YouTube Layer7 Matcher

Here is an easy Layer7 matcher  I stumbled across for YouTube.  I suspect it should work with other video streaming sites but I have not tested it yet.  I mainly wanted to post it quickly before I forgot!

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Visiting Canada’s Capital and Storm Internet

I had two pleasures today, meeting with Jonathan Black, CFO of Storm Internet, Ottawa and seeing Canada’s parliament.  Thank you Jonathan for the meeting and thank you Canada for your parliamentary hospitality!

Storm has been a customer of ISP Supplies for many years and serves a large portion of Ottawa, Ontario with dialup, fixed wireless and DSL.  We are proud of our partnership and value Storm as a loyal customer.
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I also was able to visit Canada’s Parliament building in Ottawa, lot’s of history and an honor to experience.

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Steps Making Clunk Going in and Out, Then Stopped Working

The electric steps were making a hesitation and clunking sound going in and out, then finally in Benton, Arkansas stopped working altogether.  The replacement motor was expensive and hard to find, special order, so after some Googling I found out it is simply a window motor from several Ford vehicles.  The one that works best is this one from O-Reillys.  The only thing I had to do was drill out the mounting holes to fit my bolts, 5/16″ if I remember correctly.  The cost was $49 and available anywhere in the US, compared to the original which is $200 and special order.

The number on the OEM motor was 300-1406 and Googling generally takes you to a post similar to this one.

The O’Reilly;s part number is 42-339.  This one works!

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Leaking Roof

The most dreaded thing that can happen to an RV because if allowed to go unchecked, it cause devastating damage.  mine happened when I hit the brakes in rain, woosh a wall of water came down on top of me.  The cause was the front cap separating from the roof because the sheet metal screws had backed out and some were even overtightened and stripped.  I purchased some #12 x 3/4 screws to replace the stripped #10’s.  I tightened/replaced the loose screws, then used Dicor self leveling sealant to seal all cracks and then to take the belt and suspenders approach, covered both caps front and rear with Eternabond tape, 3 inches wide.  I think this one is permanent.

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Where Has the Wireless Roadshow Been?

I was thinking back of all the places we have covered in the last 3000 miles and realized it might be a good time to start a post to keep track before I forget!  So, here is a list of every place we have spent the night in the order stayed there.  I will update this post as time goes on:

  1. Benton, Arkansas
  2. Nashville, Tennessee
  3. Columbus, Ohio
  4. Niagara Falls, Ontario
  5. Quebec City, Quebec
  6. St. Martins, New Brunswick
  7. Hopewell, New Brunswick
  8. New Harris (Cape Breton), Nova Scotia
  9. Saint Mathiew-de-Rioux, Quebec
  10. Quebec City, Quebec

WiFi Channelization is Important

Troubleshooting a slow WiFi system in Moncton, New Brunswick today, the first thing I noticed was that most of the AP’s were on the same channel.  Why?  Not understanding I guess is the most likely explanation.  This particular outdoor venue had 8 access points, five of which were on channel 6, one on channel 2 and two on channel 11.

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Remember that with 802.11b/g/n on 2 GHz we only have about 50 MHz of spectrum for standard channels, each 20 MHz wide.  Therefore channels 1-6-11 are the only concurrently usable channels without causing interference.  Therefore care must be taken to only reuse channels when you are out of range of other AP’s on that frequency.  For that reason, small cells are always the key to the most efficient WiFi network.  A typical channelization pattern would look this this:

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I made the recommendation to the operator, but I am still not sure they believe that the fix could be so simple without upgrading equipment.  Actually an upgrade would be nice because the AP’s are all Senao. I hope you keep channelization in mind when designing WiFi networks.

 

Rain Rain Go Away…

After more than a week of almost constant rain, we finally dried out today in Hopewell NB.  No appointments are planned until next week so we are going to take a few days to dry out.  Enjoy your weekend. I will be pestering the local trout.

Thank You to Telrad’s Nick Dewar

Last week my Visa card was compromised and I found out because it was being used in Houston, Texas while I was in Niagra Falls, Ontario.  Hate that.  I called the bank and arranged for a new one but with me traveling on the Wireless Roadshow, getting a package sent to wherever I was going to spend the night can be problematic at best.

You see, we are staying the night wherever we see an opportunity to promote the products we believe in while seeing some of the most beautiful country in the world, currently Eastern Canada.

Back to my story.  I had an appointment with an RV Park near Alma, New Brunswick around June 9th so looking at the map, I saw Fredricton, New Brunswick and remembered that Nick Dewar, lead engineer for Telrad North America lives in Fredricton.  Bullseye!  I called my office, had them ship the card to Nick, stayed an extra night in Quebec City (which was fine because I was waiting for parts to finish a WiFi install there) and then Wednesday morning we left for Fredricton.  I went by Nick’s house at about 4:30 pm and had a few minutes to catch up with him before grabbing my card and heading south toward Alma, NB.  Thanks again Nick.

Are you familiar with Telrad LTE?  Their advanced “Wispatized “LTE platform has revolutionized the way WISPs deliver internet access to consumers.  For more information about Telrad, contact us at ISP Supplies at 855-WISP-PRO today.

PS: Here’s one of the WiFi installs, 120 degree sector for distribution and some NanoBeams for backhaul to other AP’s:

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Ubiquiti Everywhere

A pair of Rocket M5’s and dual polarity Rocket Omnis keep the ferry boats connected back to shore redundantly.

This boat takes passengers and cars across the St.Lawrence River to Old Quebec City.

On board free WiFi is delivered using a Nanostation Loco with an RF Elements mount.


Thanks for the great WiFi @zapquebec  #zapquebec.org.