Re: [WISPA] Wireless for America?

2011-12-05 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 08:04, rwf ralphli...@bsrg.org wrote:

 Their about us is STILL Lorem Ipsum.

 More people need to use SLipsum (slipsum.com, NSFW for language).

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Re: [WISPA] Internet Censorship

2011-11-17 Thread David E. Smith
On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 16:12, Butch Evans but...@butchevans.com wrote:


 My take is that piracy should be punishable by jail time.


Yikes. I think we'll have to agree-to-disagree here (biting tongue so hard
it's bleeding).

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Re: [WISPA] UBNT sectors 120s, 90s, or 60s?

2011-11-04 Thread David E. Smith
On Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 11:15, Fred Goldstein fgoldst...@ionary.com wrote:

  (top posted)

 Often that works, Sam. When it's a simple dialogue over one issue, then
 sure, top posting works.  Where insertion-posting works better is when
 replying to individual paragraphs or sections separately.  I have been
 known to write very long emails, as have some of my correspondents... and
 this way the specific points are answered in situ.


Some folks have been using email since the late 70s, before there was
really such a thing as a full-screen text editor (may the spirits have
mercy upon you if you remember edlin, for instance), which explains
bottom-posting (it was the only viable way to do it).

Inline posting seems more common among people who started communicating
online in the 80s (it was common in Fidonet BBS messaging), and when emails
took several days to get from one place to another, the context probably
was valuable to help you remember where you were in a discussion.

Top-posting became more common when email became more accessible to the
general public, along with the rise of the Internet generally, probably
starting in the early 1990s.

This doesn't explain why I prefer bottom-posting, as I'm too young to
remember anything before the mid-90s, but (shrug)

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Re: [WISPA] How to control your mikrotik zombies ;)

2011-11-02 Thread David E. Smith
On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 10:54, Jim Patient jpati...@linktechs.net wrote:

 We have a free pushscript program that lets you send out scripts to all
 or selected routers.  Saves time in sending global changes etc.

 http://linktechs.net/scriptpush1.asp


For that matter, if you're comfortable with Perl, I've cleaned up my old
log into every router and get its config program. The attached script
just logs into a bunch of routers and emails you their config files, but
it's easy enough to change the commands it executes.

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Re: [WISPA] Net Neutrality

2011-10-28 Thread David E. Smith
On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 09:19, Tony Iacopi t...@razzolink.com wrote:

 Unfortunately I would love to agree with Matt and the fact that I paid for
 the network so I should be able to do what I want with it, however, the way
 it is currently written, if you provide internet service (which I believe
 we
 all do) you are suppose to comply.  I also agree that it is a flagrant
 overreach for the FCC but until it is overruled it is in place.  Got to
 love
 the Governments protection of the small business owner.


The government isn't trying to protect the small business owner - they're
trying to protect the perceived interest of the majority of common citizens.

A majority of citizens are using bigger carriers (cable companies and
telcos), and that majority likely will benefit from these rules. Yes, it
kinda stinks for smaller businesses, but them's the breaks sometimes.

Anyone that has access to the members list care to comment on what WISPA is
doing to ease compliance for small ISPs?

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Re: [WISPA] Boost Your WiFi Signal Using Only a Beer Can

2011-10-25 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 14:14, Aaron D. Osgood 
aosg...@streamline-solutions.net wrote:

 I have received several requests from customers who are looking for some
 sort of WiFi signal booster that attached to their laptop's USB and
 enhances
 reception through their internal WiFi radio (sort of an external antenna
 for
 their internal built in WiFi radio, if you will). Technologically, I am not
 sure how this would work but I am surprised that I cannot seem to be able
 to
 locate such a device.


Why not just get a whole new USB wireless device (which will probably be
newer, have a better receiver, probably a better antenna, and maybe even an
external antenna lead if they're really desperate)?

If you can educate them into buying a product that actually exists, you
could even sell them that product and make a few dollars on the way.

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Re: [WISPA] Bridge Table on Switch

2011-10-18 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 15:51, Matt lm7...@gmail.com wrote:

 Typically on a switch how long will it cache a MAC address bridge
 entry after the last time it is used?


Depends very much on the switch, but 'one minute' seems to be a common
default for managed switches.

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Re: [WISPA] Rack Mount POE Injector

2011-09-15 Thread David E. Smith
On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 17:38, Matt lm7...@gmail.com wrote:
 Looking for a rack mount POE injector that supports Ubiquiti at 24
 volts.  Anyone know of anything?  Would like around 16 ports.


The Tycon midspan injectors work fine. Here's a link to a 16-port one:
http://www.rowewireless.com/products/Tycon-16-Port-1U-Rack-Mount-Mid-Span-POE.html

I've only used the 12-port versions, but I'm sure the 16-port is just as good.

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Re: [WISPA] The Legislative Situation Is Dire

2011-07-20 Thread David E. Smith
On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 14:32, Mike Hammett wispawirel...@ics-il.netwrote:

 **
 I think people are saying the government needs to stop helping everyone.


Some people are saying that, others are saying that the help needs to be
spread around a bit more fairly (for some value of fair).

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Re: [WISPA] OT: Cleared the Gmail account

2011-07-11 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 12:28, Jerry Richardson jrichard...@aircloud.comwrote:

 FYI, deleted all of my @afmug and @wispa messages and got back 3GB of
 storage.

 **



I thought the whole point of a Gmail account is that you'd never run out
of space and have to worry about such things :)

Some WISPA lists are publicly archived, so you can use Google as your backup
for that. Others (the members-only lists) aren't. (There are archives on
lists.wispa.org, and a rudimentary search tool at search.wispa.org/members,
but it's kinda clumsy.)

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Re: [WISPA] Choosing core router for small - medium WISP

2011-07-06 Thread David E. Smith
On Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 09:52, Roman consulttele...@gmail.com wrote:
 I would like to ask for help of wireless community.
 We have to choose supplier of core router for our WISP projects. I know
 technical characteristics and price for core routers from Cisco - 7200 and
 7600 series. Although these models have impressive possibilities, their
 price is very prohibitive for small/medium projects. Which models of core
 router do use in your projects? I would like to get your recommendations,
 its advantages and disadvantages. Would like to know some cheap and
 middle-price options.

Chances are, most folks here will suggest either Imagestream routers,
or something running Mikrotik's RouterOS. I've used both in my network
over the last few years, and they both have all the functionality I
need (basic routing and firewalling, BGP, and not much else), at
prices that beat the pants off even eBay'ed Cisco gear.

If you can go into more details on what you actually need your router
to do, we'll be able to provide better/more specific suggestions.

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[WISPA] Friday funny: 5 Reasons Internet Access in America is a Disaster

2011-06-10 Thread David E. Smith
Actually, it's only kinda funny, because it's true. Warning: naughty
language.

http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-reasons-internet-access-in-america-disaster/


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Re: [WISPA] Tranzeo TR5A Tx power

2011-05-20 Thread David E. Smith
On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 13:13, Josh Luthman j...@imaginenetworksllc.comwrote:

 What I did with Ubnt is set it to station and look for ssid
 oisjdofijsodijfosijdofijsfd


So YOU'RE the one connecting to my home network! :)

Even with a gibberish SSID, the radio will still be active. With Ubiquiti
gear, it's probably better to just explicitly disable the WLAN interface.

For the OP, though, I don't think Tranzeo gear gives you a way to do this.
Setting it to station mode, looking for a gibberish SSID, and turning the Tx
power down, is probably the next best thing to simply unplugging the power
cord. (Is this radio someplace where pulling the power would be
inconvenient?)

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Re: [WISPA] Tranzeo TR5A Tx power

2011-05-20 Thread David E. Smith
On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 13:35, Josh Luthman j...@imaginenetworksllc.comwrote:

 Why would the radio ever be transmitting if it's in station mode?  I
 thought it only listened this way (and should replicate across Tranzeo,
 other 802.11 product, etc).


I honestly thought that even unconnected stations periodically transmitted
beacon frames, but it's been rather a long time since I read that O'Reilly
book on the 802.11 standards.

