[aprssig] NetNodes, the future

Gerry Creager N5JXS gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Wed Dec 29 11:55:57 EST 2004

The simple way to state this is: "Source Routing is EVIL".  The user 
should never have to decide what path the packets should take.

What we're talking about here, AGAIN, is a next-generation network 
topology for APRS, and now, for connected packet operations.  The two 
are not mutually exclusive.

What IS mutually exclusive is the concept of ad hoc, off-the-cuff 
"design" with a high degree of buzz-word compliance, and a well-designed 
and functional network architecture.

There have been discussions before on a formal next-gen design process. 
  Between a Not-Invented-Here syndrome and derision from some 
significant players, little's been accomplished.

I'm willing to entertain and host a discussion of interested players on 
a separate list, with periodic feedback and discussion to this list.  I 
believe the serious players need to have an open field for their 
discussions and that the signal/noise ratio on the SIG would be disruptive.

Are there any takers?


Phillip B. Pacier wrote:
> AE5PL Lists wrote:
>> RELAY,WIDE2-2 is KISS.  I352-2,I302-2, etc. is not KISS.  Making
>> connections via AE5PL-10 from a mobile (or any other station) is not
>> KISS.   
> I'm in agreement here.  One of my biggest complaints over the years of 
> travelling with my D7 in my truck is that I generally have to adjust my 
> path at several points along my trip to get it to work correctly.  
> Because Southern California currently does not support RELAY or WIDE 
> (I'm working to get that changed), I have to run WIDE2-2 in my mobile 
> here.  But, if I travel north or east, I may need to change to RELAY or 
> WIDE at some point along the trip.  As a mobile station, I want to set 
> RELAY,WIDE and be done with it and not have to worry about changing it 
> at any point.  The other advantage over using RELAY,WIDE is that if the 
> digis are set properly (and most of them are), the digi callsign 
> replaces the RELAY and/or the WIDE and you can see your packet path 
> later.  This is not happening with XXXXn-N.
> 73
> Phil - AD6NH
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