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by MacLean
Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Draytek Vigor 130 DSL modem - any alternatives for VDSL and PPPoA passthrough?
Replies: 0
Views: 829

Draytek Vigor 130 DSL modem - any alternatives for VDSL and PPPoA passthrough?

I've spent Thursday, Friday and most of this morning on the phone looking for a Draytek Vigor 130 VDSL modem. We recently upgraded our speed in rural Oregon...CenturyLink ran fiber to our neighborhood DSLAM...and no mention was made that they were going to be using VDSL. So my two year old Vigor 120...
by MacLean
Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Draytec Vigor 120 and PPPOE
Replies: 1
Views: 1746

Draytec Vigor 120 and PPPOE

After reading the forums I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase a Draytec Vigor 120 DSL modem. I want the PPPOE client on the RB2011 so I can port forward from the ISP's IP address and so I don't have two traverse two NATs. No issues getting the DSL portion working - set the VCI to 32 (Ce...
by MacLean
Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: RouterBoard as Barcode scanner
Replies: 6
Views: 2046

Re: RouterBoard as Barcode scanner

So I'm assuming you'd hook up the bar code scanner to either the USB port or the serial port. Someone would need to write a driver. Someone would need to write a module that either encapsulated the data into TCP and sent it to a destination address...and again someone would have to write another pro...
by MacLean
Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:17 am
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: How to setup a point to point connection with Groove 2hn
Replies: 1
Views: 754

Re: How to setup a point to point connection with Groove 2hn

Why don't you start at the beginning an let us know what you're trying to accomplish? I get the impression you are trying to set up a point to point link between two networks? Do the networks have different subnets - IP addresses? Distance? What antennas are you planning on using? What are you using...
by MacLean
Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:10 am
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: Really SLOW wireless
Replies: 20
Views: 3396

Re: Really SLOW wireless

Yup - that helps.

Try changing your channel width to just 20 MHz.

You've got a good signal to the AP - interesting that the TX rate is only 11 Mbps.

-Mac
by MacLean
Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:02 am
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: Faulty RB1100AHx2?
Replies: 5
Views: 2875

Re: Faulty RB1100AHx2?

Also check your power source...if you're using PoE make sure you've checked (or just replace) the cable.

I'd say most strange Mikrotik problems come down to power issues.

And like the above poster said...Netinstall...

-Mac
by MacLean
Sat Mar 30, 2013 4:57 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Some questions about mikrotik sxt/sextant
Replies: 4
Views: 1030

Re: Some questions about mikrotik sxt/sextant

From the looks of your IP addressing I would imagine your subnetting is going to be your biggest limitation - not RAM or processing power.

I've seen 4 series Mikrotiks handle up to 80 hotspot users with an external RADIUS server with no issues.

-Mac
by MacLean
Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: Newbie Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 853

Re: Newbie Questions

Actually you don't need a Routerboard to run RouterOS. You can run it on regular PC hardware. http://www.mikrotik.com/pdf/what_is_routeros.pdf Page 16 of that PDF explains the different levels of ROS you can purchase. Many of the routerboards come with certain levels of licenses. In terms of model n...
by MacLean
Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: Really SLOW wireless
Replies: 20
Views: 3396

Re: Really SLOW wireless

Couple of things...first, since you upgraded the ROS you probably need to upgrade the firmware. Open a terminal window. Type in system routerboard print. If the numbers don't match then type in system routerboard upgrade and reboot (system reboot). Second - open WinBox, log into your router and open...
by MacLean
Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: USA mt Consultant
Replies: 5
Views: 890

Re: USA mt Consultant

Jojo-

I work with JPI Worldwide based in Clarkston, Washington. We're a US small business with an international presence. We have a strong Mikrotik wireless background and a lot of experience with routing.

You can reach us anytime at +1(509)2103024 or at jpiworldwide.com.

Thanks!
Mac
by MacLean
Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: rb750g acting strange.
Replies: 2
Views: 435

Re: rb750g acting strange.

Did you upgrade the firmware?

From a terminal prompt -

system routerboard print

Two numbers should match.

If not -
system routerboard upgrade

And reboot (system reboot).

-Mac
by MacLean
Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:57 pm
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: how to earth a SXT or Groove?
Replies: 8
Views: 3149

Re: how to earth a SXT or Groove?