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Re: [WISPA] Staff Apparel

2011-05-18 Thread David E. Smith
On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 13:54, Steve Barnes st...@pcswin.com wrote:

 I have found this to be an issue.  All the retail shops want to do a min or
 12 like shirts.  Basically I have 4 staff that are everywhere from size
 small to 4X with me doing different names and different colors and different
 sizes I doubt that I have more than 2 shirts the same.


You'll probably have better luck finding a small local outfit to do this,
precisely because the big companies usually have large minimum orders.

If you do want to do it all online, try customink.com. Can't vouch for their
embroidery, but I've ordered hundreds of screen-printed T-shirts through
them with no problems. Their Web site they have a minimum embroidery order
of just 6 shirts, and you can mix-and-match.

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Re: [WISPA] My day is now dedicated to UBB research. You should too.

2011-05-02 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, May 2, 2011 at 17:32, Marco Coelho coelh...@gmail.com wrote:

 Has anybody worked on allowing streaming video up to lets say 10 Mb total
 transfer, then knocking THAT stream down to a slow rate?


I tried something like that a while back - we got so very many angry phone
calls that the boss had us discontinue it in less than a week. We actually
didn't try to limit by video type, just any single ongoing TCP
transaction, but in practice it only affected audio and video streaming,
Microsoft Update, and MMO patches.

I'm sure someone out there would be glad to sell you a content-aware
filtering device for many thousands of dollars, if you're so inclined.

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Re: [WISPA] Dennis's Router OS Book.

2011-04-26 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 08:44, Tom DeReggi wirelessn...@rapiddsl.netwrote:

  I just bought a copy of Dennis Burgess's Learn Router OS Book.
 I have to say, I felt it was very well written and laid out intuitively.
 For those that haven't seen it, and have new techs needing to be introduced
 to Mikrotik, I highly recommend it.



There is a lot of good knowledge in there, but it was hard to find - in part
because the page numbers are on the inside, by the spine, instead of on the
outer corner of the page where they're supposed to be. Lots of typographical
errors, a few spelling errors, lots of awkward-sounding first-person voice.

Maybe I've been spoiled by O'Reilly's high standards for technical books --
or maybe I'm nitpicky because I was a newspaper copy editor during college
-- but it really seems like Dennis' copy editor fell asleep. I still have it
on the shelf, and it's not bad, but it could be a lot better. I'd jump all
over a copy of Learn RouterOS, Second Edition, though, with a better index
and a bit of polish.

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Re: [WISPA] Ethernet Cable for FM Tower Install

2011-04-13 Thread David E. Smith
On Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 08:35, can...@believewireless.net 
p...@believewireless.net wrote:

 We are mounting close to a 50kW FM antenna and want to use heavy,
 double shielded cable
 for the runs to the APs since we've seen issues in the past.  Fiber up
 the tower but will need
 3-4 ft jumpers to the APs.


Ubiqiti's Level 2 ToughCable might work for you. Each twisted pair is
shielded, with a divider in the cable, then the whole cable has a second
layer of shielding. Works well on normal tower runs, but I've never put it
anywhere close to a transmitter that powerful, so I can't vouch for it in
that environment.

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Re: [WISPA] OpenSource Email Server platform

2011-03-30 Thread David E. Smith
On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 12:47, Cameron Kilton c...@midcoast.com wrote:

 We have over 7400 email boxes. At $0.35 each that is almost $2,600/month
 or $31,200/year. That is a large expense for email.


That's large enough, that it's almost certainly more cost-effective to do it
in-house.

If I were inclined to make up bogus rules-of-thumb, I'd probably say that if
you have fewer than 1000 mailboxes it's likely less expensive to outsource,
and over 5000 you should be doing it in-house. There's a lot of grey area
between those two number, though.

If you do it in-house, there are hardware costs, software costs (even with
open-source you should be donating to the projects that keep your business
running), electricity, cooling, paying someone to keep an eye on all of the
above and to fix it when it breaks... Many people overlook all these
overhead expenses. When you outsource, they give you one number. In-house,
you have to remember to add up all those little numbers, and not everyone
does.

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Re: [WISPA] OpenSource Email Server platform

2011-03-28 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 17:04, Matt lm7...@gmail.com wrote:

  Do you have the ability to do multiple domains with the Google platform?
  We
  also offer hosting services that need email.

 To do the switch to Gmail I believe you must change all client SMTP
 and POP3 server settings.  Yuk.  Also, depending how many email
 accounts you have $0.35 can really add up especially when in the
 thousands.


You could work around that, if you're still willing to run servers on-site.
Point off-site people to Google's MX, run a small SMTP server for your own
customers. POP3, you could work around with something like Perdition. It's
kinda a hack, but it should work in the short-term while you migrate users'
settings.

The pricing might not be that bad, depending on the size of your user base.
If you're hosting your own email, you'll have to pay for some sort of email
filtering (spam and virus), pay for electricity to keep the mail server
running, pay for bandwidth for the 90% of your incoming email that ends up
being discarded by the spam filters anyway.

My network still hosts mail in-house, but it's getting closer and closer to
the point that we can cost-effectively move it out.

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Re: [WISPA] IPPay and Emerald v4.5

2011-03-15 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 11:35, Scottie Arnett sarn...@info-ed.com wrote:

  Hey guys,

 Do any of you use IEA Software's Emerald v4.5 and successfully integrated
 IPPay? I know IPPay integrates with Emerald v5, but I am still using v4.5
 because there is really no reason to upgrade it. It is a leftover billing
 system from the dial-up days that still works for us and it does integrate
 with authorize.net, but I would like to switch to IPPay.


Few years back, IPpay told me they were working on something that was
API-compatible with authorize.net, but it never materialized and I think
they eventually abandoned the project. I'm in the same situation as you -
Emerald 4.5 works just fine for us, and authorize.net works just fine for
us, so we're in no hurry to upgrade/replace either.

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Re: [WISPA] OVPN Question

2011-03-14 Thread David E. Smith
On Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 16:59, Scott Reed sr...@nwwnet.net wrote:

 I am missing something obvious.  I need an ovpn tunnel that is a bridge
 between 2 customer sites.  I need it so a wire at location A can have an
 address in the network at location B.  I am missing something simple.
 How would you set this up?


I just did something similar to this. The way I did it was:

* Get IP connectivity between the two boxes
* On one location, create a OVPN server, and for its PPP credentials, give
it a pair of private IPs (local IP 10.1.1.1, remote 10.1.1.2, for example)
* On that one, create an EoIP tunnel pointing to 10.1.1.2
* On the remote location, create an OVPN client, and an EoIP tunnel,
opposite of the above
* On both radios, create a bridge, and bridge the EoIP and an unused
physical interface

What should happen is the OVPN client connects, then brings up the EoIP
connection. Plug something into the bridged interfaces on either side. There
you go, you have a really long Ethernet cable.

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Re: [WISPA] FW: [Wisp] ByLaws Committee Members Demographics

2011-03-01 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 08:55, Josh Luthman j...@imaginenetworksllc.comwrote:

 I'm still waiting for someone to invent sarcasm font.


http://mashable.com/2010/01/15/sarcmark/

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Re: [WISPA] 5 GHz FCC Webinar for WISP Community

2011-02-28 Thread David E. Smith
On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 20:43, Jack Unger jun...@ask-wi.com wrote:

  We're talking with the FCC about having them do a 5 GHz webinar for the
 WISP community to address issues like:


Please make sure this addresses the whole of 5GHz, not just that little
mystery space in 5.4-5.6. To this day, I'm still not completely certain what
all the rules are for 5.2/5.3 and 5.8. Power limits, PtP versus PtMP, the
whole routine.

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Re: [WISPA] Ignore: Test delivery delay

2011-02-28 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 12:54, Jerry Richardson jrichard...@aircloud.comwrote:

 Sent 10:53


In what time zone? :)

(Serious answer: our mail filters have been backlogged most of the day,
thanks to an Irish spammer with far too much time on his hands. The queues
are clearing.)

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Re: [WISPA] MT Q's at Edge

2011-02-21 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 16:21, Scott Piehn li...@jcwifi.com wrote:

   We currently Q each customer at the tower.  I am looking at my edge
 router trying to figure out who is using what

 Should I just create an unlimited simple Q for each IP or is there a more
 efficient way.
 I want to still do the actual traffic limiting at the tower


Do you mean queue?

