That's fantastic news! For those who aren't quite tuned in - they're
pushing out FreeBSD-8 on Alix's with Atheros 11abg NICs.
No 11n NIC yet unfortunately.


On 13 November 2012 12:01, Ed Kikkert <e...@kikkert-online.nl> wrote:
> During ApacheCon2012 The Network Event Kit has served 750+ devices,
> assisted in making ApacheCon2012 a big success.
> Our newly defined small cell approach designed by Marten Vijn
> delivered a stable wireless network on both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands.
> Main focus was to  reduce the txpower to manageable levels, avoid
> overlap and pro-actively design rules for congestion control on the
> multiple OSI levels. This all is now implemented and has an proactive
> monitoring visualization designed by Rick van der Zwet.
> Having this amount of devices connected to the 20 access points is
> causing a lot of local broadcast and multicast traffic filling up the network
> stack. This was during the first day growing that in the end it was almost
> impossible for other traffic to find it's way to the internet. To stop this we
> setup some OpenBSD PF rules on each of the access points and not on
> the firewall.
> During the event we got new insights with regards of manageability of
> ath(4) devices and their configuration, most worthy noticing are the
> finding with regards to the diversity setup of the cards with a single
> connected antenna in correlation with the 'stuck baecon; resetting'
> errors. Thanks to athstats(8) and other useful debugging tools
> provided by Sam Leffner in the FreeBSD source tree. In the next few
> weeks we will validate this results and post our findings to the
> various open source communities.
> Our newly logistics and deployment approach by Ed Kikkert has tackled
> successfully our issues with storage and distribution and greatly
> increased our visibility. Main focus was better communication by using
> peer-radio-devices and stricter task assignment causing more
> efficiently.
> A picture impression made by Roel Guldemond can be found at our new
> Network Kit Website (under construction):
>    http://nek.wifisoft.org/site/node/9
> Screen dumps from the proactive monitoring visualization made by Rick van der 
> Zwet.
>  http://bsd.wifisoft.org/svn/projects/nek/images/monitoring/
> Source code and NanoBSD configuration is found at:
>   http://bsd.wifisoft.org/svn/projects/nek/events/ApacheCon-2012/
> All improvements will allows us to start powering 2000+ devices events
> Gerard Mourits will be continue his efforts of finding new interesting
> events for The Network Event Kit to power.
> The organisation likes to thank NLNet, InfraData and other sponsors
> for their continued support and the volunteers for their endeavoured
> enthusiasm and enlightening week.
> Best regards,
> Ed Kikkert - Secratary of WifiSoft Foundation
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