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content:activity:openitp2 [08/01/2015 06:19]
Andrew Bettison Expand [W5. Mesh Extender firmware] to add the firmware flash as STEP 3, and add more explanations
content:activity:openitp2 [18/01/2015 22:06] (current)
Andrew Bettison link to Paul's blog post on shipping mesh extenders
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-During December 2014 and January 2015, three pairs of Mesh Extender units were tested and shipped in working condition to the "Bleeding Edge" supporters of the [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/speak-freely|Speak Freely crowdfunding campaign]].+During December 2014 and January 2015, four pairs of tested and functional Mesh Extender units were prepared to ship to the "Bleeding Edge" supporters of the [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/speak-freely|Speak Freely crowdfunding campaign]].
  
 ==== Work items performed ==== ==== Work items performed ====
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 The following supplemental work items demonstrate fulfilment: The following supplemental work items demonstrate fulfilment:
  
-  * **[[#W6]]**. Flash, test and ship three working pairs of Mesh Extenders +  * **[[#W6]]**. [[http://servalpaul.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/bleeding-edge-mesh-extender-kits.html|Ship four working pairs of Mesh Extenders]] 
-  * **[[#W7]]**. Support Mesh Extender early adopters+  * **[[#W7]]**. Support our Mesh Extender early adopters
  
 <BOOKMARK:W1>=== W1. Build and release Serval DNA for OpenWRT === <BOOKMARK:W1>=== W1. Build and release Serval DNA for OpenWRT ===
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 The presence of the NOROOT file in its corresponding USB flash partition prevents the Mesh Extender from accepting logins via SSH, for security reasons.  Anybody with physical access to the unit can re-enable SSH logins by extracting the USB flash drive, inserting it in a workstation, removing the NOROOT file, re-inserting it in the Mesh Extender unit, and powering up the unit.  The unit will re-create the NOROOT file and accept SSH logins until its next reboot, so enabling SSH logins by this method is not permanent. The presence of the NOROOT file in its corresponding USB flash partition prevents the Mesh Extender from accepting logins via SSH, for security reasons.  Anybody with physical access to the unit can re-enable SSH logins by extracting the USB flash drive, inserting it in a workstation, removing the NOROOT file, re-inserting it in the Mesh Extender unit, and powering up the unit.  The unit will re-create the NOROOT file and accept SSH logins until its next reboot, so enabling SSH logins by this method is not permanent.
  
-The user may repeat STEP 4 and STEP 5 as often as desired to create new USB flash drives from the same image for other Mesh Extender units.+The user may repeat STEP 3, STEP 4 and STEP 5 as often as desired to flash new Mesh Extender units from the same firmware image and create new USB flash drives for them.
  
 <BOOKMARK:W6>=== W6. Test and ship Mesh Extenders === <BOOKMARK:W6>=== W6. Test and ship Mesh Extenders ===
  
-The [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/speak-freely|Speak Freely crowdfunding campaign]], which ran from July to September 2013, raised 13,465 USD for Mesh Extender development, which included donations from four "True Believer" supporters who are now credited in the [[:content:servalmesh:]] app, and from three "Bleeding Edge" supporters, to each of whom we have now shipped a pair of working Mesh Extender MR3020 prototype units and, as a bonus for late delivery, a pair of [[:content:devices:huawei_ideos_x1_u8180:]] phones with [[:content:servalmesh:releases:version_0_92]] pre-installed.+The [[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/speak-freely|Speak Freely crowdfunding campaign]], which ran from July to September 2013, raised 13,465 USD for Mesh Extender development, which included donations from four "True Believer" supporters who are now credited in the [[:content:servalmesh:]] app, and from four "Bleeding Edge" supporters, to each of whom we will give a pair of working Mesh Extender MR3020 prototype units.  As a bonus for late delivery, we will also give them each a pair of [[:content:devices:huawei_ideos_x1_u8180:]] phones with [[:content:servalmesh:releases:version_0_92]] pre-installed and tested in conjunction with the pair of Mesh Extender units.
  
-Preparation of these Mesh Extender prototypes was complicated by technical difficulties such as defective RFD-900 radio modules, serial cable solder joint failures caused by repeated extraction and insertion into the 3D-printed case, and defective Sandisk USB flash drive units.  The shipments were finally sent in January 2015.+During December 2014 and January 2015, we assembled and tested four pairs of Mesh Extender prototype units.  This was complicated by technical difficulties such as defective RFD-900 radio modules, serial cable solder joint failures caused by repeated extraction and insertion into the 3D-printed case, and defective Sandisk USB flash drive units.  Once these issues were overcome, the units performed correctly.  The units and phones were [[http://servalpaul.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/bleeding-edge-mesh-extender-kits.html|shipped in January 2015]].
  
 <BOOKMARK:W7>=== W7. Support Mesh Extender early adopters === <BOOKMARK:W7>=== W7. Support Mesh Extender early adopters ===
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