Anyway, the easiest thing to do is just to watch your traffic at the edge.
If you're using Mikrotik, the integrated Torch tool is pretty nice, and can
limit traffic by physical interface, or by IP. Valemount StarOS has a
similar tool, as do most wireless platforms these days.. Failing that, set
up a mirror port on a switch and fire up Wireshark.

If you're doing the traffic shaping at each tower, why would you need or
want to shape it at the edge?

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Re: [WISPA] Bandwidth Hog or Hippo ?

2011-02-16 Thread David E. Smith
On Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 15:35, Stuart Pierce spie...@avolve.net wrote:

 What do you do with a client that uses 65gigs in 42 days ? To top it off
 they are late payers and complain a little and always use the excuse they
 have to talk to their son in Iraq early in the morning. We only allow 20
 gigs for their plan anyhow.


If their contract says they get 20 GB of transfer in a billing cycle, and
they use more, you bill them. If they don't pay, you shut them off or sue
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Re: [WISPA] RouterBoard 1100 Simple Queues

2011-02-15 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 16:55, Jenco Wireless bradhagst...@gmail.comwrote:

 Anyone having an issue with simple queues not working (version 4.15) -
 maybe RB-1100 related??



I recently picked up an RB1100, with RouterOS 4.16, and seem to be having
the same sort of problem. My weird fancy PCQ queues work great, but some of
my simple queues, that should take priority over them, don't seem to be
working. I'm using basically the same sorts of queuing that I'm using on
dozens of other boards, the only difference being that this one is PowerPC
and not MIPS (like all the 400s and 750s we use).

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Re: [WISPA] RouterBoard 1100 Simple Queues

2011-02-15 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 21:15, Blair Davis the...@wmwisp.net wrote:

 ROS 4.13 and later seem to not update the queue's properly in winbox...

 In my testing, it seems that the queue's are working,  just they never seem
 to move in winbox...


No, I'm referring to an instance where the queue definitely doesn't work.

(After eight years of working for a WISP, there finally is coverage at my
home. With the boss' okay, I gave myself more bandwidth than the normal
customer, using exactly the same rules we do on dozens of other routers. On
this router, a PowerPC-based RB1100, they don't work. Since the only new
component is the specific Routerboard in use, it seems the most likely
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Re: [WISPA] Internet Runs Out Of IP Addresses

2011-02-08 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 12:14, Mike Hammett wispawirel...@ics-il.net wrote:

 It is my understanding that many organizations held large allocations
 before the RIRs were formed.  I wouldn't expect those allocations to be
 held to ARIN rules.


They're not. If you follow ARIN politics, there's always a lot of lively
discussion about how to handle legacy address holders, like what you
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Re: [WISPA] Tranzeo and Ubnt

2011-02-01 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 22:08, RickG rgunder...@gmail.com wrote:

 legally?


If you turn the transmit power down, probably. Heck, the Bullet 2M makes it
easy, with a Obey Regulatory Rules checkbox (just type in the antenna
gain, and it sets the radio power accordingly).

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Re: [WISPA] Rackmount Mikrotik

2011-01-31 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 09:47, Jeremy Parr jeremyp...@gmail.com wrote:

 I'm in the market for a rackmount MT device. Don't care how many ports (as
 long as it is two or more), just need something that can rack mount.
 Internal power supply preferred, as well as front to back or side to side
 cooling. What are these vendors thinking building rackmount devices with top
 to bottom cooling? I'm looking at you RB1000U/RB1100U/Titan Wireless
 Rackmount Case. They are about as useful as an armored tank with a rag top.


Link Technologies' PowerRouter line is pretty nice, but might be a bit
pricey (starting at about $1400, and going up from there). It's basically a
custom-made 1U rackmount PC with a bunch of ports on the front. Mine has
lived in a rack for years with no problems.

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Re: [WISPA] Rackmount Mikrotik

2011-01-31 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 12:39, Jeremy Parr jeremyp...@gmail.com wrote:


 My complaint is specifically about the airflow design in the 1U case.
 Rackmount devices cool front to back in a data world, side to side in a
 voice world. Designing a device that tries to push air out the top, where
 there will be more than likely another device located is just plain stupid.


Titan Wireless doesn't design those. Mikrotik themselves makes the RB1000U
and its poor airflow setup (
http://www.routerboard.com/pricelist.php?showProduct=58), Titan just resells
it. While the RB1100U isn't on Mikrotik's site, the pictures are very
similar, so it's probably safe to assume that one also was designed by
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Re: [WISPA] Autoreply: Re: OT: Eqypt Has Been Disconnected from the Internet

2011-01-28 Thread David E. Smith
On Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 15:06, cshiv...@aristotle.net wrote:

(using a broken auto-responder)

I've removed this address from this list. Rejoice!

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Re: [WISPA] Autoreply: Re: OT: Eqypt Has Been Disconnected from the Internet

2011-01-28 Thread David E. Smith
On Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 15:22, Nick lists-wi...@atomsplash.com wrote:

  Wow. That was stressful.


Eh, we all make silly mistakes sometimes. Good thing electrons are cheap
(WISPA gets a bulk discount).

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Re: [WISPA] idea to slow the pain of netflix

2011-01-18 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 10:01, support supp...@nitline.com wrote:

 has anyone ever tried to partner with blockbuster


You still have a Blockbuster nearby? There's not one within thirty miles of
me; the last one closed a couple years ago.

There's one video rental store in town, and I can't recall the last time I
saw more than one car in their parking lot. Everyone's using
Netflix/Blockbuster streaming/Amazon Unbox/et cetera.

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Re: [WISPA] idea to slow the pain of netflix

2011-01-18 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 10:25, Josh Luthman j...@imaginenetworksllc.comwrote:

 Redbox is at Walmart and McDonald's.  I'm guessing all of them, but could
 be wrong.


Many, but certainly not all. There are three McD's near here, only one of
which has a Redbox. (Though two of the bigger grocery stores in town have
Redbox machines, and one gas station has a Blockbuster Express.)

Shame the selection is usually pretty paltry - if you want to watch
something that's more than a year old, it's pretty unlikely you'll be able
to find it at Redbox.

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Re: [WISPA] [Ubnt_users] NS5 issues?

2011-01-18 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 16:45, Forbes Mercy forbes.me...@wabroadband.comwrote:

 If you haven't seen Ubiquiti has released the non-beta 5.3 firmware 7782
 for it's M series equipment.


What's the best source for updated documentation and explanation? This
firmware has some new checkboxes that aren't yet in their wiki (what are
AirSelect and AirControl? I assume they're shiny new proprietary stuff, but
specifics would be great)

(I'd love to rant here about how vendors need to spend a bit more time on
documentation, but I'm numb at this point, pretty much every major vendor in
my network does the same thing.)

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Re: [WISPA] Households and population passed by the WISP industry..... over 76 Million households

2011-01-13 Thread David E. Smith
On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 22:43, Brian Webster
bwebs...@wirelessmapping.comwrote:

 A week or so ago, I ran a study of the population and households passed by
 principal WISPA members. Tonight I ran the numbers based on the whole
 national WISP coverage map you all contributed to over the last couple of
 years. The method for the calculation is pretty basic. For every zip code
 tabulation area there is a standard recognized centroid point. I took the
 big yellow national WISP coverage blob
 http://www.wirelessmapping.com/National-Coverage-Map-for-Fixed-Wireless-ISP%27s.phpand
  selected all of the zip code centroid points contained within it. I
 found a database table of households and populations for these zip code
 tabulation areas. The numbers are based on the 2000 census data so it’s a
 bit stale.


Isn't this exactly why the FCC now requests counts by census tract? ZIP
codes are awfully big in some places, and just because an ISP can service
one person in a ZIP, doesn't guarantee they can service everyone.

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Re: [WISPA] Hotel Redirect

2011-01-06 Thread David E. Smith
On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 13:31, Nick Olsen n...@flhsi.com wrote:

 That would work for some of them, In this case, The hotel management
 company has a page that the hotel must redirect to. They get fined if it
 doesn't redirect to the companies specific page.
 I'm thinking maybe load it in a frame, or something. And have a login
 button above it or something. Was hoping someone had a cleaner way.



