begins with an
introduction to the AREDN Project and mesh networking and concludes with
a roadmap for the Project’s future. It dives into implementation
techniques and aggressive plans to implement across broad portions of
the Southwestern US.