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BETA TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Beta Test Announcement

 

The Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN™) Project Announces an Important Upcoming Firmware Release

 

On May 28th, the AREDN Project released to its team of volunteer testers, a new beta-version of its upcoming release, v3.15.1.0.  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.
  • Expanded channel support:
    • 2.4 GHz now offers channels -1, and -2 !
    • 3.4 GHz offers 24 new channels from 3.380 to 3.495 GHz.
    • 5.8 GHz now has 52 channels from 5.665 to 5.920 GHz.
  • Support for the TP-Link CPE210 and CPE510 Pharos-series Outdoor Routers – this NanoStation-like device brings hardware-source diversity to AREDN.  No longer are you dependent on Ubiquiti as a sole-source supplier for nodes.
  • Built-in VTUN Tunneling support – You now get tunneling support without having to execute an external script.  You can also now configure both a tunnel server and a tunnel client on the same device!
  • WIFI Scan now includes a list of AREDN/BBHN nodes by callsign and signal strengths (based on the SSID in use).
  • Simple Network Monitoring Protocol (SNMP) now enables an IT network administrator to monitor the health of the mesh.
  • A significant number of fixes and improvements have been included in the upgrade of OpenWRT from Attitude Adjustment (Sept 2012) to the Barrier Breaker (July 2014) release.
  • Various software bug fixes and routing-rule corrections that have been encountered since our last release.

As you can see… there’s a lot to be excited about in this upcoming release.  Huge thanks from the team go out to the beta testers who are currently running devices through their paces.

The beta build is available under Software -> Downloads -> Experimental Builds, however it should not be used in production environments.  Support for this build is currently only being provided to our beta test team.

 

73,

 

Andre, K6AH

Project Manager

The AREDN Team

k6ah@arrl.net

 

 

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