Purchasing an AREDN compatible radio and antenna is only the first step in assembling a useful, deployable, personal node.
Additional parts and equipment to support planned network capabilities—including provisions for portable power—must be purchased and then packaged in a manner which allows for safe and reliable operation.
Trevor Paskett (K7FPV), a member of the AREDN project, has designed a a portable mesh node to support his local mesh network’s mission while meeting served agency policy restrictions which prohibit permanent installation of equipment in their buildings.
- WiFi access to the mesh network
- Telephone service through a VOIP Analog Telephone Adapter (ATA) connected to the mesh network Asterisk server
- Power for 5 days from a 122 amp hour deep cycle battery
- Battery charger/PSU for operation when commercial power is available
A complete bill of materials and step-by-step assembly instructions, along with helpful photographs, may be found in the Portable Mesh Node With VOIP And WiFi article.