How WaFreeNet has grown to what it is today.

Welcome to the WaFreeNet Info page, This page will give you a basic introduction to what the WaFreeNet is.

The WaFreeNet was born around 1996 by a group of IT enthusiasts in the Perth metro area, This was a time when ADSL was not in mainstream and the fastest connections were dialup. The WaFreeNet served as a peering point for those interested to transmit and receive data at no charge at speeds far greater than ISP's could offer at the time.

Over the years the WaFreeNet has grown to what it is today, with well over 1Gbit peak routing at speeds never seen before on the WaFreeNet. Some nodes are breaking 200Mbit full duplex speeds on their respective backbone links. The WaFreeNet is ideal for those interested in gaming, sharing of content and network enthusiasts who want to be part of something big.

The WaFreeNet should not be confused with the Freenet Project or confused with a network that provides free internet access (although some members do provide others with limited internet services over WaFreeNet).

This timeline lists some of the major events for WaFreeNet and our members. Access Points and client routers that form the network of WaFreeNet. Here is a VERY OLD 3D map of the WaFreeNet backbone, back when HillsHub was in operation.

The WaFreeNet is NOT currently looking to incorporate, information can be found here.

So, you want to become a WaFreeNet user?

Please have a chat with the friendly people in the IRC channel.

The following pages contain some useful for connecting to WaFreeNet and becoming a participant of the community.

How to connect to specific WaFreeNet Services

  • How to connect to the WaFreeNet IRC server

  • How to open and use a WaFreeNet Jabber account

Wifi Info

Basic Information for Users

All users should be aware of the laws governing power output limits.

Basic Information for AP Owners

  • Ask in #wafreenet for a /24 to be assigned to you as well as an AS.
  • Plan the use of your /24 with VLSM. It is recommended that /29 be used for each client. Although /30 could be used.





10.60.x.1 - 127

Use /29's for CPE's connecting to this AP. Thats 16 Clients.


10.60.x.128 - 191

Spare - as needed - perhaps backhaul IP?


10.60.x.192 - 255

Management Network - Radios, DNS, other services you may wish to run.

  • BGP Configuration - Quagga (also applicable to Cisco)
  • Quality of Service (QOS) configuration - this will improve network throughput by prioritising interactive "friendly packets" over bulk transfer traffic.
    • This works by marking the DSCP traffic within packets and the UBNT radio's do the QOS work.
    • QOS script for linux routers can be found -> http://www.jammin.wafn/qos/iptables.qos (this will always be the latest version).

      • The script only modifies the mangle table (check it out #iptables -t mangle -nL -v)
      • Load the script using #iptables-restore /path/to/file/iptables.qos
      • OpenWRT compatible with the following packages and modules loaded.
        • opkg install iptables-mod-ipopt, iptables-mod-hashlimit
        • insmod the following xt_length, xt_hashlimit, xt_comment, xt_CLASSIFY, xt_multiport, xt_dscp, xt_DSCP
    • Ask in #wafreenet for tips on implementing.
  • Monitoring UBNT devices
  • Monitoring Routes. Ask jammin to add your router to the monitoring service http://www.jammin.wafn/cacti/

    • You could also follow this useful - How to setup wireless link monitoring with RRDtool (mpot)

    • You will need to follow the SNMP setup page.

    • If you've done the "additional section" ask jammin to add those too.

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