I'm doing something very similar to this. I just put the whole mandatory
page on the Mikrotik box itself, and made the I agree to the TOS link into
a silently log this MAC into the hotspot for 24 hours link.

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Re: [WISPA] Hotel Redirect

2011-01-06 Thread David E. Smith
On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 13:45, Robert West robert.w...@just-micro.comwrote:

 The problem that I was seeing was that there are many wireless devices now
 that don’t have any “screen” to see a login button.  Game systems being the
 first on my mind.  In hotels, some guests bring their kids game system to
 keep them from running the halls……  How can you get these basically blind
 systems to punch through a page like that?


I suppose, in that case, you could keep a few wireless bridges around to
lend to guests, with crossover cables, with their MACs already
pre-authorized. (Might have to have it do NAT, so the AP only sees its MAC
and not the MAC of the Xbox or whatever. Depends on the device.)

Or get the system's MAC, but that adds a lot of extra complications (your
hotel clerks now need to know how to get that information from every device
ever made, and how to add the MAC to an ACL somewhere).

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Re: [WISPA] Hotel Redirect

2011-01-06 Thread David E. Smith
On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 14:20, Nick Olsen n...@flhsi.com wrote:

 Normally Hotspot works with a I accept button on a page, As thats what we
 have done in the past. I don't mind getting a call when a user has a
 tivo/gamesystem/* that can't login as they can read me the mac and I can
 bypass it.
 The point with this is it goes to a page we don't control, And can't really
 change at all.


Could you do something crazy like put their site in an iframe? Have the
parent page include their mandatory page, and a bit of JavaScript. That
JavaScript has their MAC embedded in a link, using the same sort of link as
the click to accept TOS link, which auto-refreshes after one second (thus
logging them in as though they'd clicked that link themselves). Then add
their page (and whatever other things it uses) to the walled-garden.

Yes, this fails if they disable JavaScript, but it's a reasonable price to
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Re: [WISPA] Open Meeting Statements - Preserving the Open Internet: Commissioner's Comments

2010-12-21 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 14:21, Rick Harnish rharn...@wispa.org wrote:

  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/index.do?document=303746


Any analysis yet on whether WISPA got part of what it was asking for? I've
skimmed those notes, and aside from one brief mention by Commissioner
McDowell I don't see anything regarding fixed-wireless at all.

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Re: [WISPA] Flexible rules promised for wireless

2010-12-21 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 15:08, MDK rea...@muddyfrogwater.us wrote:

 So, I disagree with his premise, and his argument about the premise, that
 wired telephony is a natural monopoly, and I'm not allowed to say so?


 If you claim telephony isn't a natural monopoly, by the definition of that
phrase, you have to back up the assertion. By the macroeconomics definition
of the phrase, telephone wires are pretty much a perfect example; what's
your counter-argument?

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Re: [WISPA] Email Accounts

2010-12-16 Thread David E. Smith
On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 16:03, Matt lm7...@gmail.com wrote:

  http://www.ikano.com/vendor/googleapps-key-features_vendor.asp
 
  .35 cents a user a month. $4.20 a user per year.

 I am hearing to switch to google all my users must change there SMTP
 and POP3 settings to point at google.  Ugh, not gonna happen.


You might be able to work around some of that with DNS trickery. Or, you can
(in the short-term) run something like Perdition (
http://horms.net/projects/perdition/) to proxy your customers' email
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Re: [WISPA] Verizon Network Extender

2010-12-16 Thread David E. Smith
On Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 11:28, Matt lm7...@gmail.com wrote:

 Anyone using one of these?  What are actual bandwidth requirements and
 usage?


Are you referring to this?
http://support.vzw.com/information/network_extender.html

I've not used that one, but I've used a similar device from Sprint. For
calls, the bandwidth used is negligible (40-50kbps).

The Verizon one supports EVDO data (Sprint's Airave femtocell didn't, IIRC),
so if the phone is being used for cellular data that will increase the usage
somewhat. Since the device requires broadband anyway, if the phone has
wi-fi, just use it instead of EVDO; you'll probably get better performance.
I vaguely remember reading that all calls and data transactions from a
femtocell like this have to be tunneled through the carrier's network for
CALEA purposes, which would obviously add latency, but I don't have a cite
for this statement.

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Re: [WISPA] Jumbo Frames

2010-12-15 Thread David E. Smith
On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 12:30, RickG rgunder...@gmail.com wrote:

 Well, I havent analysed it yet but with all the facebook uploads, online
 backups, and email attachedments going on I wonder if that is the case?


First, by very large files I'm thinking tens of terabytes. Second, there's
only a benefit to jumbo-frames if EVERY device between the two endpoints
supports it. Chances are, the end-user's desktop doesn't support it (or
doesn't have it enabled), or you've got an old switch at a tower, or someone
at a co-lo on the other coast forgot to enable it. If any piece of gear
between the two doesn't support jumbo frames, your giant packet will get
fragmented anyway, and you may end up with worse performance.

Obviously, you want to bench-test for your particular application, but
outside of some specialized environments (like Internet2) jumbo frames don't
really win you very much.

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Re: [WISPA] Automated Hotspot

2010-12-08 Thread David E. Smith
On Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 16:41, Jeromie Reeves jree...@18-30chat.net wrote:

 What are you using for automated hotspot user generation and billing?
 I have had my own scripts for user generation but still needed to do
 billing. I am looking at various 'cafe' and hotspot setups but some
 want $50/mo, others want up to 30%, etc, which seams high to handle a
 login page and billing.


If you're comfortable with a roll-your-own solution, the Mikrotik User
Manager add-on is free, lets you set up your own pricing, and can use
authorize.net and PayPal. Its Web interface is a little quirky but has all
the basic features you're likely to need.

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Re: [WISPA] What happens when you build a wireless internet system and give service away? Look at this example.....

2010-12-06 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 10:46, Brian Webster
bwebs...@wirelessmapping.com wrote:
 For a period of almost two years the city of
 Philadelphia had free Wi-Fi access on the network EarthLink built. I had the
 opportunity to look at adoption rates for broadband in that city after this
 was available. The areas with the lowest adoption rates had free access to
 the internet at speeds of up to 6 meg.

Since you did the mapping, you seem like a good person to ask some of
the questions you bring up in your blog.

Do you have any data showing how the adoption of broadband relates to,
say, income levels? Even if the wi-fi is free, computers aren't.

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Re: [WISPA] WISPA Member WIKI Site

2010-12-06 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 13:03, Christopher Hair wirele...@ntinet.com wrote:
 How do I obtain a UN/PW for the WISPA Member WIKI Site.

Your username and password will be the same as the one you use for
other WISPA member resources (like the billing system). If you've lost
those credentials, email bill...@wispa.org.

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Re: [WISPA] OT Laptops....

2010-12-01 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 21:11,  bmoldas...@gmail.com wrote:
 Anyone have a source for new netbooks or small laptops with Win XP operating
 system?  Looking for something sub $600.  Using it strictly for programming
 equipment and running diagnostics.  Not doing anything CPU intensive.
 Unfortunately we are running quite a few programs that don't play well with
 WIN 7.

If you're big enough to have a Microsoft volume license, ask your
sales rep about Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs. It's basically
a stripped-down WinXP, specifically designed for older hardware. Then
you can just pick up any random used laptop from eBay.

In the long term, the right thing to do is to talk to your software
vendors and tell them to start supporting modern OSes.

(What software are you using that doesn't work well with Windows 7,
out of curiosity? I've yet to run into anything that doesn't work
perfectly, and I'm even running the 64-bit version of Win7 for maximum
nuisance.)

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[WISPA] If you like pictures of towers... [OT?]

2010-11-29 Thread David E. Smith
I didn't know someone made a whole calendar of these. Why settle for
motivational phrases or scantily-clad women, when you could have
pictures of towers?

http://www.fybush.com/calendar.html

(A couple larger/better pictures from the calendar itself at
http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/11/29/5516937-geek-gift-guide-broadcast-towers-calendar
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Re: [WISPA] Equipment list?

2010-11-23 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 09:47, Jason Hensley ja...@jaggartech.com wrote:
 I don't see one at WISPA.  Is there an active equipment (buying / selling)
 list anywhere?

