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Raspberry Pi Tower Monitor

Raspberry Pi Tower Monitor

Having active equipment run at remote sites has always been worrisome with heat waves, but typically you have a few spare devices that you just use to replace failed equipment. Now, cabinets do exist that provide heaters or air conditioning, but lets be real. Those are expensive. More expensive than a couple switch or UPS replacements over 10 years, and you have to perform maintenance on them every year. Has this ever happened to you? You are poor, and can’t…

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Historical ONT Light Levels

Historical ONT Light Levels

This feature has been requested for years by our team and I have never had the time to really dive in and add the functionality. Since the FMS has been transitioning to a microservice backend, it was further put off and continued to be put off as the FMS core functionality was migrated. Upon discussion in a Calix Community thread, it brought the idea back to the front burner. In addition, we’ve had a higher number of devices reporting low…

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Alpha 221c LED Sign

Alpha 221c LED Sign

Covid-19 is here, and I’ve been keeping to myself a lot more after work. For reference, our office is currently an old school that we have been squatting in for a couple years, and one of the old buildings had an LED sign that dated back to the late 80’s. This thing came with a power supply and nothing else. No documents and no keyboard to program it, nada. Also, no documentation was found for this specific model online. After…

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Calix AXOS Console Cable

Calix AXOS Console Cable

Recently we ran into an issue where we were required to get into a E3-16F with a console cable. This was due to a downgrade from R3.1.4 to R2.3.3.2. Such a downgrade causes the updated configuration file to not be read correctly and throws a running suspect alarm in the unit. The unit boots with no problem, but it was totally inaccessible from any interface. The solution was to use a console cable. Calix does not provide console cables, nor…

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Hoodland Library Transition

Hoodland Library Transition

Last month, SandyNet had to get Internet connectivity from the old Hoodland library, across the street, to the new one. Part of the switch required a new line to be drug from our splice case on Welches road to the new library. Northsky got an OFS 24 pair (I think?) to the site, but left it coiled up outside. So, the team and I performed the first ever SandyNet aerial splice. In addition, Chris and I did a tower climb a…

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Introducing Speedtest Stats!

Introducing Speedtest Stats!

Within the past couple of months, we set up a speedtest server, that our customers, and everyone else can test to, to see how fast their internet is to Sandy, OR. All tests and accessible information is stored on OOKLA’s reporting site, and can be downloaded in a CSV format. What we wanted to do is graph this data. Instead of using an MS product like Excel to graph data, and updating records and adding new tests to an existing…

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