Starting at 8:30am, Paul (Pazza), Matthew (Machspeed), Sam (Tanuki), Shawn (DJ_HiP) and Tony (Tomeyer) met David (Wimp) on site at Lonsdale to begin the days work. With the site already having a confirmed signal from Cement Hill thanks to the stumble two weeks ago the build got started.
The weather outlook for Saturday was not faring well, with a forecasted 37°C the hope was to complete everything during the morning to ensure the heat was missed.
Now with everything on the roof everybody go to work drilling, screwing, mounting, running and attaching everything!
All equipment was connected using Ubiquiti ToughCable with Shielded Connectors to ensure the ethernet runs are as safe as possible.
Once everything was attached to the mast, the mast was then raised and the ToughCable cable tied to the mast to ensure a clean, safe and good looking install. All Guy wires were then given their final tightening to get the mast vertical and sturdy.
Cabling was done under the ridge cap, as to not create any further penetrations in the roof, it was then run internally, cable tied to the steel, to a server box on the wall.
Inside the server box is a MikroTik RB750UP, handling all the core Routing and PoE.
Unlike normal installations, Lonsdale also has a complete x86 Ubuntu server, due to the fact Lonsdale is so far (network wise) from its nearest network services box we have decided to run a server primarily for the southern part of the network (DNS, File Mirroring and other services) to ensure if any links between Lonsdale and the northern part of the networks go down, members will still have services intact.
An RJ45 Socket was installed on the wall in the shed to give Surf Life Saving an easy point to connect into the Air-Stream network. Once West Beach is online SLS will be able to have network connectivity from West Beach through to Lonsdale with the click of a network cable!
As this is a Core Node which is entirely funded by Air-Stream here is the costing:
|Ubiquiti NanoBridge M5-25||$120.00||1||$120.00||Cement Hill Backbone|
|RF Elements 120deg Sector||$105.00||2||$210.00||North and South Sector|
|Ubiquiti Rocket M5||$120.00||2||$240.00||North and South Sector|
|SuperPass 8dBi Omni||$50.00||1||$50.00||AP|
|Ubiquiti Bullet M2||$100.00||1||$100.00||AP|
|MikroTik RB750UP||$70.00||1||$70.00||Core Router and PoE|
|12m Teloscopic Mast||$170.00||1||$170.00||Mast|
|Ridgecap Roof Mount||$20.00||1||$20.00||Mast Base|
|Galv 4mm FSWR (Wire Rope)||$0.56||120m||$67.32||Guy Wires|
|Wire Rope Grips||$0.45||40||$18.04|
|Hills Mast Extension Ubolts||$17.00||1||$17.00||Omni Mount|
|Steel for Guy Wire Mounts||$35.00||1||$35.00|
As this also, in a sense, completes our 'Go South!' goal of 2012, below is an image of just how large Air-Stream now is from its most northern connected node, to the most southern (Lonsdale), this is also the first site to be further south than the old O'Halloran Hill site!
This now brings our North to South Network Distance up again!
Thanks again to everybody that helped and to SLS for providing such a great site.