Here is a progress report as of Friday January 2nd, 2015 on the first component of this project from Dave KM3T who is donating rack space and Internet access. Now that the funding has been taken care of this aspect of the project is switching into the implementation stage. Here is what Dave sent me:
"The current plan is for Bill and I to head to my data center space in
Wakefield on Friday. We will do the following:
1) Rack up and power up the Dell 1950 server that Dave Franco N1EMC has
donated for this project.
2) Reinstall the operating system and hook up the internet network
3) Test loss of power and make sure server still runs (the server has
dual power supplies and the data center has redundant power).
4) Perform the initial installation of the C-Bridge software from
Some information on the system itself:
1) The hardware is just a rackmount PC server (Dell 1950). It will run
CentOS Linux as its operating system. This is a very secure and capable
multitasking operating system that I am sure you have heard of. It is
also required by the C-Bridge software.
2) The software (C-Bridge) basically acts as a central point for all the
participating New England DMR repeaters to connect to. Because it is in
a location with a reliable network connection, once everything is
configured users will enjoy a network that is free of one-way
conversations and some of the oddities that can appear from time to time
when depending on residential routers and internet connections. The
other benefits will be more control over talkgroup organization and
It will take at least a few weeks for the repeaters to migrate over to
the new architecture. Much configuration work will need to be done
(DMR-wise) on the server once we have installed it. We expect that a
cutover will happen by the end of January."
More as it happens.