The WISPA Classifieds are the closest thing to that I can think of right off.

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Re: [WISPA] Linux PPP connections

2010-11-11 Thread David E. Smith
On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 11:52, Cameron Crum cc...@wispmon.com wrote:

 I curious if any out there have established PPTP connections between a
 linux box and MT routers and been able to ping things on the other side. If
 I establish a connection with my Windows machine, all is nice. I get the ip
 and can start pinging, logging into, etc devices on the other end. In linux
 I can establish the tunnel, but can only ping my p-t-p ip on the other end.
 I'm not using the remote end as the gateway and don't want to. Anyone done
 this?


Sounds like your Linux setup isn't updating routes correctly.

What do you mean by not wanting to use the remote end as your gateway?
That's exactly what Windows does by default, and that's almost certainly
what you want, unless you're doing something very atypical.

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Re: [WISPA] Linux PPP connections

2010-11-11 Thread David E. Smith
On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 12:00, Cameron Crum cc...@wispmon.com wrote:

 I disable the option in my windows pptp sessions, and yes I do NOT want to
 use the remote end as the gateway. It is for a particular purpose. How do I
 configure linux to update the routes? Is that something I need to specify in
 the ppp settings?


Are you then setting a few specific routes (so that only your network is
routed through the PPTP connection)? You'd probably just need to, after
you're connected, add a few routes manually (i.e. something like 'route add
-net 10.20.30.0/24 gw your.ppp.peer.ip')

You'll probably want to automate that with a shell script or similar. I
think Fedora actually has a little GUI you can use, to automatically create
routes after setting up a PPTP session and drop them when you disconnect,
but I haven't had to do this in quite a while; I apologize for the lack of
specifics.

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Re: [WISPA] Linux PPP connections

2010-11-11 Thread David E. Smith
On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 12:20, Cameron Crum cc...@wispmon.com wrote:

 On Windows I do not add routes. It seems to handle it for me. I'll try
 adding the routes on linux and see what happens. The main problem with that
 is I never know exactly which private subnets I'll need. I guess I can add
 routes for al the private ranges, but that is kind of a hassle.


I think a Windows server (configured with the routes you need), talking to a
Windows client, handles setting that up on its own.

For Linux, it should be easy enough to create a shell script that creates
the routes you need. Something like:

#!/bin/bash
route add 10.10.10.0/24 via $1
route add 10.20.30.0/24 via $1
... and so on

Then, once you're logged in, just run myroutes.sh 10.50.13.41. Depending
on your PPTP client setup, you probably can even get this script to run
automatically as part of setting up the session. You'll probably also want a
similar script to run after you log out, with a bunch of 'route del'
commands.

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Re: [WISPA] Content Filter

2010-11-08 Thread David E. Smith
On Sun, Nov 7, 2010 at 17:49, Scott Vander Dussen sc...@velociter.netwrote:

 Recommendations on content filtering software?  I’m aware of OpenDNS,
 thanks..


That's a bit vague. Are you looking for something to sell to residential
customers so they can try to keep their kids from looking at naughty
pictures, or something for small businesses to keep their employees off
Facebook, or...

Without knowing who you're targeting, and their budget, it's kinda hard to
make suggestions.

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Re: [WISPA] Change AP

2010-11-04 Thread David E. Smith
On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 14:43, ~NGL~ n...@ngl.net wrote:

 I do not know anything regarding Routerboards, if I use a RB493AH which has
 3 mini-pci slots, can I install 3 GZ-902 cards and have 3 900mhz AP's in 1
 box?


You probably could, but you might not want to. You'd have three APs, all in
the same band, located less than an inch apart. There's often an unhealthy
amount of self-interference when you do things like that.

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Re: [WISPA] Licensed 11ghz Hops

2010-11-04 Thread David E. Smith
On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 16:20, Matt lm7...@gmail.com wrote:

 We are looking at upgrading our network and adding a handful(7) 11ghz
 licensed hops.  What gear out there can use both horizontal and
 vertical at once to increase throughput?  We are currently considering
 Exalt.  Short coming of 11 ghz and longish 25 mile hops is throughput.
  We do not need a lot of bandwidth at the start but would like to be
 ready to if needed.  This will replace a couple DS3 circuits.


How much throughput do you need? Trango's Apex gear can, if you have big
enough antennas and pay for the licensing (both FCC and for Trango's
software), do something like 300Mbps.

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Re: [WISPA] netflix/hulu IP's

2010-11-02 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 11:09, support supp...@nitline.com wrote:

  has anyone been able to get squid to ease the pain of netflix /hulu
 /youtube ???


I've played with it in the past, but never could get much out of it. I think
there are two reasons for this.

First, in my network, the pain is actually last-mile (i.e. the extra load on
the last hop to the customer), and short of putting some kind of psychic
predictive cache in the customer's home, that can't be avoided.

The second problem, and the one that's probably more important, is that even
if the content were easily cache-able (it isn't), there wouldn't be much
point to it, because the odds that any two subscribers are watching the same
TV show, at the same time, with the same video settings, being streamed from
the same Akamai server, or within a few hours of one another, is pretty
slim.

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Re: [WISPA] Managed VLAN Switch

2010-11-01 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 12:50, Matt lm7...@gmail.com wrote:

 Looking for a manged VLAN switch with ~8 GigE ports.  Anyone know of
 anything?  Going to use them along a few hop licensed link.


Depending on what features you need, a Dell Powerconnect 2808 may serve
nicely. As a bonus, last time I looked they were around $100 each, which is
pretty darned cheap even by low-end managed switch standards.

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Re: [WISPA] Copper GigE Distance

2010-11-01 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 14:54, Matt lm7...@gmail.com wrote:

 You could push more, but not much bandwidth. We have cat-5 and cat-6
 runs
  going 400+ feet up a tower linked at 100meg.  You won’t be able to get a
  1000M connection out of it though.

 THis is for a licensed radio with a GigE POE port.


And that's the only port it has? There's no separate port for DC power? Let
me know what brand that is, so I can avoid it.

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Re: [WISPA] Can't get my 100MB

2010-10-25 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 15:37, Forbes Mercy forbes.me...@wabroadband.comwrote:

 The anatomy of our network is fiber to our head-end, goes to a Charter
 switch then to our Cisco 2811, then to a gig netgear switch.  We're
 doing our speed tests on a standard browser (Firefox) in a Windows 2003
 box that has a 10/100 ethernet (about 8 feet) to the gig switch.  I'm
 debating if the 2811 is hefty enough to handle the 100MB, any ideas?


What happens if you get rid of all the extra stuff and just plug your PC
directly into their switch (assuming you have an Ethernet handoff and not
fiber)?

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[WISPA] P2P/copyright notifications for RLC students

2010-10-22 Thread David E. Smith
I just received three notices of claimed copyright infringement for students
at RLC. I've attached them (and named the files after the account IDs
responsible). I've reduced these students' accounts to 128kbps for now.
Please contact these students and discipline them according to your TOS.

The student IDs in question are downingel (yes, I got two emails about
him) and gordonta.

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Friday, October 22, 2010


Mount Vernon Net Inc.
P.O. Box 1582, 1010 1/2 Salem Road
Mt. Vernon, IL  62864  US



RE:  Unauthorized Distribution of the Copyrighted Motion Picture Entitled
 The Karate Kid


Dear Abuse Department:

We are writing this letter on behalf of Columbia Pictures Industries Inc., 
(Columbia Pictures) who owns certain rights under copyright law in the title 
The Karate Kid.

You are receiving this notice because your Internet account was identified as 
having been used recently to copy and/or distribute illegally the copyrighted 
motion pictures and/or television shows listed at the bottom of this notice. 
This notice provides you with the information you need in order to take 
immediate action that can prevent serious legal and other consequences. These 
actions include: 

1. Stop downloading or uploading without authorization any 

Re: [WISPA] P2P/copyright notifications for RLC students

2010-10-22 Thread David E. Smith
On Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 09:28, Scott Carullo sc...@brevardwireless.comwrote:

 Did you mean to send this to a public list?  I would not imagine so...
 oops


Darned auto-complete. Yeah, please ignore that. :)

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Re: [WISPA] ARIN IPv4 resource request

2010-10-20 Thread David E. Smith
On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 11:17, Marlon K. Schafer o...@odessaoffice.comwrote:

 I guess I should probably go after some ipv6 space too.  Just so I have it
 available for someday if nothing else.


