New high speed connection :-)

woo hoo .. on a hot Manitoba afternoon, discussions back and forth between William (ve4vr) and myself – we decided (or better yet -he said let’s do it!) to add a node on my QTH to point to our STV 5GHz site.  Time was of the essence – given both had family functions that may just work out to squeeze in this little function of ours.  While we haven’t done much with our VA4WAN project for a while, we’ve been able to get a number of items that are just great additions to our project for linking and end-user connections.

We head out to our closet at WSC and rummage and count the 5GHz devices and choose one that will do the job.   No dings in the dish and looks A-ok from the outside, so we grab that, and head back to his QTH, re-flash it to current firmware, set it to work in the bands we need and grab some tools and  back to my QTH we go.  Grabbing the ladder and putting it up the backside of the house, and William’s already up on top bolting it to the tripod and aiming it at the site:

… so, with this new connection, we get about -56db at best, not bad given the noise floor!

It’s there somewhere!!  Zooming in we get …

Running the wire into the house with the existing wires and plugging it into my nice Mikrotik cloud router, we see that with the current routing/bridging, I have to disconnect the 2.3GHz connection from 55N from the switch until I get the bridging/routing straightened out.

So, up it comes and we check out the speed again .. not bad at 20Mbps up and 20Mbps down on average!  That, with about a 4ms ping time to our provider ( and all is great!

I’ve run the 2.3GHz connection to 55N for quite some time and I’ve always enjoyed the ability for having our own IP address space – and I’ve used that extensively for all my ham projects and gear that’s IP connected.  It just works.  Mind you, my speed has been consistently around 2.5Mbps, so this adds up to a factor of almost 10X!  Naturally, part of this speed increase is because of the increase in bandwidth utilization, but still – that’s a fair amount of speed increase.  This will certainly help with the digital audio I run through the system and remote access as well – so a great addition to the shack.  Thanks William for your help and push to get it on.  Now, we have some more guys to get hooked up to the new(er) connection.
The time is right if you’re interested in getting involved, we have a great group buy going on with some gear that we hope to get on the air for interested hams.

73, Dan ve4drk