Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Broadband Hamnet - Ham Radio Mesh Network

I have 3 RF 2.4Ghz nodes working at home.
One node is on the roof pointing NW from Glenmore Park using a Ubiquiti Nanostation M2 with 600mw which includes an 11dBi MIMO (vertical and horizontal) antenna with a 60 Deg beamwidth.

The other 2 nodes are sitting in the shack - Uquiti AirGrid M2 horizontal 16dBi gridpack - Linksys WRT54G ver2.

These allow me to create a local RF mesh and test the implementation of various services across the network.

I have also managed to setup an internet tunnel server and client with the help of Darryl K5DLQ.
The tunnel client is now connected to the New Zealand mesh network via Eddie ZL2AQY.

This allows me to see mesh nodes from ZL, G, F, W, KH6, VE and I via the tunnel connections.

I have setup the following services on the mesh data network:
  • Web server, which currently houses a blog.
  • Simple keyboard to keyboard chat system.
  • TeamSpeak 3 Server which is sometimes connected to my IC-7100, scanning the local Western Sydney repeaters, or used for duplex VOIP (Audio).
  • Streaming live video camera 

So there you go - I'm having lots of fun and learning at the same time.

If anyone gets a mesh node up and running and would like to connect to my tunnel server or client, let me know.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S3 - NFC TecTiles - Australia

Samsung US have released the TecTiles NFC Tags for the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Can I get them in Australia?
If not, can I purchase them from the US store and will they work on my Australian SGS3?

I sent an email to Samsung Australia, and here is their reply:

"The TecTiles NFC Tags are only available in USA and Canada at the moment and we don't have a release date for it in Australia yet. It will be released once the TecTiles settings are compatible with the network providers in Australia. If you buy it from the US store we can not grantee if its going to work in Australia as there might be a compatibility issue. We suggest wait for TecTiles release in Australia so that there are no compatibility issues. "

Not sure what compatibility issues there might be with carriers when it is a phone hardware thing?

Anyway, I hope they arrive here soon....or maybe someone can send me one from the US to try? ;-)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Connecting the Samsung Galaxy S3 to Kies via USB

Connecting my new Samsung Galaxy S3 to Kies via Wi-Fi worked first time, but trying to connect it via a USB cable failed every time.

Here is what worked for me:

  • Unplug the USB cable from the GS3
  • go to "Settings" > "Developer Options"
  • Enable "USB debugging"
  • Connect the USB cable from the GS3 to the PC
  • The PC will now install a bunch of drivers automatically
  • When the drivers have installed, unplug the USB cable from the GS3
  • go to "Settings" > Developer options"
  • Disable "USB debugging"
  • Connect the USB cable from the PC to the GS3

After doing this, the SGS3 connected to Kies

Saturday, June 2, 2012

ElcomCMS: Place arrow on panalbar menu item with sub items

The default ElcomCMS panalbar menu does not have functionality to place an indicator on menu items that have sub items. This is very important for usability.

You can implement this by inserting the following code in your PostCustomJavaScript.js file.

// Place arrows on each panalbar menu item that has sub-items
$(document).ready(function() {
        if($(this).css('display') == "none"){

You will also need to add something like the following to your site CSS file.
Obviously this will depend on how your menu is styled and where the indicator images are located :

    background: url("/images/UserUploadedImages/arrow_blue_side.gif") no-repeat scroll 160px center;
    background: url("/images/UserUploadedImages/arrow_blue_down.gif") no-repeat scroll 160px center;

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I'm Always in the Kitchen at Parties

My daughter Lauren had a get-to-gether with some of her friends at the weekend. The theme was Halloween. Hopefully they liked the food :-)

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

SECRET: Don't tell anyone about Community Manager.NET CMS name change

Apparently, Community Manager.NET is going to have a new name. The new name will be "ElcomCMS".

Don't tell anyone, because it hasn't been announced officially yet ;-)