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TheBrothersWISP Podcast 8 – Andrew Thrift, MPLS, MTK Newsletter 41

This go around we have Greg, Andrew Cox, JJ Boyd, and surprise guest Andrew Thrift.

Thrift is our pal from New Zealand. He is a network engineer with a wide range of experiences, though we only really grilled him about his MPLS experience with Mikrotik and about where he buys his hair products. BTW when Andrew talks about carting he is talking about racing go-carts!

We talk about:
– My initial thoughts on MTK MPLS
– We also speak about VPLS a layer 2 tunneling option.
Hardware in the MTK 41 newsletter: RB2011UAS-2HnD, RB44Ge, and RB2011L-RM. My thoughts.
Aircontrol2 beta video.
Aircontrol2 wiki.
Speculation on Dude V2.
JJ talks about tower Ice Bridges.
JJ also shares with us his love for the beaglebone.

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  1. Sam Anderson / Aug 29 2012

    Replaced Justin?!?! Say it aint so?!?!? 🙁 sad

  2. greg / Aug 29 2012

    Nah, Justin was just too god for us last night…hehe. We couldn’t get hold of him, so we called in a stunt double.

  3. Justin M / Aug 29 2012

    What? You couldn’t reach me?!?! 😉 (I know, it’s Justin W…)

  4. Greg / Aug 30 2012


  5. Wayne Hancock / Aug 31 2012

    Love the show guys!

    I check daily to see if there is new content!

  6. greg / Aug 31 2012


    If you use an RSS reader, you could just subscribe 🙂

  7. Ty / Sep 2 2012

    Hey Greg, any chance you would share your Mikrotik template for Cacti? I have been trying to graph just the things you mentioned on the podcast but keep hitting snags. Thanks for a great podcast!

  8. greg / Sep 2 2012

    I’ve been using the same one for ages…I believe it is this one

  9. greg / Sep 5 2012


    I’m using generic Cisco compatible SFPs with good success. I can usually get these between $20-30 USD.

    The best way to start is generally to NAT everyone to a single IP. If you have a business customer, do a 1 to 1 NAT at your border of a public IP to their specific private. This should be the cheapest and easiest option for you to start on.

  10. edward / Sep 6 2012

    Thanks for the info!

    Ya’ll need to set up a forum – like UBNT, but vendor agnostic and more expansive – the combined skills you guys have here will be a great foundation/seed to spool up. Your videos will drive a lot more visitors.

  11. greg / Sep 6 2012

    Sounds like a good idea, but I’m not sure we would really have time to keep up with it 🙂 I would be afraid questions would get missed.

  12. edward / Sep 7 2012

    If you continue to attract more experts, it becomes a self-servicing community with less involvement of every forum, and do the highlighted posts (videos, etc, like you do now) to continue to draw people in. You guys would be the forum founders/leaders.

    Your consulting businesses would probably go through the roof.

    Couple questions:
    1) You mentioned in one of your videos a web site you like where you can get used Cisco gear cheap. Can you remind me where that is?

    2) Someone mentioned the idea of having pre-terminated fiber runs for tower installs. Any sources on where to order that? I’m assuming this means putting SFP terminators on two ends of a 300 foot (or whatever the tower height dictates) fiber, yes? I need this for an install on a high-RF tower (5 x 100kw stations within 50m).

    3) Blue Suits (RF suits) – where is a good source for these? I found some, but I’d love a referral.

  13. greg / Sep 7 2012


    Consulting is less important to me now than community support and putting decent content out 🙂

    3. have to ask JJ or Justin 🙂

  14. lorsungcu / Sep 7 2012

    love this cast, have not found anything like this yet. really nice. can you explain the benefit of using MPLS on a point to point link? seems like it makes more sense on routes that might have more than a single endpoint?

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