AllStar node numbers are a finite resource. We were getting close to issuing numbers starting with 5. Then we found there are unused numbers in the block beginning with 4 and have begun issuing those. Obviously those will run out at some point. So, the question is, what do we do next?
Numbers starting with 3, 8 and 9 are used for other applications, leaving us with unused numbers starting with 5, 6 and 7. If we switch to seven digit node numbers that would give us 3 million available node numbers. But we have a better idea and this is where we’d like your input.
The new node number plan we are floating will allow you to optionally change your existing number in such a way that you will gain up to ten sequential node numbers from any of your existing numbers. Simply put, your existing node xxxx would become xxxx0. Then you could add xxxx1 through xxxx9. You do this yourself without involvement of the AllStarLink admin team.
The details are explained in this white paper https://wiki.allstarlink.org/wiki/NNX. I may be able to arrange a screen share demo on a limited basis.
Any changes to node numbers are completely optional. If you don’t want to change then simply would not use the proposed portal features. Even if you did make a change and wanted to go back, you could.
The plan alleviates pressure on number space if you have more than one node number and you release those into the pool of available node numbers. Because you gain sequential numbers beginning with a number you already have, we feel most people will be willing to give up their least favorite numbers. Also, going forward we can encourage folks requesting additional node numbers to consider the advantages of using the method described in the white paper.
We are opening a comment period being now and ending on July 1. Assuming there are no serious objections to the plan, the new portal site will be updated after the comment period.