[HamWAN PSDR] optimization first results

Bart Kus me at bartk.us
Fri Nov 1 19:46:42 PDT 2019

So, fun fact: you can still use Winbox even if you disable the "/ip 
service winbox" service.  :)

Winbox is available as both an IP-routable service (/ip service winbox), 
AND as an Ethernet-MAC-level service (/tool mac-server mac-winbox).  
Disabling the IP one still leaves the MAC one accessible, as long as 
you're on the same Ethernet segment as your modem.  The trick with the 
GUI is to click the MAC address when choosing your device, not the IP 

It's not intuitive, so maybe this email helps folks out.

PS: winbox.exe is a huge security risk and we should probably stop 
recommending it.  It apparently downloads DLLs from the (possibly 
exploited) modem and runs them on your Windows machine, with all your 
user permissions at its disposal.


On 11/1/2019 7:34 PM, Ric Merry wrote:
> Thanks Bart! I I ran the client setup page verbatim and this was the 
> results with the exception of Winbox and Port222. I wanted to stick 
> with Winbox until I was finished with the initial setup.
> I just received a new computer this afternoon so will move the whole 
> set up along with all Ham related programs over to it.
> On Fri, Nov 1, 2019 at 3:36 PM Bart Kus <me at bartk.us 
> <mailto:me at bartk.us>> wrote:
>     Yes, much better.  I also noticed a problem on the HamWAN side,
>     where that sector was configured for only 5MHz service instead of
>     our normal 10MHz.  I've changed the sector config, and you should
>     be getting twice the bandwidth now.
>     I tried to run a speed test, but noticed your bandwidth-server was
>     still set to require authentication, so I've logged into your
>     modem and turned that off:
>     [eo at K7ITE-Lookout] > /tool bandwidth-server set authenticate=no
>     I also noticed you still have an "admin" account.  If it's not
>     properly password protected, this may be dangerous now that your
>     modem is on the Internet.  I have left it untouched.
>     I also noticed you have the "winbox" service running.  This is
>     also dangerous, as it's full of exploits.  I have left it
>     untouched, but you should probably disable it.  (/ip service
>     disable winbox)  We should update the website instructions to
>     disable this by default.
>     I also noticed your ssh is on port 22.  This will get more hacking
>     attempts than port 222.  You can change it with /ip service set
>     ssh port=222.
>     With the bandwidth-server available on your end, I ran a speed
>     test from the sector to your modem:
>     [eo at Lookout-S2] > /tool bandwidth-test duration=30s
>     direction=transmit
>                     status: running
>                   duration: 29s
>                 tx-current: 38.4Mbps
>       tx-10-second-average: 35.6Mbps
>           tx-total-average: 37.5Mbps
>                random-data: no
>                  direction: transmit
>                    tx-size: 1500
>           connection-count: 20
>             local-cpu-load: 20%
>            remote-cpu-load: 28%
>     [eo at Lookout-S2] > /tool bandwidth-test duration=30s
>     direction=receive
>                     status: running
>                   duration: 29s
>                 rx-current: 40.8Mbps
>       rx-10-second-average: 41.7Mbps
>           rx-total-average: 35.7Mbps
>               lost-packets: 1285
>                random-data: no
>                  direction: receive
>                    rx-size: 1500
>           connection-count: 20
>             local-cpu-load: 21%
>            remote-cpu-load: 27%
>     This is the performance you can expect from a 10MHz MIMO link that
>     has good signal.
>     The current-distance is reported in km, not miles.  It's not
>     round-trip distance, just physical distance between the modems. 
>     There is a separate metric for round-trip-time, which is measured
>     in microseconds: tdma-timing-offset=202. You can do the
>     speed-of-light math to get a more precise distance than the 1km
>     granularity reported by the "current-distance" field.
>     --Bart
>     On 11/1/2019 3:18 PM, Ric Merry wrote:
>>     tx-rate: 6.5Mbps-5MHz/2S
>>                      rx-rate: 3.2Mbps-5MHz/1S
>>                         ssid: HamWAN
>>                        bssid: 74:4D:28:57:F6:BA
>>                   radio-name: Lookout-S2/WA7DEM
>>              signal-strength: -62dBm
>>          signal-strength-ch0: -64dBm
>>          signal-strength-ch1: -66dBm
>>           tx-signal-strength: -62dBm
>>       tx-signal-strength-ch0: -66dBm
>>       tx-signal-strength-ch1: -64dBm
>>                  noise-floor: -124dBm
>>              signal-to-noise: 62dB
>>                       tx-ccq: 35%
>>                       rx-ccq: 19%
>>        authenticated-clients: 1
>>             current-distance: 32
>>     Mo' betta? Is current distance miles in both send and receive
>>     (round trip)?
>>     On Fri, Nov 1, 2019 at 3:06 PM Bart Kus <me at bartk.us
>>     <mailto:me at bartk.us>> wrote:
>>         No, you're missing an entire chain of the radio (ch1).  Do
>>         this to enable both chains:
>>         /interface wireless set 0 rx-chains=0,1 tx-chains=0,1
>>         --Bart
>>         On 11/1/2019 2:55 PM, Ric Merry wrote:
>>>         I climbed back up the ladder to do some fine tuning (thanks
>>>         for the advice here)
>>>         Luckily I could remotely view my computer with my cell phone
>>>         thus saving me the cost of a divorce attorney had I asked my
>>>         wife to help me when she gets home from work.
>>>         ;)
>>>         These are my results, I can do more but for now, how do they
>>>         look?
>>>         signal-strength: -66dBm
>>>              signal-strength-ch0: -66dBm
>>>               tx-signal-strength: -67dBm
>>>           tx-signal-strength-ch0: -67dBm
>>>           tx-signal-strength-ch1: -89dBm
>>>                      noise-floor: -123dBm
>>>                  signal-to-noise: 57dB
>>>                           tx-ccq: 88%
>>>                           rx-ccq: 70%
>>>            authenticated-clients: 1
>>>                 current-distance: 32
>>>         Funny things is that thee are about where I started.
>>>         Elevation is the more difficult adjustment with the brackets
>>>         provided. I may end up modifying those.
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