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See NodeMississippi for the regular-style node information page.

Mississippi Grant Project

IMPORTANT UPDATE 3/30/05: The [http://www.mmt.org Meyer Memorial Trust] has funded our grant proposal in full. This page will now contain documentation for the execution of the grant. General, non-technical information will be presented at HistoricMississippiCommunityNetwork.

This page will serve as a central repository for proposals and decisions regarding our upcoming grant proposal. Please date your thoughts and leave your name. -MichaelWeinberg

At Hack Night, the following was outlined:

  • Meyer Deadline Jan 15th. Answer within 3 mo.
  • Rooftop on N. Mississippi 4000 block
  • 3 MB DSL line donated by [http://www.stephouse.net Stephouse Networks]

  • VoIP phones in local businesses, other community gathering places
  • Community message board and other network services
  • Metrix or similar solution as backbone
  • AaronBaer will be lead for getting all tech info worked out

  • MichaelWeinberg will write grant proposal and oversee execution

  • Grant will be for 1 year, with first 6 mo. dedicated to buildout and last 6 mo. for tweaking and community education/outreach. -MichaelWeinberg 11/11/04

Site survey was done this morning. Plan to use a 3 radio antenna array mounted on a chimney. Currently two rooftops are in play: one as the anchor point and wired backhaul location, and the other for wireless backhaul to extend the coverage. -MichaelWeinberg 11/13/04

Hardware Information and Prices

Backhaul Infrastructure

This is the infrastructure that will "cloud" the Mississippi area with the main source of network conectivity.

The backbone of the network will look something like this: - AaronBaer BR The building at the corner of Mississippi and Shaver will host the main source of the network. This will consist of three wireless devices. One device providing an onmi-directional presence and two devices with directional vagi or patch antennas with high gain one pointing south and one pointing north along the length of Mississippi. This point will also manage the point of presence to the Internet which is expected to be a 6mb/6mb dsl line donated by a to be announced ISP (StepHouse). BRBR For the initial roll out there will be two other backhaul points south of the initial node. One point half way down the down the main area in question residing on the other side of the street, rebroadcasting an omni-directional signal to the midpoint of the network. The second point will be at the end of the area in question at the crest of the hill rebroadcasting and omni-directional signal locally and a directional signal which will crest the top of the hill and point towards downtown Portland. BRBR

Metrix Mark II $539.99/each BR http://metrix.net/metrix/products/packages/MET-KIT-MARK-II.html

Metrix Mark I $329/each BR http://metrix.net/metrix/products/packages/MET-KIT-MARK-I.html

Cisco 1230 AIRONET 1230 AG ACCESS POINT (donation) BR http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6132/index.html

Client Infrastructure

Each point where connections will be made to the network the client will connect to the main backhaul of the network using a WET11 (is this the only approved device?). This device will route all clients to the main part of the network. (Downfall-all clients will appear as one) BRBR Each local client can maintain proper signal coverage for the immediate area with local Access Points.

Linksys/Cisco Bridges WET54GS5 $158.65/each BR http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=33&scid=35&prid=615

Linksys WAP54G Wireless-G Access Point $65.99/each BR http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=33&scid=35&prid=608

Other Needed Hardware


  • Patch Antenna
    • 5ghz Patch 8dbi or better ~$45/each
  • 9dbi Omni
    • 2.4ghz Omni ~$45/each

Antenna Mounts

  • Three roof mounts
    • one penetrating
    • one non-penetrating (ballasted)
    • one with straps (chimney mount)

Antenna Masts

  • Three masts (need lengths and diameters)

POE Injectors $40/each

  • For each backhaul device, current count 6

LMR-400 20' $25; 10' $18

  • For any point where backhaul device needs to be attached to external antenna
  • Likely will need pigtail adaptors too.

Other needed equipment

  • CAT5e 1000' Ethernet Cable $75 (UV CAT5 for ANY outdoor applications)
  • Lightning/Surge arrestors (for Coax and/or Ethernet runs)

Network Gadgets

VoIP phones GrandStream Budgetone $65/each BR http://voipstore.pulver.com/product_info.php?products_id=33

Other Information

[http://www.personaltelco.net/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=Shaver Photos] of a site survey performed on the NAYA rooftop last September. BR [http://www.portlandmaps.com/detail.cfm?action=Photo&propertyid=R223540&state_id=1N1E22CA%20%2015300&address_id=30519&intersection_id=&dynamic_point=0&x=7644804.629&y=694943.478&place=4001%20N%20MISSISSIPPI%20AVE&city=PORTLAND&neighborhood=BOISE&Year=2003&StreetAnno=no&Taxlots=no&AddressPoint=yes&Size=2%27 Aerial photo] of the mississippi area.

ReconGroup has created a page to share documentation with the AntennaGroup, and the InfrastructureGroup.

See NodeMississippi for the regular-style node information page.

Publicity and Outreach

We have a budget to print flyers, brochures and handouts. We will need manpower to distribute them as well. Please offer ideas on who to target, what to say and how to reach them on the MississippiOutreach page.




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