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TheBrothersWISP 11 – Wispapalooza / UWC 2012

Published on October 26, 2012, by in Mikrotik, Ubiquiti.

Justin, JJ and Greg talk about Justin’s trip to Wispapalooza and the Ubiquiti World Conference 2012. Andrewwww we miiiiissssss yyyyyooouuuuuu πŸ˜‰

The glorious links!!!!
Ubiquiti World Conference
ArcWireless new CPE and APs

Some of the topics touched are:
Nanobridge HP
Justin is a celebrity πŸ™‚
Fast roaming on APs
UniFi V2
Airvision V2

Here’s the video:(if you don’t see it, hit refresh)

Since Mike Hammet was doing who knows what, here are his notes from the show:

Texas de Brazil was delicious, though Justin had a better time than the rest of us. :-p

I wish in addition to (or instead of) the airGateway, I would like to see a Power-APN with PoE out.

UniFi is version 3, not 2.

Damn, feeling like crap sure had me missing a lot! This is the first I heard of the Cambium STB. More info?



I suspect the ArcWireless stuff is based on Atheros chipsets just as AirMax and NV2.

I am really excited about the new Trango platform. Not only is it in 60 MHz vs. the 100 MHz of AirFiber, but it also only uses one polarity vs. two. It also has built in aggregation, so you can combine two links with just a single Ethernet down the tower.

Justin received a Knights of the Black Tie Award

Sub10 has some really cool 60 and 70\80 GHz products. I expect to see a 10 gigabit radio in 70\80 in 2 years. The 60 GHz radios can be physically clustered in a set of 4, pointing in any one direction. Due to FSL, one can colocate 15 to 30 radios on a given structure.

WLANMall was showing off a video surveillance system (I forget the name) that was really impressive. I could go on and on about all the cool stuff it can do, but to sum it up, it’s relatively cheap, it seems to scale well (Clark County, NV schools have 5k cameras on it), it can use your cell phone’s camera.

PureWave’s 6×6 MIMO achieves great foliage penetration. 3650 models surpass the penetration of 900 MHz. I suspect 2.5 GHz operators running the gear may meet the penetration abilities of TVWS, only in a stable regulatory environment and actually have some bandwidth to work with.

Looking forward to additional space that may be coming at 3.6 GHz and in 5 GHz.

Hey, some of us have “SANs” and virtual environments. Other stuff I was talking to other WISPs about: Nexenta SAN, VMWare Service Provider Program

One of the vendors was shooting commercials for a “Backhaul Heros” promotion.

They’re hung up on Vegas for the fall show because Vegas is the cheapest place in the country with ready airport access to have a conference.


TheBrothersWISP 10 – Mikrotik MUM 2012

Published on October 1, 2012, by in Mikrotik.

JJ, Justin and myself talk about:
– Additional MUM info on the CCR:
– – Winbox and config
– – ROS V6 info related to CCR
New hardware RB2011UAS-RM, RB2011UAS-2HnD-IN, 2.4Ghz Metal AP/CPE, 2.4Ghz miniPCI, and SXT G-5HnD:
Greg’s list
Justin’s list
ROS V6 notes:
Greg’s list
Justin’s list
Greg’s Multi-homed BGP presentation
Justin’s Cookie Cutter WISP presentation
Some of my random pics of the show.
Hot Lava NICs
Presentation list is here
And thank you to the lovely Mike Hammett for closing us out…hehehe

Two phones, one for each of ya.

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TheBrothersWISP Podcast 9 – Rick Harnish(WISPA) and Towers Pt1

Published on September 19, 2012, by in Uncategorized.

JJ, Justin and Greg speak this week. We also have Rick Harnish of WISPA talk to us about what WISPA is as well as upcoming events:WISPAPALOOZA in Vegas.

We also started the first part of our tower series. In the first part we speak about:
Safety equipment
-what are your favorite brands
DBI SALA – exofit harness
-what gear is a necessity
RF protection
-why does Justin wear such stank old nikes?

-what are your favorites
-what do you consider a necessity to keep on you
–Knife, Justin’s Boker
Leatherman Wave, though I carry the old style with a real screwdriver on it. I don’t like the bit style.
-ropes & pullies

-ground to tower?
-ground at base?
-Lightning suppression

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TheBrothersWISP Podcast 8 – Andrew Thrift, MPLS, MTK Newsletter 41

Published on August 29, 2012, by in Hardware, Mikrotik, Ubiquiti.

This go around we have Greg, Andrew Cox, JJ Boyd, and surprise guest Andrew Thrift.

Thrift is our pal from New Zealand. He is a network engineer with a wide range of experiences, though we only really grilled him about his MPLS experience with Mikrotik and about where he buys his hair products. BTW when Andrew talks about carting he is talking about racing go-carts!

We talk about:
– My initial thoughts on MTK MPLS
– We also speak about VPLS a layer 2 tunneling option.
Hardware in the MTK 41 newsletter: RB2011UAS-2HnD, RB44Ge, and RB2011L-RM. My thoughts.
Aircontrol2 beta video.
Aircontrol2 wiki.
Speculation on Dude V2.
JJ talks about tower Ice Bridges.
JJ also shares with us his love for the beaglebone.

