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TheBrothersWISP 19 – US MUM 2014, New Gear, Impressions

Published on September 16, 2014, by in Hardware, Mikrotik.

So juuuust after the 2014 US MUM, Greg Sowell, Justin Wilson, Mike Hammett, Tom Smyth, JJ Boyd, and special guests Thomas, Wayne, Gabe, Drew, and Brian join us.

Thomas is a genius engineer/instructor from Slovakia who currently works for RF Elements.

The audio is a little wacky since we recorded from Tom’s phone, but hopefully I’ve cleaned it up enough to be tolerable…if not, suffer in silence 😉

Some of the things discussed:
Mimosa gear
CCR 1072
CCR Status Update
New Gear – FTC media converter, New CRS, cAP, mAP
The Dude
NetXMS monitoring system – Latvian monitoring system
CAPsMAN – centralized management
Mikrotik Partitions

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TheBrothersWISP 18 – GPON, GAON, AirFiber, New Mikrotik, New Ubiquiti, Mimosa

It’s been ages since we’ve gotten together, but we had a pretty good showing. Greg Sowell, Tom Smyth, Justin Miller, Mike Hammet, and JJ Boyd talk shop.

Some of the things discussed:
airFiber/New Ubiquiti Gear
New Mikrotik gear – Thanks for assembling everything Andrew Cox!
New Mimosa gear
Observium monitoring tools
Cacti monitoring tools
A little about IPTV and content rights.

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TheBrothersWISP 17 – MUM Venice, BGP, RIPE, AirFiber5

This one was somewhat spur of the moment, so we didn’t have the whole crew. JJ, Tom Smyth(obviously Irish), and myself(Greg).

Some of the things discussed:
New MTK Gear(CCR109, mAP, CCR1016-12S-1S+, CCR1072, CAPs Manager)

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TheBrothersWISP 16 – Ham Radio, WISP Business Ideas, SDRs

We had the whole crew! JJ, Justin, Andrew, myself(Greg), and a special guest Bryon Jeffers from Missouri. Bryon did radio work for years, and now owns and operates a WISP. He is also heavy into Ham(I prefer bacon).

Some of the things discussed:
School E-Rate Program
JJ’s Software Defined Radio (SDR)
BGP Community Strings
Mikrotik RB260GS switch – SFP port on back
My homemade fiber tester.
Unifi API 1, 2, and 3.
Callmanager express, 6 analog ports, elastix VM on the cheap.
Upcoming Mikrotik MUM

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TheBrothersWISP 15 – New UBNT, Tools, Catching Up

Published on June 27, 2013, by in Mikrotik, Networking, Ubiquiti.

It has been ages since we have casted, so it was obvious that we had a lot to say…over 2 hours worth of stuff to say. We covered a lot of ground, so hang on to your britches. This episode we had Andrew Cox, Justin Wilson, Mike Hammett, and myself Greg Sowell.

Topics include:

  • Thoughts on version 6.1 of Mikrotik ROS
  • Just a little about ISPAmerica
  • Ubiquiti AirVision
  • Ubiquiti Unifi
  • 802.11AC
  • Bitlomat
  • Andrews Terminal Health Script
  • TamoGraph Site Survey
  • Mike is looking at multiple element antennas in the same/different frequencies
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    TheBrothersWISP 14 – Airfiber Installs With Miller

    In this one we have Greg(I have to apologize for my extreme tiredness in this one. I was on the tail end of a looooong sleepless week hehehe), JJ, Justin Wilson, and a new guest Justin Miller. I met Miller at the Vegas MUM and he’s been kicking around with us ever since. He is the brains for the largest WISP in Virginia and he is kind enough to share some of that grey matter with us.

    We talk about:
    Ubiquiti’s AirFiber
    Mikrotik CCR installs
    Sensor Ninja, JJ’s new project.
    Interstate sealed batteries.
    A little bit about Ubiquiti mFi experiences.
    Wilson talks about Bitlomat. New AP/CPE equipment.

    As always, let us know what you guys think!

    Also, I LOVE this freeze frame preview of Miller’s face bwahahahaha…good times.

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    WISP America April 1st Covington, KY

    Published on February 7, 2013, by in Networking.

    Looks like they have a decent lineup scheduled…any of you guys going?


    Antenna Recommendations For Mikrotik

    Published on January 30, 2013, by in Hardware, Mikrotik.

    This is an email conversation between JJ, Greg, Mike, Andrew Cox, Andrew Thrift, Justin, Tom, and others. I thought you guys might find this interesting.

    We have been working on a mast site ( revisiting it since ) our Work on spacing out the Antennas last year,

    I was wondering about your opinions.. on Sectors…

    we have been using Pac wireless ones / Laid ones which seemed to have good range and great noise rejection (front to back)

    we started using Sunparl Dual Polarity sector Antennas. they look impressive all metal enclosure etc… … and had great signal strenghths however compared with Pac wirelsss we have seen other neighbouring sectors at -15 ( as opposed to –45 / -50 on Pac wireless dishes)…

    what I was wondering was what is your experience with sectors… are the UBNT Sectors good ? I have never used them out of prejudice….

    What have you used and what would you recommend ?

    any pointers would be much appreciated…

    PS I love Jirous Dishes (Extreme) for Point to Point Links 🙂


    I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 100+ ubuquiti antennas on towers / poles / cow pastures. I have been very impressed. I love that all of them are dual poll for a minimum amount of money. I love the new titanium sectors better rejection selective beam. Tho only bad thing I can think to say is the non titanium ones have what seems to be rivets around the rp-sma connector that seem to rust pre maturely.

    I would have to say go for it! I think you will be happy… We are.


    I’ve heard that(from JJ I think) for the price the UBNT antennas have the best design. I’ve had good success with them also.


    We use the 120 degree ubnt sectors (5g19 i think) with ubtik enclosures. Mikrotik with ubnt antennas win win I’m my book.


    Jirous looks great. I’d love to try them sometime.

    I used to love MTI sectors, but they’re so damn expensive.


    Thanks for that… I really appreciate.. it…

    I presume you would recommend the RF Armour … as well ?

    I second the ubnt sectors. No firsthand experience with the titaniums yet. I do have experience with the rf armor shields though. Very happy with the ubnt+ rf armor.

    I have a couple Titaniums, but nothing much to offer any insight from. I certainly like the mechanical setup of Titaniums vs. standard + RF Armor.


    We have tried the Laird, Sunparl and UBNT sectors.

    I too really like Sunparls enclosure, but the brackets and lack of protective coating on the pcb let them down. Also we got a fair bit of noise with them.

    The ubnt dual polarity sectors are what we use and recommend. They are good quality and the brackets are really nice.

    All our back hauls are now Jirous, its good to see more people discovering them 🙂


    What say you guys? Drop us a comment!


    TheBrothersWISP 13 – Meet Tom

    In this episode we have Myself(Greg Sowell), Justin Wilson, and special guest Tom Smyth.

    Tom is a trainer/consultant from Ireland. He is, quite frankly, insane. Inspite of, or more likely because of, his insanity he is also a lot of fun. Even though it was 3AM for him he stuck it out and had a LOT of interesting things to say…it would be impossibly to silence him; and with such a beautiful singing voice, why would you want to? hehehe

    Talking about:
    Reverse Path Forwarding
    Tom’s New Orleans MUM presentation “MTK advanced security”
    Tom explains why one would want to separate your sectors.
    Of course we had to talk about the CCR(Cloud Core Router) and yes, Don, we mention you 😉
    Will X86 survive and why.
    Does the CCR need an app store?
    Could we get virtualized appliances (IPS, load balancer)?
    Anyone want to pay for our trip to the European MUM?…if so, drop me a comment hehehe.
    ARIN fees.
    IPV6, why we aren’t pushing for it in the states.

    BTW, Tom and all of that crazyness will be in Dallas from February 3rd through the 9th. If you want to grab a pint, look him up 😉

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    TheBrothersWISP 12 – VoIP And CCR

    Published on November 27, 2012, by in Mikrotik, Ubiquiti.

    This is Justin and Greg just having a quick chat about nothing in particular…just the way I like it 😉

    We talk a little about:
    A little about the AU MUM...I need my ANDREWS!
    MTK cable diagnostics

    Unpainted longboard

    Painted by the kiddos.

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