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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 8:31 am    Post subject: wuuplotter Reply with quote

where do i find the wug plotter?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

please read http://www.ptawug.co.za/content_list_11 section 1 and 2

1. www.wug.za.net
PTAWUG's main form of communication is IRC - so if you have ANY questions or want to discuss something regarding the network please connect on IRC - irc.ptawug.co.za #ptawug

1. Register on www.wug.za.net (click on Need a login?) - this is the main site for all the WUGs in ZA (DBN, CT, JHB, etc.) and is used to keep record of all the nodes, highsites, links, coverage.
2. Please ensure that you choose your wug to be PTAWUG - the default is Jawug
3. Activate your account and log in to www.wug.za.net (not the forum) the main page.
4. Using Google Earth (earth.google.com 14MB) to get the coordinates for your location (please use the decimal degrees-only format eg. -25.5764, 28.4634 ... To set google earth to display it this way click Tools -> Options and set the coordinate format to Decimal Degrees
5. If you can not use Google Earth (blocked by firewall or policies etc.) you can use www.wikimapia.org to find your coordinates. Browse to your house, put the cross in the middle of the screen on your house then look at the URL for the page. The URL wil look something like this : http://www.wikimapia.org/#lat=-25.724021&lon=28.223405&z=16&l=0&m=a&v=2 in the URL you will find the coordinates after the lat and lon keywords - in this case it will be : -25.724021, 28.223405
6. Click WugNet -> WugPlotter -> Add location and enter your locations details (the height input is the height above the ground that you will be able to mount an antenna, at least 5m). Please give your node an descriptive name, prefrably your nickname. Please don't name your node House or My Place or something like that - nodes with undescriptive names are useless on the KML.
7. When your location is added you can download the google earth KML file (click WugPlotter -> Download KML) to see all the other nodes on the network and see which highsites are near you. Open the KML file with Google Earth. Please note that the locations on the KML is randomised by 50m to 100m for privacy reasons, so your plotted location wont be on your house. Using the KML look for Operational Access Points or Operational Transit nodes (red dots and yellow sun icons). Also look at the beams eminating from the highsites - you have to fall within or outside the rounded side of the beam eg. if the beam points North and you are to the South, the antenna providing coverage doesn't face you.
8. Have a look at www.wug.za.net/download.php - on the right there is a legend for the icons on the google earth KML. Yellow = 2.4ghz, Red = 5.8ghz.
9. To check if you have theoretical line of sight to a highsite you can draw a LOS diagram by clicking WugPlotter -> Line of Sight Calculator and then select your location and one of the Highsites (or any other location) from the list. Highsites are where users connect to, id you dont have line of sight to a highsite - you might be able to connect through another use - but that user will have to put up more equipment for you to connect to. If the red line runs from the one node to the other without running through the black profile - your have theoretical LOS, if there are no buildings or trees in the way. You need to check weather an antenna points to you from the highsite - the KML shows where antennas point as red beams eminating from the site.
10. Having a good LOS diagram does not gaurentee that you will be able to connect - LOS needs to be confirmed by physically looking from one site to another.

Clear LOS


2. LOS picture and signal tests

1. If you are not sure that you have line of sight to a highsite - get on your roof and take HIGH RESOLUTION pictures in every direction, then upload the pictures on www.wug.za.net's gallery (you need to register for the gallery and create your own album inside the PTAWUG album).
2. Then connect on IRC and post the link to your album - the guys on IRC can help you check if you will be able to see the highsite. If you can physically see the highsite you are sorted. Check the Highsite Locations page for info about what to look for to spot the highsites.
3. There is mobile LOS test equipment available to do signal tests at persons wanting to connect but have not bought kit yet, and you can organise on IRC with one of the current members to come to your location and check if they can establish a connection with the highsite using the dedicated test equipment.
4. To organise a signal test please send a mail with your details to ptawug@gmail.com - it will be forwarded to the tester for the area you are in, he will contact you to set a time and date for the test. Signal tests are free of charge, wuggers take turns to keep the test kits and test signal at interested persons. Please include your address, cell number, node name on wug.za.net and the highsites that you have theoretical line of sight to, in the email.
5. Please note that a signal test will not be done if you have not taken pictures from your roof and uploaded them to the gallery. The reason for this is that some people have CLEAR line of sight to highsites, can see the antennas with their bare eyes, to do a test is a waste of time as a connection will be easily possible.
6. Please connect and stay on IRC for quick feedback and response from the signal testers after you have made direct contact with them on email.
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