After following the [[Mesh/WalkThrough]], you are probably just an isolated node on the virtual People's Open Network. If you want to become part of the physical mesh, you are going to need to extend the signal from home node using what we call an extender node. An extender node is just a roof-mounted, directional antenna used to make point-to-point connections between two locations that have line-of-sight (LOS) to one another. Preparing an extender node generally consists to two stages, downgrading the proprietary AirOS firmware and flashing it with our custom build of OpenWrt.
== Downgrading to
earlier AirOS ==
Typically, we use Ubiquiti equipment for our extender nodes. These come with a proprietary firmware called AirOS. Any extender node with version 5.6 of AirOS and above needs to be downgraded to a 5.5.XX version of AirOS version before you can flash it with OpenWRT.
* Network Manager Method: Manual
* IP Address: 192.168.1.10 (some devices will only accept from this IP)* Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0* Gateway: 0.0.0.0 (Or leave blank)
You can also use the commands:
* Reconfigure your machine with the following static network configuration.
* IP address: 172.22.0.10 * Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0* Gateway: 0.0.0.0
Or use the commands
Once configured with our firmware, an extender node will not start broadcasting an SSID until it is plugged into a home node because it must first get a mesh IP address.
== Testing and Network Detection ==