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Introduction To WiFi/Mesh Networking

Workshop Description and Materials


Overview: This workshop will cover the basic knowledge needed to configure and deploy a WiFi mesh networking node. It consists of several short modules. Each module is followed by a brief hands-on exercise. The modules cover network basics such as addressing, network equipment such as switches and routers, network design such as mesh, field power, and device configuration such as mesh nodes and VoIP telephones.
Intended Audience: Any new or experienced hams interested in building and deploying WiFi networks, particularly those using the Broadband HamNet mesh networking software.
Length: 3 hours
Participants must bring:
  • Portable (laptop, netbook, etc.) computer with:
    • Required: Ethernet connector
    • Optional: WiFi capability
    • Windows is preferred. The first exercise assumes you have a Microsoft Windows PC
    • If Linux, you must know how to configure the Ethernet and WiFi interfaces
    • If Mac, make sure you have the Firefox browser. We have seen problems with Safari.
  • Standard Ethernet patch cable (straight-through, 5 ft minimum length)
  • Download and install the free program "Angry IP Scanner" (
    • If you don't have a Java RTE installed, it will prompt to download and install that as well.
    • We will use this program in the exercises to scan the local network
  • Mesh node
    • If you have a mesh node, bring it. Make sure it has BBHN software v3.0.0 or greater.
    • If you don't have a mesh node, there will be units available for you to work with.
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Copy of workshop materials (below)
Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand basic networking concepts
  • Understand basic IP addressing and subnetting
  • Configure and connect a computer to a WiFi network
  • Configure a WiFi mesh networking node to connect to a network of other nodes
  • Configure a VoIP (Voice over IP) phone
  • Use the network to make phone calls, browse web pages, and perform other tasks.
Topics Covered:

The course agenda includes:

  • Networking terms
  • IP addressing
  • Exercise: IP addressing
  • Networking equipment and cabling
  • Exercise: equipment and cables
  • Network topologies
  • Broadband HamNet software
  • Exercise: mesh node configuration
  • Building your station
Scheduling Info:
Workshop Materials:

Revised:  11-Jun-2016

You can print or bring an electronic copy of the presentation:

You will need to bring a printed copy of the workbook:


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