APRS to DAPNET gateway (2)
This user-friendly Debian application called 'a2d' facilitates the transmission of APRS messages to DAPNET. Initially, NY3W has created this application for personal use, but has the believe it has the potential to benefit the broader DAPNET community as well.
NY3W is committed to maintaining 'a2d' as a free and open-source software, continuously improving its functionality. To make it accessible to the community, he has uploaded the application to GitHub and has a v1.0.0 release in there too.
You can find the project at the following link: https://github.com/NGC2023/a2d
Addition of September 6th. 2023
The latest iteration of a2d represents a significant overhaul from its predecessor, with a primary focus on enhancing the user experience. Here's a brief overview of the key features that the a2d web portal now offers:
1. User-Friendly Flask Web App: We've introduced a user-friendly web application powered by Flask, eliminating the need for users to navigate through complex command lines to utilize a2d effectively.
2. Interactive UI: The new user interface provides real-time visibility into a2d's status and message logs, making it easier than ever to monitor operations.
3. Light and Dark Modes: We've incorporated both light and dark modes to cater to different user preferences, ensuring an aesthetically pleasing interface.
4. Enhanced Security: Security is paramount, and we've implemented a PIN access system protected by a passphrase, adding an extra layer of protection to your data.
5. Configuration Management: Users can conveniently back up and restore a2d configurations, streamlining the setup process.
6. User Guidance: The portal now includes a dedicated Instructions section to assist users in navigating and utilizing a2d effectively.
7. Automatic Logout: To enhance security further, the portal features an automatic logout mechanism after 20 minutes of inactivity.
8. APRS Fetch Interval Management: We've introduced intelligent APRS fetch interval management to prevent APRS account lockouts.
9. Customization Options: Users can now easily access listen port settings, server name configurations, and manage SSL certificates, including self-signed and CA certificates.
10. Default Settings: An option to select a2d default settings is now available for user convenience.
11. Factory Reset: In case of any issues, a factory reset feature has been added, allowing users to retain SSL certificates while resetting a2d.
12. Network Health Monitoring: The portal includes network health monitoring, tracking round trip time (RTT) to APRS and DAPNET servers for proactive management.