You'll need it in the next couple years, and it's effectively free. (ARIN
charges you the greater of your IPv4 or IPv6 allocation fees. I have a /19
of IPv4 space, and a /32 of IPv6 space, the latter just because.)


 I don't know of many consumer devices that can use it yet.


And neither of my upstream ISPs do native IPv6. Egg, chicken. Chicken, egg.
Hi.

Yeah, there's very little residential gear that would know what to do with
IPv6 address space (and, if you use radios that double as NATting routers
instead of just transparent bridges, relatively few of those that support
IPv6 either). Shame, that. Most IPv4 backhauls and such can pass IPv6
traffic just fine, but right now there are few places for the traffic to go
and few ways to get it there.

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Re: [WISPA] Mikrotik Dude 2GB Limitation

2010-10-19 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 10:23, Josh Luthman j...@imaginenetworksllc.comwrote:

 This is what I was referring to.  I don't want to spend my nights updating
 Windows.


Spending your nights updating FreeBSD or Linux isn't any better. No matter
what you're running, it probably will need occasional updates. I almost
always try to schedule those updates for after-midnight, to minimize the
number of users affected by whatever-it-is being down. The only exception to
this is if something is fairly redundant. I'm willing to do work on one of
the incoming mail servers or DNS servers, for instance, since there are
several of those and one being down for a few minutes during the day won't
even be noticed.

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Re: [WISPA] Looking for Bandwidth Manager

2010-10-15 Thread David E. Smith
On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 11:36, Marlon K. Schafer o...@odessaoffice.comwrote:

 Dennis has been around for a very long time.
 http://www.etinc.com/


I remember owning one of these, a long time ago. We had to pull it not
because of any issues with the software, but because of (indirect) hardware
problems. We used to not ground things as well as we do now. The system we
had had a PCI four-port Ethernet card installed, and over time lightning
rendered enough of the interfaces inoperable that we could no longer use the
system for that. (At the time, nobody in my office knew very much about
FreeBSD or NetBSD or whichever BSD it used, so replacing the card and simply
changing the interfaces' MACs in software wasn't feasible.)

From what I recall, the fact that you had a choice of both Web interfaces or
scriptable CLI to set up a bunch of rules quickly was nice, and this was
over eight years ago; I'm sure the product has improved greatly since then.

(For the record, we now use Mikrotik for bandwidth shaping. Nothing against
ETInc, as such, we've just moved on.)

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Re: [WISPA] Trango Apex V1.3.0 Stable Yet?

2010-10-12 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 19:31, Scott Carullo sc...@brevardwireless.comwrote:

 What issues?  I've been running it on two links for some time now and have
 noticed anything yet.  Maybe I'm not looking hard enough?


I don't know what issues specifically Trango was referring to, but while the
1.3.0 firmware has been on their Web site for a couple months, it was only
officially released about two weeks ago (and one of the files was quietly
updated in the interim). Trango Support told me not to use it, even though
it was on their FTP site for quite a while (labeled pending release), due
to some unspecified concerns they had.

I did install it on two Apex links (one 11Ghz, one 23GHz) as soon as they
said it was a final release, and I'm happy with it. While it introduced a
new cosmetic bug (the Web interface no longer shows the correct Tx/Rx
profiles in use, or the Ethernet interfaces' status if you use RPS), that's
a minor detail to me. The CLI has correct information for both of those, and
the fact that RPS actually WORKS properly (after two years of not working
reliably) brings me so much joy.

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Re: [WISPA] 11GHz fade margin

2010-09-29 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 11:51, Marco Coelho coelh...@gmail.com wrote:

 I'm looking at deploying some 11GHz gear.  I would like to do one path
 in two 27 Mile Hops.  Using 6' dishes I show a fade margin of 19db.
 Is this adequate for 11GHz at that rage?  At 5GHz - 6GHz, I would be
 fine with it.


I have a pair of Trango Apex radios in that band, for a 22-mile link. Four
foot antennas. One side is about 130' AGL, the other is (I think) 250'.

There have been some thermal ducting issues over the last few months - at
least I assume it's thermal ducting. Occasionally, for a minute or two the
link will lose 15-20 points of SNR, and that often pushes the error rate
high enough that the radios temporarily lose modem lock. Almost always
happens just before or after dawn (give or take an hour). It usually fixes
itself within a minute or two, fortunately. Probably qualifies for
four-nines reliability, which is good enough for my purposes.

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[WISPA] [OT] US hunters shoot down Google fiber

2010-09-21 Thread David E. Smith
I know some of you don't like competiton, but this is going a bit too far...

Google has revealed that aerial fibre links to its data centre in Oregon were
 regularly shot down by hunters, forcing the company to put its cables
 underground.


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Re: [WISPA] Convert Single Pol to Dual Pol

2010-09-17 Thread David E. Smith
On Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 14:36, Chris Gotstein ch...@uplogon.com wrote:

 We have some older Pac Wireless 2' 5.8Mhz 29db parabolic dishes serving
 as a PtP link.  We are going to be upgrading the radios connected to
 these dishes, and the new radios support dual polarity.  Does anyone
 know if you can just swap out the feed horn on the dishes from single
 pol to dual pol?  Would sure be easier than hauling up a whole new dish
 setup.  If this would work, anyone got sources that i can buy just a
 feed horn?  Thanks.


I forget where we bought the feedhorns from, but this can be done.

We actually just replaced two of them, doing exactly what you describe.
There was a catch, though. The feedhorn has two N connectors, a few inches
and ninety degrees apart. One of the two dishes had a smaller hole in the
center, and my climber had to take up snips and a rasp, and basically put a
small notch in the center of the dish, to get the new feedhorn to fit. The
other dish was older, or newer, or something, and already had a suitable
small notch in the center.

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Re: [WISPA] Cogent in St. Louis

2010-09-10 Thread David E. Smith
I can't speak to Cogent in Saint Louis specifically, but be aware that
Cogent has a bit of a history with peering disputes, and occasionally cuts
off (or is cut off from) largish chunks of the Internet. I don't know if I'd
want to single-home to Cogent, but as part of a robust multi-homed solution,
sure.

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Re: [WISPA] OT: Looking for Layer 3 Switch with BGP?

2010-09-08 Thread David E. Smith
On Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 16:31, Matt Jenkins m...@smarterbroadband.netwrote:

 I am trying to find a Layer 3 switch that has 24 or 48 1000 base-T ports
 with enough RAM to handle Full BGP Internet Routes. Anyone have any
 suggestions?

 For those who wonder why I am upgrading all of my backhauls to
 support ~300mbps. In addition I need to be able to offer BGP connections
 to customers from this ring of backhauls.


Seems like an interesting combination of things there. If I may ask, why
don't you leave the ring stuff and switching to the switches, and routing
stuff like BGP to separate routers? It'll probably make things a lot easier
to set up, and you'll be free to get the best switches and the best routers
for your needs instead of trying to find something that's only so-so at
either task.

(Not intended as criticism, I'm actually kinda curious about this network
layout.)

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Re: [WISPA] OT: Looking for Layer 3 Switch with BGP?

2010-09-08 Thread David E. Smith
On Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 17:09, Matt Jenkins m...@smarterbroadband.netwrote:

 I have 8+ backhauls at some sites. I want to move from a bridged network
 to a routed network using MPLS. This would simplify handing off business
 ethernet connections. It would also reduce all of the broadcast traffic
 going across the backhauls and reduce the VLAN management required. But
 I cant find a router that has more than about 6 1000base-T ports so I
 was thinking a Layer 3 switch that has 1GB of ram might be easier to
 find. The switch would also have the backplane to handle the traffic.


If you're going that route, it might be easier just to MPLS the BGP
customers all the way back to your NOC (or another central point a couple
steps removed from the towers), and do the BGP peering there. To the
customer, it still should look like one Ethernet segment so they don't have
to do multihop. Maybe still have a couple of these locations and multi-home
their BGP sessions. They'll still get all the benefits of your fancy
network, and suitable hardware will probably be a lot less expensive if you
only have to buy a couple big routers for your BGP sessions instead of
fitting it all into a large expensive switch.

