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Feb 19 / thebrotherswisp

TheBrothersWISP 41 – Siklu 60-80Ghz, SIAE Microelettronica, Finding Employees

This week we have a QUICK cast with Tomas, Andrew Cox, Mike, and Greg.

This cast we talk about:
Unimus additional support for devices
Siklu does 60-80Ghz – no real details yet
Aaron Hausken‎ creates a rpi config to visually show dude status
SIAE Microelettronica
Where do you find your new employees?

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Feb 11 / Greg

The CellVFL – Cell Phone Fiber Visual Fault Locator

So occasionally I’ll hit a site where the documentation sucks or is just plain nonexistent. I’ll walk up to the fiber panel and I won’t have a clue which port is which. One of the quickest ways to verify fiber is via a VFL. Basically, you shine light down one end of the fiber, then look for the light in the panel.

They make cute little special purpose devices, but that means you have to keep one in your bag, and make sure the batteries aren’t dead…which mine always seem to be.

One thing of mine that is always juiced up is my cell phone, so why not utilize the crazy bright LED every phone has these days?

I painted it with acetone just to strengthen the layers

LED on my cell

Using a chip clip to hold it on the phone

Is that LED bright or what

LC connector squeezes right in

It’s pretty easy to pick out which fiber is which, right

So the CellVFL just clips right on the phone, then you simply slide your LC fiber into it…annnnnd that’s about it.

Grab the STL here and print your own!

Let me know if you end up printing/using it(comments/questions always welcome).

Feb 4 / thebrotherswisp

TheBrothersWISP 40 – Licensed Backhaul List, DWDM vs CWDM Pricing, Fiberstore Switches

Tomas and Greg shoot the poop in a quick and dirty episode.

We talk about :
Licensed backhaul comparrison
Upcoming Licensed Link show
Unimus adds Telnet – “I told you so”
Jimmy puts an AP on his drone for site surveys
Anyone use Radwin PTMP?
DWDM cheaper than CWDM at
CWDM 80km 10G for 600$
DWDM 80km 10G for 420$
Fiberstore switches
Gigabit aggregation
10Gb and 40Gb aggregation
Cisco clock signal component failure recall
TP-link unifi killer?

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Jan 22 / thebrotherswisp

TheBrothersWISP 39 – Mikrotik Gear, UCRM, pCells

This week we only have the best looking brothers: Cox, Miller, and the fairest of them all Greg.

We talk about:
Unimus 1.1.1 portal update
Chinog07 in May
NANOG69 – DC – Feb 6-8
Mikrotik cAP Lite – 2 cases w/ 3d print files
Mikrotik CSS326 – 24XG 2X10Gb – SwOS
Mikrotik CRS106
Mimosa spectrum analyzer breakdown

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Jan 7 / thebrotherswisp

TheBrothersWISP 38 – Hardware Catchup – Mimosa, Mikrotik, Ubiquiti

Wow, has it been a while…we’ve MISSED TWO SHOWS!!! Some of you even noticed 🙂 Greg, Andrew COX(sorry about the slip sir), Tomas, Miller, and Mike play catchup for the last month of videos. There’s a lot of hardware chat, get some.

This week we chat about:
WISPAmerica 2017 – Memphis
Midwest-IX STL and new branding
Unimus updates – new gear supported – installers
ISP Supplies buys Titan Wireless
Mimosa PTMP GPS Sync this year
Mimosa B11 radio with SFP port-11ghz radio
Mimosa a5-18 discontinued
Ignitenet 60Ghz radio resets/lockups – related to hardware fault – Please send an email to with a subject line of “Company Name – ML RMA”, using your own company name.
MTK Newsletter74
Pera’s Mesh blog posts
ePMP Elevate
Siklu etherhaul mandatory update

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Dec 22 / Greg

Mikrotik Newsletter 74

You can find the PDF Here.

A new design on the hAP ac lite called “the tower”.

• Dual chain wireless 802.11n 2.4GHz
• Single chain wireless 802.11ac 5GHz
• 650MHz CPU
• 64MB of RAM
• Five x 10/100Mbps Ethernet ports
• Passive PoE output on port 5
• USB port for 3G/4G modem or USB drive

Slick new spin on the ac lite. The PoE pass through is cute, but I really just see powering them via PoE.
I wonder if there are plans for this new case design to show up for the full AC models…

Then there’s the new LDF5.

This is a 5Ghz feed horn designed to attach to old(or new I suppose) satellite dishes. Looks like it might come with an adapter for attaching it also.

Looks like the marketing says a 100cm dish gives 30dBi of gain.

The far more interesting thing is the CRS317-1G-16S+RM. This is a 16 port 10Gb switch!

Ain’t it perdy?

• 16 SFP+ ports
• Hardware based spanning tree
• Will load SwOS or RouterOS on boot. Honestly, who would use SwOS…unless there are going to be some features they don’t make available in ROS.
So much speculation at this point. Is this the same chipset the UBNT Edgeswitch is using…what kind of proc will this dude have…?

A new Omnitik, the AC 5 is out.

There’s also an AC 5 PoE version that passes through .at power.

The CCR1009 has had an upgrade(which we spoke about on

The switch chip has been dumped so you get full 1Gb pipes to each port.
The chassis also sees a 12-30% performance increase.
I like the idea of having an SFP+ and an SFP port chassis that can do at least a couple gigs of throughput for around $500. Let’s see if they can tighten up the software to take advantage of what the Tile procs can provide.

Router OS 6.38.
This introduces TR-069. This is a protocol usually seen in DSL type equipment. It allows bulk provisioning and administration via an ACS server.
They also introduce IKEv2 and some sort of STP functionality for the CRS line…no real info on this.

Thoughts guys?

Nov 27 / thebrotherswisp

TheBrothersWISP 37 – London MUM 2016, Hardware, Mikrotik Bugs, INOG/IPv6

Greg, Mike, Tomas, and Tom ramble about a lot of things…we inadvertently spend a lot of time musing over Mikrotik and the mysterious version 7.

This week we chat about:
Unimus was at London MUM – update us
CCR1009 hardware change-no switchchip/more throughput
hAP lite new design/color
wAP Lte
Cavium chips (better CCRs?)
EdgeMax SFP+ Support
MTK Bug pre 6.22 upgrading to 6.37.0 or 6.37.1 – firewall establish/related removed
Juniper aggressive pricing
SpaceX satellite internet
ATT pole lawsuits
Mike wants SNMP DOM/DDM support for SFPs
Google outage in middle europe + east US
Ripe Training Courses…
A LOT of IPv6 stuff/nat64/dns64/dual stack

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