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Packets Down Range #3: October 27 ISP News & More

For this edition, I am posting it a day early. Depending on how traffic goes, Thursday may be the new day for this newsletter. Since we are still new, expect some changes like this until things work out. If you are a supporter, don’t forget about the Patreon edition, which has even more news.

Fall is in full force here in Indiana. The leaves are changing, Halloween is approaching, and computer geeks are starting to spend even more time indoors. In this issue, we touch on updates, security, and a few other topics. It is also 3rd quarter of investor relations for many publicly traded companies. This newsletter is sponsored by Fiber Data Internet Exchange and Atheral.

Data Center News

•Many data centers are preparing to go into the holiday moratorium for changes. This means major changes will not be made to critical systems. This is usually done because of vacations and such for the holiday season, lasting from Thanksgiving until after the new year.

•Sabey Data centers are building a hyper-scale data center in Austin. Each cabinet can have 100KW of power. This is enough to power 25 to 50 average homes.

Netrality expands 210 North tucker in St. Louis.


Backbone News
Cogent investor Call November 3rd, 2022

Consolidated Communications Investor call on November 1st, 2022


ISP News
•Call of Duty Modern Warfare is coming. Prepare for spikes in network traffic if you are an ISP.

•Starry nixes Fixed Wireless expansion and lays off 500 workers. Article 1 Article 2

•Speaking of tech layoffs. Microsoft, Meta, and others are laying off workers and cutting down on spending. Cox and Zayo also impose layoffs.

Utility companies are taking on the telecom companies in force. Companies like HoosierNet are forming, across the country, to conquer the middle mile as a response.

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company Investor call on November 2nd, 2022.

•TDS Telecom announced 3rd quarter results.

Cox announces edge location in Nebraska. We are seeing a push to get content closer and closer to the “eyeball” users. As data demands increase, even 100 gig pipes will begin to fill.


Podcasts
Heavy Networking #652 from the Packet Pushers folks

•Network Chuck talks about hacking using a photo.

•Art of network engineering Episode 103

•The Brothers WISP #172


Other Industry News
•You have 15 minutes to secure your network. Kinda

Labels are coming to consumer electronics rating them on how insecure or secure they are.

•Zoom to hold an investor day on November 8th, 2022

Senet closes a $16 million funding round.
The funding positions Senet to meet increasing global demand for LoRaWAN™ network deployment and carrier-grade connectivity services as organizations adopt digital solutions for mission critical infrastructure improvements, process optimization, safety and security, and contactless data collection.


Industry Events

Let’s Talk broadband event on November 9th, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. Several vendors, folks from WISPA, and others are slated to attend.

H5 Data Centers has an event in Cleveland on November 4th, 2022, at Top Golf.


Tech Items
Came across the neat little USB-c multimeter device. Have you ever wondered if your laptop is charging and how much voltage is drawing?

Check out this tech tip from ISP Supplies on Wireless Equipment grounding.

Scan your RouterOS devices for vulnerabilities with RouterOS Scanner.

Cambium epmp firmware 5.3 is out. This is for the AX platform, which is mainly the Force 400 and Force 425 line.


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ISP News for the week ending April29th, 2022

Cloudflare blocks a 15rps DDOs Attack.
https://blog.cloudflare.com/15m-rps-ddos-attack/

Good news regarding the chip shortage.
“America’s ambitions to rebuild its semiconductor manufacturing industry took a step forward on Monday with the opening of a specialty chip fabrication plant in central New York.”
https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Tech/Semiconductors/U.S.-opens-first-major-silicon-carbide-chip-plant-in-New-York

The United States joins 55 nations to set Internet rules
https://www.reuters.com/technology/us-joins-55-nations-set-new-global-rules-internet-2022-04-28/

Will a re-brand of Frontier help its image?
https://www.telecompetitor.com/frontier-rebrand-aims-to-be-the-unmistakable-icon-of-gigabit-america/

New on Californias Net Neutrality Law
California’s net neutrality law is similar to the federal rules repealed under former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. California prohibits ISPs from blocking or throttling lawful traffic. It also prohibits requiring fees from websites or online services to deliver or prioritize their traffic to consumers, bans paid data cap exemptions (so-called “zero-rating”), and says that ISPs may not attempt to evade net neutrality protections by slowing down traffic at network interconnection points.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/04/isps-cant-find-any-judges-who-will-block-california-net-neutrality-law/