Here’s the video:(if you don’t see it, hit refresh)


TheBrothersWISP Podcast 7 – Airfiber – Latvian Mikrotik Videos – Mikrotik Basics

Published on August 15, 2012, by in Mikrotik, Ubiquiti.

Andrew was out sick for this one so it was just JJ, Justin and Greg. We tried out google huddle this go around and I have to say it was a success πŸ™‚

We talked about:
JJ read the airfiber manual…why would any self respecting man read a manual?
We talk briefly about the Latvian TV interview with the Mikrotik CTO.
The new Mikrotik 951 marketing video.
We spoke about the firewall script I put up.
We spoke breifly about OSPF NBMA.
Here’s my rubber-band gun πŸ˜‰

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TheBrothersWISP Podcast 6 – Toughswitch mFi RB2011LS-IN

Published on July 9, 2012, by in Hardware, Mikrotik, Ubiquiti.

We have the whole crew on deck again.

We talk mostly about hardware in this one including:


Ubiquiti mFi
My ramblings about mFi

Mikrotik RB2011LS-IN
My ramblings
Andrew digging up some hardware info on Mikrotik 10Gb
Google glass (Glasses we were talking about with skydivers)

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6-7-12 Podcast – Future Proof Your WISP and Fiber Terminations

Published on June 11, 2012, by in Mikrotik, Ubiquiti.

This week we have Andrew, JJ, Justin and myself(Greg) on the call! Brothers Unite!

We are talking about future proofing your WISP.

  • What equipment we choose
  • Why we choose it
  • Techniques we employ
    We speak about fiber optic cable.

  • How we terminate
  • Where we use it
  • why we use it
    We also give a war story or two. Everyone messes up, so enjoy listening to us talk about how we’ve embarrassed ourselves. All hail king JJ with his fail stories…at least he told us his worse, the rest of us were holding back(or was that just me…hehehe).

    The HotLava NICs JJ was talking about can be found here.
    Here’s some pics of when a backhoe meets your fiber.
    My homemade fiber tester.
    My video of doing a mechanical splice. This kit can be demo’d by your local Corning rep.
    SixNet switches mentioned.

    Here’s the video:(if you don’t see it, hit refresh)


    5-29-12 Podcast – Monitoring and Backup

    Published on May 31, 2012, by in Mikrotik, Monitoring, Ubiquiti.

    This episode has Andrew Cox, Justin Wilson and Myself(Greg Sowell). JJ was celebrating his 8th anniversary so was unavailable…obviously he has his priorities out of order.

    We discuss what we use to monitor our equipment, what we use to backup and thoughts on training.

    My favorite method to use cacti, which is CactiEZ.(Download link in top right)
    My cacti tutorials
    The Dude

    My Mikrotik backup program for windows.
    MTK wiki on config management.

    Andrew fetching his plane from a tree

    OMG Buc-ee’s!!!!

    Here’s the video:(if you don’t see it, hit refresh)


    5-22-12 Podcast – WISP Security

    Published on May 24, 2012, by in Hardware, Mikrotik, Ubiquiti.

    This episode has JJ Boyd, Justin Wilson and Myself(Greg Sowell). Andrew was unfortunately grabbing some much needed sleep.

    We talk loosely about WISP security, bonding multiple connections across the internet, and Ubiquiti open lower frequency channels.

    Talking points for the security section:
    Securing border router
    + Router itself
    + β€’ Disable unused services. Lock down administrative access. Put reflexive rules in place.
    + Access to publicly addressed assets inside
    + β€’ Block external admin access. Put reflexive rules in place.

    Securing towers
    + Protect from clients
    + β€’ Towers should already be protected from outside access. Disable unused services. Lock down administrative access. Prevent clients from communication through tower.
    + β€’ Encrypt backhauls. Potential impact to Aps should be pretty low.

    Securing clients
    + Protect from clients.
    + β€’ Disable unused services. Lock down administrative access.
    + β€’ Encrypt to clients. Why not?

    Securing administrative machines
    + Protect dude server
    + β€’ Don’t install on local machine. Keep it secured on a machine you don’t surf the web from.
    + Protect admin machines
    + β€’ Attempt to keep your work machine as clean as possible. Don’t be the source of the problem.

    GregSowell training video on security.
    Justin’s thoughts on encryption.
    CIDR blocks by country.
    Program to convert CIDR blocks to firewall entries for Mikrotik.
    Client isolation(found in this document).
    Ubiquiti 5Ghz UNII-2 FCC Approval!
    Speedtest mini

    Here’s the video:(if you don’t see it, hit refresh)


    Podcast 3-27-12 – Airmax Conference Chicago

    Published on March 31, 2012, by in Hardware, Ubiquiti.

    This one has the whole brain trust: Andrew, Greg, JJ and Justin.

    Justin and JJ went to the Airmax conference in Chicago and they tell us about what they saw:

    We were trying a new application called VodBurner and I had LOTS of trouble with it. It would work a little, then wouldn’t…lots of crashes. In the end it dropped the video from JJ and Justin…sorry guys.

    As always, let us know about any questions, comments or topics you want to hear about.