Thanks for the report and the pic. This could come in useful for others, too, as it is simple and easy to make; if you’re going to be at the edge of a mesh network and need a little more oomph for a reliable connection, then the fact that it may somewhat reduce the ability to relay off the backside of the parabola is a worthwhile sacrifice.
As for stats out of the goTenna, it’s just the flashing LEDs telling you it’s relaying. No servers or other central control, no room for it in the bandwidth, so we like to think of that as a feature rather than a bug.
Now, some of the SDK options allow some basic numbers as is allowed within the FCC mesh framework, but you’d be far more comfortable just wading into those than I would be advising you on that.
When we were at UMESH 5 rebooting it, your message came through directly, no hops needed. Here at home, I can reach you via either 2 or 3 nodes. UMESH 5 is in between us and you between you and downtown, so you should see better reception because of that, too.
In both cases, the battery that couldn’t keep up with gloomy Midwest conditions proved to be the 4000 mAh Voltaic battery packs. They’re good reliable packs (nothing wrong with the gear, I just spec-ed too small), but need to be one size larger to deal with the local conditions here. Now it seems that the nodes that didn’t last back in Dec-Jan snow were more to do with having those smaller battery packs. I think I feel better about the basic design being adequate with the 7500 mAh packs I’m using as the standard ones. A few other designs tweaks and we may have it as far as snow/gloom.
That’s now as best I can see why we had the partial coverage with part of the network OK and the other part going down.
While UMESH 9 (thanks for the help today, BTW!) and I were out rebooting today, we got UMESH 5 on the air, where Dave caught up with us. We also got long suffering UMESH 6 up and running. The only node that is possibly down is UMESH 7 and it has the big battery so may be fine when I get the chance to check on it.
Users should see coverage pretty much as depicted on the map.
Thanks for being patient with things and we hope that what we’ve learned will limit the possibility of such an extended down time as some must have suffered. We also welcome any technical assistance someone may be able to offer with small low voltage solar design. I mostly bolt things together, but am inclined towards more experimental approaches if off the shelf fails me. I would value any insights offered, although I’m getting a few basics OK I want to make sure I’ve got a good design that is inexpensive and reproducible.
Also remember that UMESH 8 is PENDING getting it in place. Keep your fingers crossed as we hope to have it and some other nodes up as soon as conditions permit. If you are interested in being a node host, send me a DM here or text me at the usual 92290810565183
People seem to be making use of the mesh as a community resource. The interactive map above is just now nudging over 2,000 views!
And that’s not all, it’s just the places where people are officially hosting a node as UMESH infrastructure. You also can see that new nodes are popping up locally on the main goTenna Mesh Community Map. Some are mobile, some are fixed and always on, all are always relaying for each other.
And thanks to Dave again for his interesting and useful contribution!