FAIL (the browser should render some flash content, not this).

|   Home   |   Get Started

Getting Started with AllStar Link Network

In order to become a member of the AllStar Link Network, you must first Register to become user of this Portal system. To qualify for membership, you must be a holder of a valid Amateur Radio license.

There are basically two types of users.

One is a standard user, who is a user of one or more Allstar Link systems, and has access to connect to systems via the WebTransceiver (from this Portal) or the Telephone Portal, in addition to accessing the systems via the radio.

The other is a 'system operator'. This type of user runs and/or maintains one or more AllStar Link radio systems (nodes) and has access to administrate them via this Portal.

When you first register to become a new user, you enter in the required information, and then a verification e-mail is sent to your specified e-mail address that includes a link to click on that allows us to verify the validity of your e-mail address. Afterwards, a member of our staff will verify the validity of your Amateur Radio license, and will validate your information and enable you to use our system. When validated, you will receive an email accordingly.

After validation, if you are a standard user, then you're done. You can go ahead and enjoy the use of the facilities of this Portal and all the Allstar Link Network has to offer.

If you are a 'system operator' user, then you have more work ahead of you.

Our archetecture provides for 2 organizational entities: 'Servers' and 'Nodes'.

A 'Server' is a computer system at a particular location. On it there may be one or more 'Nodes'.

A 'Node' is a single radio system. There may be more then one 'Node' on a particular 'Server' but most of our users just have one 'Node' attached. A 'Node' may be set up in several different ways. It may be a full-duplex repeater system or several different varieties of simplex operations (a conventional-type transceiver), or a 'hub' which has no radio hardware connected to it whatsoever.

Each entity is created separately. First, a 'Server' is created and configured (by filling in various information in the provided forms). Then, 'Nodes' are requested (created, associated with the previously created 'Server') and, upon approval are configured in a manner similar to 'Servers'. When all 'Nodes' are added and configured, the server then needs to be downloaded

The first time a server is downloaded must be done manualy with the 'download-portalconfig' script that was supplied with your ACID or Limey Linux distrubution. The script downloads a script from the configuration server, then runs that script, which asks for your Portal username and password, and prompts you to select which 'Server' you wish to download (or not, if you only have one), and then verifies that you want to proceed with the download, and then performs the download and the configuration of your system. Once downloaded, you must at least re-start Asterisk, or better yet, just reboot your system.

Once the first manual download has successfully occurred, you can use the 'Download Server' option from the Portal's 'Server' drop-down menu. This causes the server to download the configruation, configure the system accordingly, and restarts Asterisk.

If you wish to "roll your own" configuration (create/edit the Asterisk configuration on your server yourself), simply set the 'Node' type to 'Configure Only'. This will prevent the system from even attempting to download configuration for that node. If all the nodes on a 'Server' are 'Configure Only', then the server will not even be eligible for configuration downloading.

That's basically it (without going into deep technical detail). We hope you enjoy the use of the AllStar Link Network and all it has to offer. This service is and always will be provided free-of-charge to all Amateur Radio Operators of the World for the betterment of Mankind. If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or wish to contribute to this project somehow, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you for choosing the AllStar Link Network.