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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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Nov 13 / thebrotherswisp

TheBrothersWISP 36 – Telecom Mergers, Hidden System Accounts, Brocade, hEX

This week has Greg, Mike, and Tomas(just before he caught a flight), doing a little news updating. We spoke a lot about telecom providers acquiring each other, and why we think it may be happening(spoiler alert, we complain about it hehe). We also talk a little about hardware and security.

Topics include:

  • Trango hidden root account
  • WISP-Router closed up shop
  • Baicells supporting VXLAN
  • Cambium ePMP to support MAC-Telnet/MAC-SSH
  • Centurylink to acquire L3 $34B in cash
  • Crown Castle buys FPL FiberNet $1.5B
  • Private Equity buys Intelliquent (former Neutral Tandem, GTT bought the IP network)
  • CenturyLink sells DataCenters
  • Windstream buys Earthlink
  • GTT buys Hibernia
  • Lumos buys Clarity
  • Tomas Slovakian Outage
  • Mikrotik hEX V3
  • Broadcom acquiring Brocade
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    Nov 3 / Greg

    Mikrotik hEXr3

    If you look at the new newsletter this month, it basically reads as just an advertisement for the new hEX rev 3…and for good reason. For one, Andrew Thrift is excited about these things, which means they are something special.


    • 880 MHz CPU, 2 cores with 4 threads total
    • 256 MB RAM
    • Full size USB
    • microSD slot for “Dude server” support
    • IPsec hardware acceleration ~450 Mbps
    • Same form factor
    • Same price ~$60

    So as you can see it occupies the same footprint, so it’s the size/shape that I love. The real upgrade is the proc. It’s a MIPS(MT7621A) that has dual cores which is reported to give you 4 threads. That’s a fair bit of processing power in a small/cheap package. It’s due to this they say, ad nauseam, that it is “Dude server ready.”

    They’ve been making updates to the dude, and it seems evident they are committed to bringing it up to snuff. They even placed a microSD slot on this device for fast/persistent Dude DB writing(up to 128GB). I’ve been attempting to run the Dude on an older 2011, with mixed results(it usually pegs the proc even with low utilization).

    It also boasts a full size USB port for 3g/4g or harddrive/flash storage. This could also be used as Dude storage or SMB sharing.

    Part of the chip design includes some IPSec offload which means you will can get accelerated encryption without murdering the processors. Looks like some of their testing shows 225Mb unidirectionally. It seems they’ve taken some of Alex’s exhaustive testing to heart, and are ensuring that packets are not being reordered.

    They are saying that with routed 1400B packets they are getting 1972Mb of throughput. I’m guessing this means under real world conditions with some firewalling and possibly some queuing you should be able to get ~500Mb+ of throughput.

    This honestly sounds like a solid tower router. Small power/formfactor along with the standard MTK features. I can also see this as being a good managed router for business customers. I can imagine being able to replace 90% of datacenter customer WAN routers with one of these…hehe.

    What are your thoughts guys…good, bad, ugly?

    Nov 1 / thebrotherswisp

    Wispapalooza 2016 – Presentation Wrapup

    Greg, Mike, Miller, and Tom talk about the show in general and some of the presentations. We ask the question “Can anyone have too much Tom in their life?”

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