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AMR – Fiber to the Home – google powermeter

Few years back, back when I was working for Grant County PUD, we had this grandiose idea about reading power and provide a graphical view of the power with our fiber to the home. The idea was it will provide the users/rate payers a ways of seeing their power consumption and maybe assist in the more efficient use of power. The bigger benefit was for the power company to accurately predict the power requirement of the system at anytime.

So how we did this or the plan to do this was to use the meter which can provide us with a pulse and with in the fiber gateway there is a dry contact specified in the gateway specification. The gateway also have a buffer which hold the count and this can be accessible via SNMP. So the idea was pretty simple. The meter will spin and the butter in the gateways will keep count of the number of spins. There for keep track of a relative power consumption during a period. With an integration with a database and calculation, this can produce some nice graphs and estimate… so we imagined…..

Well… recently I read about Google’s power meter. I was like… “Oh my Gosh”… that was what we were working on…. Sigh… just did not have enough resources to make it happen like Google though.

But all in all… this is pretty exciting news.

OK… This is one of the coolest technology thing that I have done in a while… Aside from all the stuff at work. Anyway, my D-Link DI-614+ has been acting up lately. BTW the DI-614+ is a home gateway router with 802.11b wireless built in. I bought it about 2 years ago. It is actually been a pretty good little box. But anyway recently, it has been acting up, I see my interfaces on my computer dropping in and out and my Packet8 phone was also dropping. At first I thought it was the cheap internet phone dropping, but then I realized that my computer was also dropping and the DI-614+’s M2 light would blink and the device resets. I know that was not a good sign. After upgrading the new firmware on the DI-614+ and realizing that it still isn’t fixed, I decided to get me a new home router. So I spend 65 bucks and got me a Linksys WRT54G. Yep an 802.11g router. But wait… there is more. This router is 100% hackable. Which means, you can put your own firmware on it and make it in to a linux box. COOL!!!!!

Well… this is what I decide to put on my Linksys WRT54G.

WiFiBox 2.02.2.1

some of the features are listed in this site.

But I will just highlight some of the features for you.

You can telnet to the WRT54G box… neat …but pretty useless.

SNMP… yep… soon you will seen an MRTG graph of my router on my site … whoo hoo

Advance Wireless features… meaning… I can boost the output power of this WiFi AP. COOL!

predefined Server ports… yeah… Linksys should have had this one in their default load.

and

PPTP SERVER!!! yes .. you read it correctly!!! SERVER!!!

no longer do I have to use my windows box to act as a VPN server. This little box will do it all!!!

Cool huh?!

Anyway… it is also an router… if you want there is another load that actually lets you do OSPF and BGP. Humm… get couple of them and use them to study the concept of OSPF and BGP… ha ha ha!!!!

ok… I guess I should include a picture right?

Enjoy…

SWEET!!!!