This should answer most questions...it was posted under general and stickied... http://forum.mikrotik.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=66889 As for the old style loop I just put an alligator clip on the end of the ground wire and called it good. Always dab some silicone on it if you're worried about it slipp...
by MacLean
Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:40 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Can connect 3 APs in Nstrem or NV?
Replies: 3
Views: 761

Re: Can connect 3 APs in Nstrem or NV?

So under the WDS tab do you have Dynamic and the Bridge selected?

-Mac
by MacLean
Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:38 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: RB433 wireless problem,losing connection
Replies: 2
Views: 1168

Re: RB433 wireless problem,losing connection

Post some screen shots of the registration page - lets see what kind of signals all your devices are getting.

-Mac
by MacLean
Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Multiple RB433 deployment questions
Replies: 3
Views: 771

Re: Multiple RB433 deployment questions

Personally I think you'd be better off using RADIUS and not using WPA2. If it's a university you probably already have e-mail accounts or some existing IT infrastructure that could easily be extended to provide a seamless experience. You might want to go further and have devices registered by MAC ad...
by MacLean
Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: AP - Bridge Flooding Issue
Replies: 3
Views: 786

Re: AP - Bridge Flooding Issue

Upgrade the RouterOS. Lots of NV2 issues fixed since 5.8.

-Mac
by MacLean
Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:53 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Wi-fi network solition Plz..
Replies: 3
Views: 885

Re: Wi-fi network solition Plz..

We'll need more information to really help. A rough map and an idea of scale will help. As a rule of thumb you might be able to broadcast a wifi signal 360 degrees quite a long distance...but the issue is the clients. Smaller devices - which we're trending more and more towards - like cell phones an...
by MacLean
Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:46 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Wireless client (smartphones) maximum outdoor range?
Replies: 9
Views: 2381

Re: Wireless client (smartphones) maximum outdoor range?

If you're worried about having 30 meter tall towers for APs I wouldn't worry about it. Personally I think you could incorporate the APs into the existing signage - 6' to 8' high omnis between the greens and tees. Backhaul would need a little height, though - to get LOS. Pretty sure you'll find a lig...
by MacLean
Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: RB751U-2HnD cannot set frequency
Replies: 2
Views: 803

Re: RB751U-2HnD cannot set frequency

What country do you have it set too? Possibly the country setting is restricting channels?

-Mac
by MacLean
Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:21 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Omni antenna - horizontal or vertical polarization?
Replies: 4
Views: 2607

Omni antenna - horizontal or vertical polarization?

Ok - this is a stupid question but I need a straight answer. If you take an omni antenna and mount it horizontally instead of vertically does that change the polarization? Short of all the obvious stuff about the sphere of coverage being wacked...

-Mac
by MacLean
Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Interplanetary Microwave Shots...
Replies: 2
Views: 808

Interplanetary Microwave Shots...

http://www.dailytech.com/NASA+Plans+Hac ... e30102.htm

Good discussion topic...how far do you think we can shoot a microwave link in space with off the shelf hardware from Mikrotik?

-Mac
by MacLean
Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:42 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Wireless client (smartphones) maximum outdoor range?
Replies: 9
Views: 2381

Re: Wireless client (smartphones) maximum outdoor range?

Sticking with 100 meters. Honestly with a golf course you'd probably be fine with APs at tees and holes...and since most of those are back to back. Fairways will be fine with marginal coverage. I would use 90 degree sector antennas to push as much power as you can. Post a picture of the course map. ...
by MacLean
Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:32 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Setup a 1 Km Radius Point to Multipoint Link
Replies: 1
Views: 1191

Re: Setup a 1 Km Radius Point to Multipoint Link

We use Arc Wireless 23 dbi and Laird 19 dbi panel antennas. We have had to set up as many as four however to cover different directions. So...you can do your connection with as little as three antennas assuming your clients are more or less in the same direction. You'll need a fourth if they are not...
by MacLean
Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Wireless client (smartphones) maximum outdoor range?
Replies: 9
Views: 2381

Re: Wireless client (smartphones) maximum outdoor range?

