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Update on Wifi Repair


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date posted: Jan 18, 2011 14:50:07 Reply Blog entry Flag this comment as Spam or Inappropriate
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Last week I was on the roof of the Humboldt Landscape office where the Myrtletown Wifi Hotspot is located. Kyle and I pulled the unit off the roof and I opened it up to diagnose the problem and begin the rebuild.


See that nasty white powdery stuff on the inside of the weather-proof box? It's corrosion caused by a faulty weather seal. Over the years moisture has been entering the enclosure, and I discovered that the amplifier unit failed due to corrosion of the circuitry. Last night I ordered a replacement unit from Shireen Inc. (an awesome manufacturer of custom radio equipment), and I expect it to be here by the end of the week. This weekend I will be finalizing the upgrade and reinstalling the unit on the roof of Humboldt Landscape.

After that, it will be time to survey the neighborhood for signal strength and pick the best install locations for repeaters to expand the range and coverage of the hotspot.

Sorry to everyone who uses this service that the repairs are taking so long!



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date posted: Jan 24, 2011 15:17:14 Reply Flag this comment as Spam or Inappropriate
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I have bad news about the upgrade. Yesterday I finally got the new unit assembled and working. Tested it on the ground, configured everything, then Kyle and I reinstalled the device on the mast with the antenna on the roof of his office. Unfortunately, due to a wiring snafu in office, I'm pretty sure a component in the new unit shorted out or malfunctioned, and now the whole thing needs to come down again for repair. I am very unhappy about this, but sometimes it's just how things go.

Hopefully I'll have this thing up and running by the end of the week and can finally get started mapping the new broadcast range and putting up a couple of repeaters around the neighborhood.


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date posted: Jan 28, 2011 17:22:16 Reply Flag this comment as Spam or Inappropriate
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Sigh... more setbacks It seems a component I need to repair the new wifi access point will not be delivered when expected. I am in the process of contacting the supplier that the part was ordered from, but the bottom line is that it was supposed to be here now and it isn't. That means another setback of about a week.

I *will* get this thing back online, and I'm sorry it has been such a mess since it initially failed last year!


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