Mikrotik releases 7.3Beta37
*) bonding – fixed LACP flapping for RB5009 and CCR2004-16G-2S+ devices;
*) bridge – fixed packet marking for IP/IPv6 firewall;
*) dot1x – improved server stability when using re-authentication;
*) fetch – improved full disk detection;
*) gps – fixed minor value unit typo;
*) l3hw – improved offloading for directly connected hosts on CRS305, CRS326-24G-2S+, CRS328, CRS318, CRS310;
*) led – fixed QSFP+, QSFP28 activity LEDs when using 40Gbps modules (introduced in v7.3beta33);
*) lte – disabled wait for LTE auto attach;
*) mpls – fixed MPLS MTU and path MTU selection;
*) ovpn – fixed hardware offloading support on CHR;
*) ovpn – improved Windows client disconnect procedure in UDP mode;
*) ovpn – moved authentication failure messages to “info” logging level;
*) ppp – added warning when using prefix length other than /64 for router advertisement;
*) ppp – fixed “remote-ipv6-prefix” parameter unsetting;
*) ppp – fixed issue with multiple active sessions when “only-one” is enabled;
*) routerboot – properly reset system configuration when protected bootloader is enabled and reset button used;
*) rsvp-te – improved stability when “Resv” received for non-existing session;
*) sfp – improved QSFP/SFP interface initialization for 98DXxxxx switches;
*) switch – fixed missing stats from traffic-monitor for 98DXxxxx and 98PX1012 switches;
*) system – fixed RouterOS bootup when wifiwave2 package is installed (introduced in v7.3beta34);
*) system – fixed rare partial loss of RouterOS configuration after package upgrade/downgrade/install/uninstall;
*) user-manager – improved stability when received EAP attribute with non-existing state attribute;
*) vpls – fixed “pw-l2mtu” parameter usage;

RouterOS 7 goes RC

What’s new in 7.1rc1 (2021-Aug-19 13:06):

!) added support for IPv6 NAT (CLI only);
!) added support for L2TPv3 (CLI only);
*) added “expired” user status with suggestion to change password (WinBox v3.29 required);
*) added bridge HW offload support for vlan-filtering on RTL8367 switch chip (RB4011, RB1100AHx4);
*) added password strength requirement settings;
*) added skin support for WinBox (WinBox v3.29 required);
*) fixed support for RIP (Routing Information Protocol);
*) improved general stability and performance;
*) other minor fixes and improvements;

Mikrotik adds btest.exe back

If you are looking for a way to bandwidth test from a PC through to a Mikrotik, here is your solution.

https://mt.lv/btest

It supports RouterOS version 6.43 and newer. Advice from Mikrotik:
Please remember that Bandwidth Test uses a lot of resources. If you want to test real throughput of a router, you should run Bandwidth Test through the tested router not from or to it. To do this you need at least 3 devices connected in chain: the Bandwidth Test server, the router being tested and the Bandwidth Test client.

Mikrotik 7.1beta4 is out

What’s new in 7.1beta4 (2021-Feb-03 09:39):

*) api – added support for REST API;
*) crs3xx – fixed Layer3 hardware offloading;
*) route – routing rules improvements;
*) winbox – added support for wifiwave2;
*) winbox – updated User Manager, OSPF and BGP menus;
*) wifiwave2 – authentication and functionality improvements;
*) other fixes and improvements;

Mikrotik Releases 6.47.6

What’s new in 6.47.6 (2020-Oct-21 10:41):

*) cap – fixed L2MTU path discovery;
*) crs3xx – fixed hardware offloaded LACP bonding on Ethernet interfaces for CRS354 devices;
*) crs3xx – fixed switch rules for CRS309 and CRS317 devices (introduced in v6.47.3);
*) defconf – fixed default configuration loading on RBmAP-2nD;
*) dhcpv4-client – fixed DHCP offer packet parsing with overload option present;
*) dhcpv6-server – properly save bindings when executing “make-static” command;
*) fetch – improved SSL handshake processing;
*) ike1 – allow using “my-id” parameter with XAuth;
*) leds – fixed LED type setting;
*) lora – expose “joinEui” un “devEui” values in the log;
*) lte – fixed multiple APN passthrough on R11e-4G;
*) lte – improved EARFCN reporting in 3G and LTE modes on Sierra modems;
*) lte – limit allowed APN count to 3 on R11e-LTE;
*) mpls – fixed duplicate “LabelRelease” message sending;
*) ospf – optimized LSA printing for smaller message sizes;
*) radius – added “Service-Type” attribute to Access-Request for IPv4 and IPv6 DHCP servers;
*) smips – reduced RouterOS main package size;
*) switch – fixed Ethernet padding for small packets;
*) user – improved WinBox and The Dude authenticated session handling;
*) vrrp – made “password” parameter sensitive;
*) w60g – general stability and performance improvements;
*) wireless – added support for US FCC UNII-2 and Canada country profiles for NetMetal series devices;
*) wireless – fixed incorrect wireless capability information in association response frames;