I've got a Droid 3...am about 50m away from 16 dbi 120 degree sector antenna running off a R52-300 card in a 433AH. I'm in a tent - nothing but other tents in the way. Getting two to three bars but only if I hold the phone up. If I put the phone down it looses connection and I have to log back into ...
by MacLean
Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: SXT questions
Replies: 7
Views: 1698

Re: SXT questions

What about a 750UP powering three SXTs instead of the omni? The SXT to SXT links at that distance should be right around 54 mb. Three of them will not saturate a fast ethernet link from the roof to the equipment in your building.

-Mac
by MacLean
Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:13 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Wireless client (smartphones) maximum outdoor range?
Replies: 9
Views: 2381

Re: Wireless client (smartphones) maximum outdoor range?

Normis mentioned in an earlier post the maximum range is around 100m.

-Mac
by MacLean
Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:38 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: One big AP to cover whole place, possible ?
Replies: 3
Views: 890

Re: One big AP to cover whole place, possible ?

Absolutely. Especially if there are no buildings, no interference (say other wifi radios or devices), and a certain amount of users appropriate to the hardware you are selecting. If you scroll down a bit I started a discussion on the 435Gs that might help answer some of the questions I think you're ...
by MacLean
Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:49 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Four APs vs two APs over bridge
Replies: 6
Views: 1181

Re: Four APs vs two APs over bridge

If the area is pretty saturated with 2.4 GHz I would suggest using horizontal polarization on your antennas and see what your signal strength is before adding APs.

-Mac
by MacLean
Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:13 am
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: Terminal Not Responding
Replies: 18
Views: 4906

Re: Terminal Not Responding

I usually see problems with the response time of any part of the interface when the RB is experiencing power issues. Are you using PoE? How long of a cable - have you checked or replaced the cable - is it shielded? Have you tried a different PoE injector or the DC power adapter? We have a ton of 433...
by MacLean
Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:27 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: 435Gs and what do folks think?
Replies: 23
Views: 2952

Re: 435Gs and what do folks think?

I completely agree with you about wiring each building individually. We run into a couple of big stumbling blocks with that approach...namely we don't have a tech on site and since electrical outlets are in such high demand a lot of time our equipment gets accidentally unplugged, the PoE injectors g...
by MacLean
Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: 435Gs and what do folks think?
Replies: 23
Views: 2952

Re: 435Gs and what do folks think?

Totally agree. Lots of radios. Sectors. Check. So again - faced with using a single 435G and five radio cards all causing potentially disastrous crosstalk and interference because of their close proximity on the RB but allowing me to power the device with a single ethernet run and PoE injector or us...
by MacLean
Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:37 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: 435Gs and what do folks think?
Replies: 23
Views: 2952

Re: 435Gs and what do folks think?

Lots and lots and lots of clients. Barracks chock full of people. Why I am leaning towards the sectors. I could imagine as many as 100 clients (or more) connecting to each tower...and breaking that up into smaller chunks would be ideal.

-Mac
by MacLean
Sat Feb 23, 2013 9:24 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: 435Gs and what do folks think?
Replies: 23
Views: 2952

Re: 435Gs and what do folks think?

So back to the original question then - since it seems that four radios/sectors and one radio/panel for the backhaul is the way to go.

Use a 435G and five radio cards or use five Grooves/Metals and a 750UP with a 48v PoE injector stepped down to 24v?

-Mac
by MacLean
Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:44 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: 435Gs and what do folks think?
Replies: 23
Views: 2952

Re: 435Gs and what do folks think?

Thanks for the info on the 750UP being capable of being powered by PoE - and the 48v stepped down to 24v idea is good. I do need to do some research on the amperage of the Grooves and Metals and make sure I can power 4 or 5 of them with only 1.1 A - plus the 750UP. Forgive my ignorance on dbi and an...
by MacLean
Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:03 am
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: channel width emergency problem
Replies: 2
Views: 628

Re: channel width emergency problem

From my understanding 5 MHz and 10 MHz channels will not work for "visible" access points - you are correct in that they "disappear." I think you can manually set the settings on your clients and it will work - but I an not familiar with your bridges.

-Mac
by MacLean
Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Beginner Basics
Topic: why does this happen with me so often
Replies: 8
Views: 2189

Re: why does this happen with me so often

I agree about the other DHCP server on the network. The other issue is you might have accidentally added your WAN port to your bridge.

