In order to setup a tunnel connection between two AREDN nodes, one node needs to act as the server, and the other as the client. See the current list of tunnels to know who to contact.
In this example, VA7FI-HAP-1 is the server and VE7RBE-HAP-1 is the client (and the details are made up):
VE7RBE-HAP-1is Robert's node name.
172.31.39.164is automatically assigned by the hAP.
In addition to this information, VA7FI's public IP address will also need to be given to VE7RBE. To find your public IP address quickly, you can simply search for “what's my ip” in your favourite search engine:
22.214.171.124is VA7FI-HAP-1's public IP address
172.31.39.164is the Net address automatically generated by VA7FI-HAP-1
Most residential internet services are given a single dynamic IP address, which means that the address can change every few days or so (or when the router power cycles). This means that when a server node suddenly gets a new public IP address, the client node can't find it anymore.
One solution is to use a Dynamic_DNS service like No-IP. These services query your dynamic IP address, and translate it into a static hostname. It's that hostname that you then give the AREDN client (instead of your public IP address).
However, the No-IP service needs to be “told” when your dynamic IP address changes. This can be done by installing a small program that notifies them of the change, or alternatively, some routers have that function already built in. For example, on my Telus T3200M router, I can enter my No-IP account information under:
With this setup, every time Telus gives me a new public IP address, the router notifies No-IP, which updates it so that
myfancyhostname.ddns.net continues to point to my router. So using
myfancyhostname.ddns.net instead of
126.96.36.199 as the Server address will ensure the connection continues when the IP address changes.
On Telus, I had to forward port 5525 to my hAP. There are two steps to this.
Just like Telus gives me a dynamic IP address, my router gives my devices dynamic IP addresses as well. The first step is to force the router to always give the same IP address to the hAP. On the T3200M this is done in: