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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)

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


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
    + • Disable unused services. Lock down administrative access. Put reflexive rules in place.
    + Access to publicly addressed assets inside
    + • Block external admin access. Put reflexive rules in place.

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

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

    Securing administrative machines
    + Protect dude server
    + • Don’t install on local machine. Keep it secured on a machine you don’t surf the web from.
    + Protect admin machines
    + • 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.


    Podcast 3-22-2012 – Mikrotik PL MUM Hardware

    Published on March 26, 2012, by in Hardware, Mikrotik.

    Andrew and Greg talk about:

    We would most likely have had more participation but everyone was out of town at a conference and they are all now dead to me.

    Greg’s blog post on the CCR.
    Andrew’s blog post on the CCR.

    This was the maiden flight so it is a little rough, but it will get cleaner as time progresses…fear not 😉