Anyway, I can't find anything in the low end of the Cisco line that offers
that much RAM. No Catalyst gear, for instance. You'll likely need to look a
bit higher up in the router space, honestly. Probably not Cisco CRS
high, but this could be a fairly pricey project, which is why I'm trying to
think of alternatives.

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Re: [WISPA] Port foward to external IP

2010-09-03 Thread David E. Smith
On Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 15:17, Cameron Kilton c...@midcoast.com wrote:

 We have an office router which has a fairly locked down network. We have
 recently setup good apps on a staff domain and I want to setup port
 forward for POP3 to forward to the the pop.gmail.com IP.


 MY router has a real routed IP and the WAN interface how can I route
 port 110 through that to the external IP of 74.125.93.109 which is
 gmails pop server


First, keep in mind that Gmail doesn't support unencrypted POP3; you'll have
to use POP-over-SSL, which is on a different port and may not be supported
by some really old email clients. (The same applies to SMTP and IMAP, in
case such things are important to you.)

Second, you may want to find a way to do the forwarding by name instead of
IP, since Gmail has multiple addresses which could change (I just nslookup'd
pop.gmail.com and got a different IP from the one you listed above, for
instance).

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Re: [WISPA] netflix/hulu IP's

2010-09-01 Thread David E. Smith
On Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 11:20, Tom DeReggi wirelessn...@rapiddsl.net wrote:

 Who's gonna pay for that? Should I have to give up my profits this year, so
 that it can be re-invested into my network once again, so Hulu and NetFlix
 can continue to get rich?


If you want to keep residential customers in a competitive market, yeah,
you're gonna have to ease back on the profit-taking and build out your
network.

(I noted that you said you primarily serve business customers, so keep in
mind that you is the generic ISP, not you personally.)



 I am sick and tired of this attitude that consumers are entitled and
 content providers are entitled. They are not entitled to a free ride.


Nobody has a free ride in this, though. Netflix/Hulu/whoever is paying TV
and movie companies for the right to redistribute content via the Internet,
and is paying Akamai/Limelight/whoever for bandwidth to do the actual
distribution. The end-user is paying Netflix for access to their collection
of movies, and is paying you for Internet connectivity in order to receive
bits from the Internet (in this case, bits from Netflix).


Sure... I'm perfectly fine with the bandwdith management method of control.
 Bandwdith limit video web sites to 64kbps, and for $9.95 I'll bump it up to
 1mbps.


And I'd be fine with charging my customers one penny per bit (or buy a whole
byte for only six cents!) but the customers probably wouldn't like that plan
very much at all. If your users are okay with this, go right ahead.

Whats important to me is that laws are not made that empower moochers to
 have the right to unlimited mooching, at the expense of honorable
 businessmen access providers.


Who, in this scenario, is mooching?

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Re: [WISPA] netflix/hulu IP's

2010-08-31 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 12:51, Robert Kim Wireless Internet Advisor 
evdo.hs...@gmail.com wrote:

 WAIT...

 Is it even legal to block IP addresses???


Your network, your rules. Legally, you can probably block whatever you want.
Doing so without informing your users (customers, for ISPs) is ethically
very iffy, but legally it's probably just fine. (Not a lawyer, et cetera)

It's probably a very bad idea, but that's another discussion. :)

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Re: [WISPA] netflix/hulu IP's

2010-08-30 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 11:07, Kurt Fankhauser k...@wavelinc.com wrote:

  Whats the IP’s to block so my customers can’t use Netflix and Hulu.




It would be just about impossible to do. Netflix uses Akamai, and Hulu uses
a mixture of Akamai and Limelight for content delivery services. These are
the same content-delivery services used by just about everyone that has lots
of content to distribute to lots of people (I'm pretty sure Microsoft uses
Akamai for Windows Update, for instance) - Akamai claims they're responsible
for 15 to 20 percent of all Web traffic on any given day, so blocking Akamai
wholesale would probably be the worst idea.

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Re: [WISPA] netflix/hulu IP's

2010-08-30 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 11:47, Kurt Fankhauser k...@wavelinc.com wrote:

  Whats your thoughts on blocking limelight IP’s just for the customers
 that are abusing the service.


If you mean that they're abusing your service, you'll have to clarify what
that means - the customer pays for bits to be delivered, and you're
delivering them. If you sell an unlimited service, them's the breaks. If
you bill by usage, just send them their next bill showing all the overages
they incurred, and that probably will be an effective deterrent all by
itself. :)

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Re: [WISPA] Comcast

2010-08-26 Thread David E. Smith
On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 16:55, Jeremie Chism jchi...@gmail.com wrote:

 Comcast has just rolled out their 50/10 and 100/20 service here. At 189.99
 for 50/10 I was seriously considering ordering one as a backup connection if
 my main connection failed. Talked to the sales manager and they had no
 problem with it and would put it on the contract. Any suggestions or has
 anyone else had a dealing with this type connection as a backup.


Wouldn't you have to get them to run BGP over this connection, so you can
keep things online? I suppose this would work if you were really desperate,
and willing to basically NAT your whole network, but you wouldn't want to do
that for more than a couple hours while the real links are repaired.

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Re: [WISPA] Trango APEX v1.3.0 live

2010-08-25 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 15:01, Steven McGehee l...@qx.net wrote:

 Just wanted to let you guys know, Trango released v1.3.0 today -- I was
 talking to them on the phone and they mentioned it would go live this
 week. It's on their FTP now, no release notes unfortunately.


You may want to be careful with this. I've been waiting for 1.3.0 to fix a
pretty big showstopper bug (where RPS will disable the radio's data ports
but not re-enable them later), and while there's something on their FTP
dropbox, a Trango tech just told me that 1.3.0 hasn't yet officially been
released because of a last-minute bug.

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Re: [WISPA] Good Source for Rackmount Servers?

2010-08-24 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 01:15, Matt Larsen - Lists li...@manageisp.comwrote:

  I have a need for about ten 2U/4U rackmount servers.All will be
 running Linux, so 4gig RAM, 2ghz or better CPU and ATA drives are
 preferred.   Does anyone one the list have recommendations?


If the workload is one that can be virtualized, buy one or two big servers
(order the drives and RAM from Newegg to save money) and get VMware ESXi.

If not, I've been happy with eRacks (eracks.com), or of course Dell.

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Re: [WISPA] Trango Apex fiber module

2010-08-18 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 21:30, Scott Carullo sc...@brevardwireless.comwrote:

 Those of you familiar with which ones work do you know which model from
 this website will work best?

 http://www.oemoptic.com/


The whole point of SFPs is that (in theory, anyway) they're pretty much
interchangeable, so long as you have the same optics at both ends and
compatible fiber between. For mine, we've got the official Trango ones in a
couple radios, a couple horribly-overpriced Dell ones, and a bunch of $50
ones from Newegg, and they all inter-operate perfectly.

If you're using multi-mode fiber (and for a tower, you probably are),
something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833516014
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Re: [WISPA] Single radio or multiple radios in the same box?

2010-08-18 Thread David E. Smith
On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 06:42, Paolo Di Francesco 
paolo.difrance...@teleinform.com wrote:

 Obviously using 2 radios in the same RB (e.g. RB433) is not a bad idea,
 the cost is lower, but I was wondering if this can lead to some
 interference considering that the radios could be working on adjacent
 channels.


If you can avoid it, don't put two radios on the same band, in the same
enclosure. A 2.4 and 5.3 are okay, but if you have two 2.4 radios (for
example) you may have weird cross-talk and interference issues.

If you're not sure, just put up that second board; it's only a couple
hundred bucks, and could save you a lot of headaches.

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Re: [WISPA] Single radio or multiple radios in the same box?

2010-08-18 Thread David E. Smith
On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 08:47, Eric Rogers ecrog...@precisionds.com wrote:

 Why not use N radios?  If you don't like UBNT Rockets, then look at
 Mikrotik 411s with Baltic Networks' Ubitik device.  You can buy the UBNT
 dual-polarity dishes, but use Mikrotiks on them.


Depends on the radio, but the Mikrotik R52N cards have been a bit flaky -
mostly weird problems where the receive sensitivity doesn't seem to be as
good as some of their older cards.

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Re: [WISPA] Stimulus money creating jobs in MO

2010-08-16 Thread David E. Smith
On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 13:57, Jim Patient sa...@jeffcosoho.com wrote:

  $24,400,00/70=$348,571.42/job created.

The broadband stimulus package had increasing access to broadband as a
primary goal, and creating jobs was at best a second-order effect. If the
primary goal were to create jobs or reduce unemployment, yes, there are many
more cost-effective ways to do so, but that wasn't the point of that little
part of the 2009 stimulus bill.

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Re: [WISPA] OT Friday. ;-)

2010-08-13 Thread David E. Smith
On Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 15:12, lakel...@gbcx.net wrote:

 OK. Not being the computer genius that I want to be can anyone give me an
 economical lead on Windows XP Pro SP3 operating system which is legal and
 valid. I need programs for a handful of machines


You can still buy OEM media and licenses from a number of resellers, like
Newegg. XP Pro should be around $150 per license.

Depending on what you're doing, it may be easier/cheaper to get a small
volume license of Windows 7 Professional, then use Windows XP Mode (a
customized copy of Microsoft Virtual PC with a pre-installed XP
environment).

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Re: [WISPA] MS Sys7 connection Problem, need help

2010-08-13 Thread David E. Smith
On Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 16:08, Ron Wallace rwall...@newgenet.net wrote:

 All,

 Since the last week of July we have had a number, 8-10 now, of customers
 that have MicroSoft System 7 on thier PC's, and they cannot connect to the
 Canopy network.  After configuring the Local Area Connection properly, when
 the browser is open the 'local area connection' looses access to the net.

 Has anyone else experienced similar behavior?  I'm not that familiar Sys7.
 At the same time my laptop,running XP, will hook-up and 'go nuts'.  Any
 clues, I need help.



If you're using the Canopy to NAT, its default IP is 169.254.1.1. That's the
same block of IPs used by Windows for DHCP link-local addresses (
169.254.0.0/16). Windows 7 refuses to route traffic out through a link-local
address.

Solution: change your Canopy's internal IP from the default 169.254.1.1 to
something like 10.0.0.1 or 192.168.1.1 (basically, one of the proper RFC1918
blocks).

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Re: [WISPA] OT Friday. ;-)

2010-08-13 Thread David E. Smith
On Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 17:20, DJ Anderson d...@shelbybb.com wrote:

  Get a TechNet account.



 300 Bucks a year and you get basically 10 licenses of all new and old
 Microsoft products, you even get licenses for the new stuff that they
 release.


With the (significant) caveat that they're for your own private
development/testing/evaluation use - you generally can't legally use your
Technet stuff in any sort of production environment.

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Re: [WISPA] Content Filtering

2010-08-11 Thread David E. Smith
2010/8/11 Luis Abenza Sánchez l...@excom.es

 We want to add content filtering service to our WISP, especially for kids
 control.
 We are thinking about CensorNet Pro.


I'd suggest you have a nice long talk about this with your lawyer before
doing anything like this. Sounds like a good way to open yourself up to
liability if your blocking isn't 100% effective (it won't be) and little
Timmy sees Janet Jackson's breast pop out or something.

(I know you're in Spain, or at least have a .es email address, and I don't
know what your country's laws are like, but at least in the US this looks
likes something you'd want to be very cautious about doing.)

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Re: [WISPA] Google, VZ and Net Neutrality

2010-08-05 Thread David E. Smith
On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 11:31, chris cooper ccoo...@intelliwave.com wrote:



 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/05/technology/05secret.html?_r=1hp


Google already has publicly denied this:
https://twitter.com/googlepubpolicy/status/20393606477
@NYTimes https://twitter.com/NYTimes is wrong. We've not had any convos
with VZN about paying for carriage of our traffic. We remain committed to an
open internet.

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Re: [WISPA] Tell Google not to destroy the Internet

2010-08-05 Thread David E. Smith
On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 12:45, Patrick Leary ple...@apertonet.com wrote:

 They are closing a deal with Verizon on Monday that will essentially
 blackmail content providers. Want your content to get through faster?
 Pay us. That is pretty much it in a nutshell. Maybe ISPs around the
 world should block Google entirely unless they pay you then.


Both Google and Verizon have already stated that this is false. The New York
Times reporter, I'd guess, just saw zomg Google and Verizon are talking
about stuff and invented the rest.

http://mashable.com/2010/08/05/google-verizon-net-neutrality-2/ has a bit
better summary of the issues.

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Re: [WISPA] [WISPA Members] Health Insurance

2010-08-03 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 06:30, Chuck Hogg ch...@shelbybb.com wrote:

 In addition to that those that don’t have health insurance and go to the
 hospital, cause increases in insurance and hospital fees for all of us.
 Part of the reason insurance is so expensive is that the hospitals are only
 collecting .04 on the $1.  Essentially, for every 1 person that pays 24
 people do not.  That’s why a Tylenol costs $10, because they have to make it
 up on the people that can afford to pay.



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Re: [WISPA] Monitor / Notify App

2010-07-30 Thread David E. Smith
On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 22:46, Dennis Burgess dmburg...@linktechs.netwrote:

 The dude :)  Cheap, FREE! Windows!  E-mails, SMS :)


I'm getting more and more bitter with The Dude as time goes on. If it would
keep running without requiring me to restart it every few days at random,
that'd be one thing, but ...

For a temporary link, it should be good enough, though.

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Re: [WISPA] IPPay

2010-07-23 Thread David E. Smith
On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 12:38, RickG rgunder...@gmail.com wrote:

 I need feedback on IPPay. -RickG


If you have the in-house development expertise to talk to their API, it
probably would be wonderful. We couldn't use it here, because our old (and
proprietary) billing system doesn't support it, and after several months
their promised authorize.net-compatible interfaces never showed up.

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Re: [WISPA] IPPay

2010-07-23 Thread David E. Smith
On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 12:59, Chris Gotstein ch...@uplogon.com wrote:

 Emerald from IEA Software


You're using IEA Emerald with IPPay? What version of Emerald are you using?
(I'm on a slightly older version, 4.5.something, and there was no IPPay
support there.)

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Re: [WISPA] OT: Tape backup

2010-07-14 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 21:45, Marlon K. Schafer o...@odessaoffice.comwrote:

 If neither of those work for ya, it's pretty hard to beat a usb external
 drive these days.


Concur. Right now, my backup solution is a 2TB external USB drive, which
cost about $200 and almost certainly is even less expensive now. Actually we
have two of them, and use Windows SyncToy to keep the second one up-to-date;
it goes home with me every few days, providing cheap offsite backups too.

(Since someone will probably ask: For desktops, DeltaCopy, a Windows version
of rsync; the servers are almost all virtualized, and backups are done by
vRanger Pro.)

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Re: [WISPA] DD-WRT

2010-07-13 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 13:03, Robert West robert.w...@just-micro.comwrote:

 I couldn’t afford 900 bucks for a 9600 baud USR.  Besides, my CompuServe
 bill was over 500 bucks per month as it was.


I suddenly feel so young. I remember saving up $100 for a 14.4kbps modem
around the time I started college in 1994.

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Re: [WISPA] Rural Telco in Washington Gets $17,763 per line

2010-07-13 Thread David E. Smith
On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 15:50, MDK rea...@muddyfrogwater.us wrote:


 I always look at it as if I were the customer, and what would things be
 like
 if it were ME paying the bill.Maybe that's the wrong attitude, because
 honestly, it tends to make me undercharge.Objectively, you have to set
 a
 'what your time is worth' value and stick to it.But when you do that,
 often you find that your bill is absurdly expensive.  like a $250 bill for
 fixing some guy's computer.   A computer that's not worth 300 bucks.


Once you've done enough of that sort of work, you'll know about how long a
given repair will take, assuming there are no wacky complications. You can
make a somewhat educated estimate of the cost, and you already know how fast
technology depreciates. If you tell them that it's cheaper to buy a new PC
than to fix the old one, and they still want you to do the work, do the
work.

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