Mikrotik Routeros 7.0beta7

What’s new in 7.0beta7 (2020-Jun-3 16:31):

!) added Layer3 hardware offloading support for CRS317-1G-16S+RM more info here: https://wiki.mikrotik.com/wiki/Manual:CRS3xx_series_switches#L3_Hardware_Offloading
!) enabled BGP support with multicore peer processing (CLI only);
!) enabled RPKI support (CLI only);
!) ported features and fixes introduced in v6.47;
!) routing updates, complete status report: https://help.mikrotik.com/docs/display/ROS/v7+Routing+Protocol+Status
!) system kernel has been updated to version 5.6.3;
*) other minor fixes and improvements;

Mikrotik 6.45.9 Noteables

What’s new in 6.45.9 (2020-Apr-30 10:25):
https://www.mikrotik.com/download

*) chr – added support for file system quiescing;
*) chr – enabled support for VMBus protocol version 4.1;
*) chr – improved system stability when running CHR on Hyper-V;
*) crs3xx – fixed frame forwarding after disabling/enabling bridge hardware offloading for CRS354-48G-4S+2Q+ device;
*) crs3xx – fixed interface statistics for CRS354-48G-4S+2Q+ and CRS354-48P-4S+2Q+ devices;
*) crs3xx – fixed switch rule “dst-port” parameter for IPv6 traffic on CRS305-1G-4S+, CRS326-24G-2S+, CRS328-24P-4S+, CRS328-4C-20S-4S+, netPower 15FR devices;
*) crs3xx – improved SFP+ DAC cable initialization for CRS326-24S+2Q+ device;
*) defconf – added welcome note with common first steps for new users;
*) discovery – do not send CDP and LLDP packets on interfaces that does not have MAC address;
*) ipsec – improved system stability when handling fragmented packets;
*) lte – added “phy-cellid” value support for LTE-US;
*) lte – fixed IP type selection from APN on RBSXTLTE3-7;
*) lte – improved system stability when performing firmware update on R11e-LTE6;
*) ssh – added support for RSA keys with SHA256 hash (RFC8332);
*) system – correctly handle Generic Receive Offloading (GRO) for MPLS traffic;
*) system – improved system stability when forwarding traffic from switch chip to CPU (introduced in v6.43);
*) system – improved system stability when receiving/sending TCP traffic on multicore devices;

Mikrotik Router OS 6.46.2 is out

Notables from the changelog of Mikrotik RouterOS 6.46.2

*) console – prevent “flash” directory from being removed (introduced in v6.46);
*) crs305 – disable optical SFP/SFP+ module Tx power after disabling SFP+ interface;
*) defconf – fixed default configuration loading on RBwAPG-60adkit (introduced in v6.46);
*) lora – fixed packet sending when using “antenna-gain” higher than 5dB;
*) lte – fixed “cell-monitor” on R11e-LTE in 3G mode;
*) lte – fixed “earfcn” reporting on R11e-LTE6 in UMTS and GSM modes;
*) lte – report only valid info parameters on R11e-LTE6;
*) qsfp – do not report bogus monitoring readouts on modules without DDMI support;
*) qsfp – improved module monitoring readouts for DAC and break-out cables;
*) security – fixed vulnerability for routers with default password (limited to Wireless Wire), admin could login on startup with empty password before default configuration script was fully loaded;
*) system – fixed “*.auto.rsc” file execution (introduced in v6.46);
*) traffic-generator – improved memory handling on CHR;
*) winbox – fixed “Default Route Distance” default value when creating new LTE APN;

Full changelog at
https://mikrotik.com/download