Hi, I’m Bryan (W1BRI). I just completed a portable mini repeater based on ORP/SVXLink using a Raspberry Pi. I also have a main EchoLink node on my home network (W1BRI-R, 3819) and have this setup using port forwarding (UDP, 5198, 5199, TCP 5200). I ran into some challenges trying to have mini repeater running on proxy at home along with the main W1BRI-R, you can only have one EchoLink station with one IP as everyone probably already knows. So after reading about AllStarLinik it seems like the better way to go in regards to linking repeaters together.
Before I decide on what interface hardware to purchase I have some general questions that I would like to ask first before jumping in.
1.) My plan is to deploy the portable mini repeater at some location such as my nephew’s beach house where I can hop on his WiFi just using his WiFi credentials that are located in the wpa_supplicant.conf file on the R_Pi. I don’t want to have to log into his home router and setup up any port forwarding. So this means I will need to learn how to setup a AllStarLink (ASL) proxy at my home QTH that can be reached/used by the portable repeater. From what little I have read so far this doesn’t seem too hard and doable. Also the port (4569) used by AllStarLink (ASL) is different than what my main EchoLink repeater is using so the port forwarding should be easy to setup. Once I get this portable repeater working on AllStarLink I know I will like it and probably switch over the main W1BRI-R repeater over to AllStarLink at some point. Now for my 2nd question:
2.) Assuming I have the portable repeater all working can I also bridge over to my main W1BRI-R EchoLink repeater, from what I have read so far this seems possible and welcomed.
So as a newbie I’d like to understand the difficulties in accomplishing this mini repeater project.
Its a pretty easy job for me to re-image my R_Pi for AllStarLink and do some minor re-wiring to use whatever interface I should go with, probably DMK URI or RB USB RIM Lite, any suggestions?
I’m pretty knowledgeable hardware wise but do struggle with software hi hi.
I think AllStarLink also supports Parrot mode in case nobody wants to talk to me hi hi.
I tried to upload a PDF showing my portable repeater project but got a complaint that new users can’t upload attachments, bummer.
Appreciate any support or advice before jumping in.