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Ultimate Mesh        HOW TO's

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Basic EZ 1-2-3 Ultimate Mesh Setup

  • Purchase Ultimate Mesh Hardware 
  • Make/Test or Purchase Cat 5 Ethernet Cable.
  • Log Into DashBoard and add mesh unit into network.
  • Plug Ethernet port of Access Point into DHCP server/DSL Router/Cable Modem/Router
  • Wait for Access Point update (1/2 - 1 hour) while system updates and adds software
  • Access Point is now ready to use as a gateway node.
  • For additional repeater nodes follow the above procedure then unplug Ethernet cable and reboot router

Bulk WISP Setup - Easy as 1-2-3

To setup your first network, first you need to register on our dashboard system.

Once the account is established ( takes 2 minutes ) you then add the MAC addresses of the Ultimate Mesh units you purchased from us into the system. See Dashboard Setup for extended details.  Once the mac address is added, the system will automatically update the configurations onto the Ultimate Mesh unit. (takes 30 minutes for complete updates) by simply leaving the units plugged in , allowing them to update from the Ultimate DashBoard. Once upgrades are done, simply unplug your node, and deploy. 

Dashboard setup and configuration

The Dashboard is optional configuration utility of a Ultimate Mesh.
 

  • Set up your mesh network as per "Basic Ultimate Mesh Setup"
  • Open a Free Dashboard account at CloudTrax.com
  • Select Create link
  • Once there, fill in the required information:
  • Master Login ID
  • Password
  • Email
  • First Name

To finish registration, press the Create button. You have successfully created your free basic management account!

  • Add all access points nodes (gateway or repeater) to the dashboard by using the devices MAC address printed on the device
  • First, login. 
  • Click Manage NetworkSign in with your username and password, and press the Add Node or Edit Node button based on function needed.
  • Node name  -Alphanumeric characters or underline character only. Space or spacial characters are not allowed.
  • MAC Address - MAC is in form of xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx. Find the code underneath the node. E.g. 00:02:4B:EA:3F:79
  • Node description - Brief descript of the node.
  • Administrator name Node administrator can be different from the network administrator.
  • Administrator email - This email address will be used as an identifier to list a subset of nodes managed by the administrator
  • Contact phone  
  • Contact address
  • Click Add node to complete task

Once into your system , you will see subsections: System SettingsNetwork Status, Sub-Group Nodes , Add Nodes, Edit Nodes, and Logout

To setup your network , after adding a few nodes, you will need to edit the system's settings.

Systems Setting Tab

  • Access Point 1 (Public) Settings (click unhide to see settings listed below)
  • Network Name (AP1 SSID)  -The SSID of public network (AP1). If the option [Use Node Name] is checked, individual node name will be used instead.
  • Network WPA Key -Password (key) for the this access point. Leave blank for an open network. KEYS MUST BE 8 CHARACTERS OR LONGER.
  • Use Node Name Allow each access point to broadcast its own node name.
  • Captive Portal Method
  • Use Captive Portal
  • Use Simple Access Control
    Use Complex Access Control
  • Chilli Operator
    CoovaAAA
    Other Chilli
    RADIUS Server 1
     
  • URL for RADIUS Service : RADIUS Server IP 
  • URL for RADIUS Service : RADIUS Server IP
  • RADIUS Secret  - Secret password for RADIUS access.
  • RADIUS NAS ID Network Access Server (NAS) ID. Leave it blank for Coova.net.
    UAM Server Name
  • User Access Management (UAM) server name. (e.g. https://www.coova.net)
  • UAM Secret Secret password for UAM access.
  • UAM User URL - UAM user interface URL. (e.g. /hotspot for Coova.net server, which is to be attached to the UAM server name.)
  • Default URLs - List of domains not restricted by the portal. Make sure your portal domain is on the list, and the payment service domain is on the list as well.
     

Access Point 2 (Private) Settings 
 

  • Enable AP2 /Hide ESSID Check to enable, uncheck to disable this access point.
  • Network Name (AP2 SSID) - The SSID of private access point.
  • Network Key - Password (key) for this access point. It is NOT possible to leave this field blank and have this be an open AP. MUST BE 8 CHARACTERS OR LONGER.

 

Advanced Settings

  • Root Password for Nodes
    Root password to login to all nodes on your network (via ssh or other secured methods). You should change this for security.
    LAN
    Un-block
    Block AP1 and AP2
    Block AP1 only
    Block AP2 only

    Block users on the wireless networks (AP1, AP2, or both) from accessing your wired LAN (on the new version of ROBIN firmware only).
    AP1 Isolation Check this box to prevent your AP#1 users from being able to access each other's computers.
    AP2 Isolation Check this box to prevent your AP#2 users from being able to access each other's computers.
    Radio Channel WiFi radio channel (1 - 11 in USA). If you change the channel, you may experience network outage during the transition. The transition may take up to 30 minutes.
    OLSR Protocol - Check the box to select OLSR protocol. Otherwise BATMAN protocol will be used. (Warning: All nodes have to be up when switching the protocol. Nodes off the network may not be able to re-join after the switch.)
    Freeze Firmware Version Keep the current version of firmware. Stop auto-upgrade.
    Strict Mesh Separate nodes of each network from sharing the gateway of others.
    Stand Alone - Enable stand-alone mode (operate as a private network when internet connection is not available).
    Enable Custom Shell URL Enable a custom script 'custom.sh'. IMPORTANT: This is an advanced feature. Please verify your script first as this has the potential to crash your network.

 

  • Dashboard Server Settings
Enable SSL Set nodes to checkin to the dashboard in SSL. Uncheck this box if the dashboard server does not support SSL. (Warning: your nodes may be orphaned if the box is checked but the dashboard is not on an SSL server.)

Alternate Dashboard Move the network to an alternate dashboard. Please remember to clear the field after forwarding the network to another dashboard so as to allow the network to come back to this dashboard. (Default: leave it blank.)

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