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MikroTik Specifics

3 - Hardware & Firmware Hardware

Mikrotik routers have a few interesting things to note in order to understand and use them well. This page documents those interesting pieces and might help clarify some things. This page will be referenced by other pages and should be Mikrotik general. Devic...

New Hardware Template

3 - Hardware & Firmware Hardware

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Ubiquiti Nanostation M5

3 - Hardware & Firmware Hardware

The NanoStation M5 is a workhorse of mesh networks. There are two versions XM (pre 2016) and XW. It is 802.11n and 10/100 ethernet, so not the fastest on the block, but it has good support from OpenWRT. It also has two ethernet ports usually set up as WAN and ...

Mikrotik SXTsq 5 ac

3 - Hardware & Firmware Hardware

The SXTsq 5 ac is a small client access antenna that is 802.11 standards compliant antenna (and also nstream mikrotik if available).The device was released in early 2018 and is capable of gigabit-level speeds with 80Mhz wide 802.11ac wifi connections. Please ...

TP-Link Indoor Router

3 - Hardware & Firmware Hardware

Some Archer A6/7 models have a function that disables the WiFi if the WPS button on the back of the router is held down. If you encounter a router that doesn't appear to have WiFi working, try holding the button to re-enable it. Also make sure the button isn't...

Ubiquiti Unifi-Ap

3 - Hardware & Firmware Hardware

We are using more UNIFI access points on installs these days. These devices are very frustrating to set up, so this document is designed to help. As of 2021 the latest firmware 4.3.28 has very short uptime (<30 days), so we are using a stable older version 4....

Crimping

2 - Install & Maintenance Guides

Here are some helpful videos on crimping. Like nearly everyone we use the T-568B standard Video 1 Video 2

Equipment

2 - Install & Maintenance Guides

To connect to NYC Mesh, you will need to install wireless networking equipment on a rooftop or outside a window. This page lists a range of equipment and tools that are commonly used for typical installations. Before assembling any equipment, first carry out a...

Etiquette

2 - Install & Maintenance Guides

for volunteer installers As a volunteer installer, you are the public face of NYCMesh! Courtesy, respect, friendliness and professionalism will give new members a great first impression of our organization and will encourage them to become active contributors ...

Fiber Safety

2 - Install & Maintenance Guides

1. Intro 1.1 Description Although fiber is a relatively safe material to work with, there are some hazards to be aware of. These hazards can be particularly troublesome since bare fiber is microscopic and transparent; it is nearly impossible to detect if you...

Nyc Mesh Fiber Background And Splicing Guide

2 - Install & Maintenance Guides

NYC Mesh Fiber Background and Splicing Guide ​ These are notes collected by @JohnB from the fiber splicing class taught by Zach Giles at the NYC Mesh room on July 19, 2022. I took notes on my phone, so some of the information might be missing/inaccurate. ​ T...

Fiber Splicing Tutorial

2 - Install & Maintenance Guides

1. Intro These instructions assume only the required tools are used, and minimal precautions taken; no assumptions about safety equipment or convenient tools. There are 7 procedures to perform in the splicing process; roughly in the following order: setup...

Fiber to the Apartment

2 - Install & Maintenance Guides

The first step is to screw the ONT into the wall in a convenient place using drywall achors. The ONT we are currently using is the Ubiquiti UF-WiFi6-US Only use white fiber inside apartments, never yellow or any other color. This is to better blend in with th...

Linknyc

2 - Install & Maintenance Guides

There are currently ongoing discussions with LinkNYC with the goal of having a deeper and more persistent connection to their network. Information on this page may become out of date in the near future. For updates see #linknyc on the slack We do not install ...

Post Install (New Member Form)

2 - Install & Maintenance Guides

This is a template form to print and leave with members with their WiFi information, install/node number and other details. It also provides links to our support channels if they have any issues. Our Mesh Guide also includes a page to write down this informat...

Network Number

2 - Install & Maintenance Guides

This page works best in incognito/private window mode! Enter the Install Number* below to get the NN that can be used to configure the rooftop antennas/routers. This can also be used with existing multiple apartment installs to figure out the network number (...

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Taking Panorama Photos

2 - Install & Maintenance Guides

A direct line of sight to a Supernode or hub node is required to connect to NYC Mesh. To help the install team determine whether a line of sight is possible, we ask new members to provide a panoramic photo of the view from their rooftop. We use these photos ...

Omnitik Power Problems

2 - Install & Maintenance Guides

Alignment and wind We've had many antennas lose alignment in the wind. There's a few simple things you can do to prevent this- Use a socket and drill to tighten hose clamps fast. It's hard to get the hose clamp tight with a screw driver. A socket and drill w...

Query

2 - Install & Maintenance Guides

This page works best in incognito/private window mode! This is for installers to query our install spreadsheet. This is password protected. If you have trouble running this script, try using an incognito (private) window in your browser This uses simple matchi...

Safety

2 - Install & Maintenance Guides

Growing the mesh is important, but so is staying safe to install more nodes. These are general safety guidelines intended to address more common hazards on an install, but keep an eye out for risks even if they are not covered here. What to Bring to Site In ...