-Mac
by MacLean
Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: 435Gs and what do folks think?
Replies: 23
Views: 2952

Re: 435Gs and what do folks think?

Mikrotik already has a product that suits your POE needs. Check out RB750UP. http://routerboard.com/RB750UP Fair enough...but again it runs off a power adapter and not PoE itself, right? We can't run 120 or 240v lines up our towers - most of them are temporary. Which would mean we would need to run...
by MacLean
Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:13 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Omnitek with SXT
Replies: 11
Views: 1811

Re: Omnitek with SXT

Go to Wireless on the Omnitik and click on registration and send us a screen shot. Your Tx/Rx signal should be in the -50s for best results.

-Mac
by MacLean
Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:13 pm
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: Suggest directional antenna for RB751?
Replies: 4
Views: 986

Re: Suggest directional antenna for RB751?

We use these all the time with 433AHs and R52s.

http://www.streakwave.com/itemdesc.asp? ... 19&eq=&Tp=

-Mac
by MacLean
Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: SXT...shows up in Netinstall but...
Replies: 4
Views: 1553

Re: SXT...shows up in Netinstall but...

Yes. I used NetInstall 5.17 and on a whim tried NetInstall 5.14. Tried both using every version of firmware back to 5.12.

-Mac
by MacLean
Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:14 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: 435Gs and what do folks think?
Replies: 23
Views: 2952

Re: 435Gs and what do folks think?

Well...no answers or opinions from the peanut gallery. From most of my browsing of the forums it seems that installing a lot of R52 cards in close proximity - all on the 2.4 GHz band - would not be good. We're currently using 433s with a 2.4 on wlan1, 5 on wlan2 (backhaul) and 2.4 again on wlan3...b...
by MacLean
Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:01 pm
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: SXT...shows up in Netinstall but...
Replies: 4
Views: 1553

Re: SXT...shows up in Netinstall but...

I tried everything from 5.12 up and same thing every time. Most of the forum posts about any routerboard exhibiting this behavior say they RMA'd the unit. I'm way out in the middle of nowhere and a long way away from more parts.

-Mac
by MacLean
Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:02 pm
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: SXT...shows up in Netinstall but...
Replies: 4
Views: 1553

SXT...shows up in Netinstall but...

So SXT...RouterOS upgrade...bumped the ethernet cable and lost power in the middle. No problem...opened up Netinstall...computer configured with fixed IP and Netboot set to the next address...SXT shows up...click on the SXT...click on 5.23 npk file...click install... And ten seconds later it says Re...
by MacLean
Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: ANY THOUGHT OR IDEAS PLEASE
Replies: 4
Views: 873

Re: ANY THOUGHT OR IDEAS PLEASE

Almost sounds like some of the NV2 stability issues folks have been posting about.

-Mac
by MacLean
Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: I change RouterBoard bun now local wire less not work
Replies: 1
Views: 358

Re: I change RouterBoard bun now local wire less not work

You'll most certainly need to send us your configuration if you want help troubleshooting. Sounds like you replaced the board. Did you reprogram the new one? It almost sounds like you have an issue with the bridge. I would make sure you've got one and it incorporates the wlan and appropriate eth por...
by MacLean
Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: When I remove WLAN from bridge-local, I lose wired access
Replies: 2
Views: 1291

Re: When I remove WLAN from bridge-local, I lose wired acces

You really want your default address bound to your bridge. That and make sure to set an admin MAC address.

-Mac
by MacLean
Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:51 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: 435Gs and what do folks think?
Replies: 23
Views: 2952

435Gs and what do folks think?

We've got a bunch of APs deployed that use 433s and a panel antenna for the backhaul and two 120 degree 12 db sector antennas. Problem is we need 360 degrees of coverage, and a lot of the surrounding buildings have metals roofs. I'm thinking of upgrading a couple of them to 435s and using the same p...
by MacLean
Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:36 pm
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: Routerboard Hardware wish list
Replies: 61
Views: 13363

Re: Routerboard Hardware wish list

Something akin to the Patriot Gauntlet and Seagate wireless HD enclosures. Also would like a variant that has both sata and mSATA and raid capabilities.

-Mac