Operating a SharkRF Openspot over a MESH Network:
Today Darryl, K5DLQ, and I connect our MESH nodes together over an internet tunnel (this simulates a true over-the-air MESH network connection that isn’t possible due to the distance that Darryl and I are from each other) and connect our SharkRF Openspot devices together, then perform a short QSO.
The SharkRF Openspot has been one of the most popular DV hotspots, allowing connection into the DMR, DSTAR and YSF networks. Today Darryl and I setup the SharkRF Server/Client option in the Openspot menu, then we use our DMR radios to communicate through each of our Openspot units (his being a server, and mine being a client which connects to his IP on the MESH network).
This can be a great tool for using MESH networking to allow connection of non-MESH devices onto the network.
When :: 144mHZ 2 meter Shark ?
Is there a 2 meter Shark coming in 2018??
Why not a dualbander, that would be awesome
I have been waiting over a year for the wi-fi version to be released, especially since being promised the wi-fi version should be released in mid 2017.
How to find the hardware version on a TP-Link device?
How to Link your SharkRF Openspot and TP-Link Router for Portable Operation
pdf - Google Drive
You can also download these instructions in my PDF file -
Link Your SharkRF Openspot and TP-Link Router for Portable Operation
I don't know anything about these or why I would want one though.
ANSWER ::I understand as I did receive a few emails with questions regarding the unit. In a previous article (the DV4mini review) I did explained in the introduction the purposed of a digital hotspot. Maybe I should have used is again. You can find the complete article on my personal website in the publication page. Below you will find part the introduction text of this review. Hope this help.
"More and more modulation protocols from different vendors are now available for the ham community, including D-STAR, DMR, and C4FM (Yaesu’s System Fusion). In the ham digital world, a reflector is a server connected to the Internet that acts as a virtual repeater. Digital hotspots provide the ability for amateurs to connect to those Internet reflectors from their digital transceivers. Hotspots contain a low-power transmitter and receiver for amateur frequencies, and plug into a computer connected to the Internet. "
SharkRF IP Connector Protocol server
This daemon can be used to create your own private radio network using SharkRF devices like openSPOT, or your own custom software/hardware, as the SharkRF IP Connector Protocol is open source.
Simply it's like a TAC310 off of the DMR network. A standalone talkgroup.
All connected and logged in clients receive the data you send to the server.
SharkRF IP Connector Protocol server [Testing]
Client Setup for the SharkRF IP Connector Protocol server
1.) create/use within your DMR radio :: Talkgroup 9
2.) in the connector select :: SharkRF IP Connector Client
Here is a script to auto install the srf-ip-conn-srv. This allows you to run a server that your sharkrf can connect to. The below instructions are for debian based linux distros.
Make sure you have the build-essential and cmake to compile the program
The below link will take you there if you need a good place to start. This tutorial is written as part two, picking up directly where part one left off.
After 1 minute, the Openspot is ready for operation.
Since no screen can be connected to the Openspot, all settings are set via the Internet browser. To do this, go to http://192.168.1.128/openspot.html_gz#login. The digits 192.168.1.128 are to be replaced by the IP address, which the Openspot has in its own network.
The password is entered after the call. The default password is: openspot
Click on "Connectors" at the top of the blue bar.
Click on "Advanced mode" in the blue bar.
Now select "Homebrew / MMDVM" under Connectors and click on the blue field "Switch to selected". The question, which appears please answer with "CHANGE MODEM MODE".