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Guides & Downloads » OpenMesh/Cloudtrax intergration
Running Chillifrie Hotspots over an Open-Mesh Network
on March 01, 2013
Type: Tutorial

This guide is valid for Open-Mesh/Cloudtrax using firmware-ng or robin-mesh firmware.

You can download the text below PLUS images from here:
http://support.chillifire.net/downloads/Chillifire_Hotspot_Router_Installation_Guide_Open-Mesh.pdf

To integrateChillifire Hotspots with Open-Mesh networks first of all you have to have anaccount their mesh network control panel on https://www.cloudtrax.comas much as you need an account with Chillifire. You can create a freeChillifire account on http://www.chillifire.net.

There is nothingspecial to consider in the setup of the Chillifire account, which you can configureany way you like to, free, pay-per-use, voucher based, online-payment, your ownlogo, colour scheme etc. However, the open-mesh/cloudtrax account has to besetup in a certain way to work with your Chillifire account:

 

General Tab

There is nothing muchto consider on this tab although we recommend to un-check ‘Disable LimitedView’ and to check ‘Disable Internet Check’. We also recommend you set the ‘TXPower’ field to ‘Use Country Settings’ to avoid any issues within yourregulatory jurisdiction. Other than that just enter your relevant contactdetails on this screen and press ‘Update Network Settings’ at the top of thescreen.

 

SSID #1 Tab

This screen sets upyour mesh network’s connection to the hotspot system, and thus is the centrepoint of your setup:

Make sure the ‘Hide’field is NOT checked, so potential customers can find the hotspot.

We recommend you thesame SSID for all mesh network nodes, so your users can roam between routers.To enable this put your hotspots name into the ‘Network Name’ field andun-check the ‘Use Node Name’ field. The ‘Network Name’ must be less than 32characters and should not contain any characters other than letters, number,spaces, underscores and dashes.

Do not set a ‘WPA Key’                 and do not check the ‘WPA2 Only’ field.

Choose ‘ChillispotAAA’ and select ‘Manual’ settings.

Select the ‘RADIUSServer 1’ setting according to you location. Choose ‘radius 06.chillifire.net’if you are located in the Americas, ‘radius04.chillifire.net’ if you arelocated in the Europe, Africa and the Near East, and ‘radius 02.chillifire.net’if you are located in the Australasia. Choose a different location’s radiusserver for the ‘RADIUS Server 2’.

‘RADIUS Secret’ mustbe set to ‘6Y4n8fW5tGTavrGm’.

‘RADIUS NASID’ must beset to the name of your Chillifire account (Chillidemo in this example).

For the ‘UAM Server’again choose the right server for your locality for best performance: ‘https://login06.chillifire.net’if you are located in the Americas, ‘https://login04.chillifire.net’ if you arelocated in the Europe, Africa and the Near East, and‘https://login02.chillifire.net’ if you are located in the Australasia.

‘UAM URL’ must be setto ‘/hotspotaccess.php’.

‘UAM Secret’ must beset to ‘5hHrC4US7xGxyE.B’.

You can leave ‘AllowedDomains’ blank if you wish; only add domains to the field, separated by commas,for such domains that you want users to have access without needing to login onto the hotspot. This could be promotional pages or your business homepage togive but some examples.

The field ‘ChilliSpotCompatible’ must be checked.

Save settings byclicking on press ‘Update Network Settings’ at the top of the screen.

 

SSID #2 Tab

Only enable thissecond SSID, if you want to offer a free access to the Internet, which bypassesthe Hotspot, but requires a pre-shared key (PSK), i.e. a password.

If you enable this feature make sure the fields‘Bridge’ is not checked.

If you want theEthernet jack on the OM2P or other devices with more than one Ethernet jack tobe hotspot controlled then make sure ‘Wired Clients’ is not checked. If you docheck the and ‘Wired Clients’ field the Ethernet jack will bypass the hotspotand gain any device connected to it free access to the Internet.

You must give thisnon-Hotspot network a name (Private_Network in this example) and set a Password(Passw0rd in this example).

Leave ‘WPA Only’ andall other fields on this page unchecked and empty.

Save settings byclicking on press ‘Update Network Settings’ at the top of the screen.

 

Advanced Tab

Set ‘Root Password’ toa secure password known only to you.

‘Gateway LAN Block’,‘Access Point Isolation’, and ‘Block Alien Nodes’ must all be set.

Leave the channelsunchanged, unless you have a lot of interference for other Wi-Fi routers on thesame or on close channels.

‘Disable AutomaticUpgrades’, ‘NG firmware’, and ‘Test Firmware’ should be unchecked unless youare an advanced open-mesh user and know what you are doing.

‘SMTP Redirect’ isuseful to populate with your ISP’s own SMTP server’s IP address.

‘Alternate Nameserver IP’ can either be 8.8.8.8for Google DNS, or alternatively a you can link a service like Open DNS, orsimply link you ISP’s own DNS server for fast performance.

Leave ‘Local Domain’and ‘Alternate Dashboard’ blank.

The most importantsetting on this page is the ‘custom.sh Server’ which MUST be set to‘support.chillifire.net/downloads/openmesh/’

‘Enable custom.sh’MUST be checked.

Save settings byclicking on press ‘Update Network Settings’ at the top of the screen.

 

Adding Mesh Nodes to the Network

You’ll be taken to theGeneral Settings tab of the Edit Network page. On the top of the “Edit Network”page is an “Add/Edit Nodes” button. Click it.

A Google map, centredon the address you entered when you created the network, will appear in apopup. You can often (depending on location) click the “Satellite” view buttonand zoom in for a closer look. Click the map where you want to add your firstnode.

Next, you’ll see adialogue similar to the one on the right. Fill in the following information:

Name: Enter a name forthis node. This name is used to reference its location and will be displayed inreports. It does not affect users.

MAC address: A MACaddress is a sequence of 12 numbers and the letters A-F often separated bycolons (e.g. 00:02:6F:8A:B2:6E). This can be found on a label on the bottom ofthe router and on the side of the product box. For the MR500, there are 3 MACaddresses shown, and you want to enter the one on the top, listed as the “WANMAC.”

Description: You canenter optional descriptive text that will be shown on the reports. This istypically used to keep notes on where the node is installed, etc.

Click “Add” and repeat the process for eachadditional node.

 

Installing the Nodes

Once your nodes areadded to CloudTrax, it’s time to install them.

First, connect yourGateway unit to the Internet with an Ethernet cable. This can be plugged indirectly to your high-speed modem (if it has a single Ethernet port, powercycle it first), or it can be fed from a router or switch. If it can get anInternet connection through the cable, it’ll connect to CloudTrax. Once theEthernet cable is plugged in, connect power.

Next, plug inadditional nodes as either gateways (connected to Ethernet) or repeaters,connected only to power.

To ensure strong,consistent signal coverage, follow these guidelines:

1. Place your gatewayin the centre of the network. For most devices, every time data is transmittedover one repeater hop, it loses half its speed. A central gateway minimizes thenumber of hops required.

2. Never go throughmore than three walls or floors.

3. Never go more than50-150 feet (depending on building materials) between nodes.

4. Install no morethan about five repeaters to every one gateway.

Once all nodes areplugged in, you should see them turn green on the CloudTrax Network Status pagein about 5 to 15 minutes.

 

Allow some 20 minutes;after that time you should see the routes in the Chillifire Control panel’sRouter Status screen. The system automatically registers all mesh nodes againstthe account or sub-account you entered in the NASID field on the SSID #1 tab.

 

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