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DHCPatriot version 5.2.1 has been released.


This is a maintenance with bug fixes only. Only DHCPatriot systems experiencing the bugs repaired in this release will receive this software. All of the fixes from this release will of course be in version 5.3.0.

Release notes:

  • Added hardware support for the 2013-1 model of DHCPatriot system.
  • Gave space on startup to launching programs so that they don`t all launch simultaneously. This should help with some freeze-up on startup problems.
  • Added diagnostic software that will allow us to access hardware information in the field.
  • Repaired a problem where if both circuit and remote ids were provided in option 82, the remote-id was not recorded.
  • Repaired a problem that could cause the daily cron tasks to possibly hang and therefore not run the next day.
  • When DHCP log storage gets to large, it can cause slowdowns and problems on the DHCPatriot. A watchdog has been introduced to clean the logs if they get to large. * Please note that this refers to logs not session information, in other words the transitory information used for troubleshooting someone`s DHCP problems, not the storage of what IP address was used by whom at what time *
  • Added extra information to the log file when an invalid DHCP event is encountered so that we may find the offending event and remove it.


2013-04-28 10:30:27

 

 

DHCPatriot update 5.2.0 released!


DHCPatriot update 5.2.0 has been released. Patch notes for this release.

  1. It is now possible to add fully qualified domain names to the DHCPatriot
  2. Force lower case usernames now works from the admin form. Previously it only worked from the customer facing authentication page.
  3. ISC DHCP version 4.2.4-P1 is now the core dhcp server. This release contains bug fixes as well as some refinements.
  4. Sticky IP notes are now possible. Notes can be included with a sticky IP assignment so that it can be remembered why it was done.
  5. Exclude IP notes are now possible. Notes can be included with an excluded IP so that it can be remembered why it was done.
  6. DHCPatriotHealth now alerts if the processing of leases is behind by a measureable amount (100KB).
  7. New Lease Length options have been added (2 minutes / 1 minutes / 30 seconds). Please note that these should ONLY be used on unauthenticated subnets, and ONLY if you are sure that it will be OK with all devices on the network. The default lease length for unauthenticated and authenticated subnets remains at 3 minutes and 8 hours respectively.
  8. Captive portal login and thank you pages can now be totally replaced with your own content.
  9. Repaired a problem where static IP was not being entered during web page authentication if it was not in a special static network (this is no longer required but was still being required by login page).
  10. Turned down verbosity of EDAC so that it wouldn't continuously print log messages about ECC operations on so equipped DHCPatriot machines. It will still print errors.
  11. A new report called Possible Hijacked IP is available under Auth DHCP Reports and Standard DHCP Reports. This report shows IP addresses that have been declined by a DHCP client in the last thirty days. It is useful for finding those DHCP Pool Addresses that have been manually configured on some equipment.
  12. A bug was reported regarding suspend old devices. The update code was found to not be working properly and so devices that shouldnt have been suspended would get suspended. We have repaired the update code.
  13. DHCPatriot software now supports running as a KVM virtual machine. This will allow us to release the DHCPatriot system for running inside a Red Hat virtual, for example, at some future date.
  14. ACPI power events are now supported. This really has no relevance on the hardware based DHCPatriot system. This does, however, allow a virtual to be shut down.
  15. It is now possible to search sessions for longer than 24 hours as long as you provide the username, MAC address, or IP address. If none of these is provided it will restrict to 24 hours of sessions.
  16. Option 82 information is now recorded with the sessions. Search Sessions now has an 82 shown with each entry. Clicking this link results in a popup window that displays option 82 information for the session, if available.
  17. New version of cron has been installed. The previous version had an issue that could cause cron jobs to no longer run. This would in turn cause logs to reach the maximum file size as they were not rotated.
  18. New Linux kernel installed.
  19. Option 82 information is now sent in the RADIUS accounting start packets in the Called-Station-Id attribute, if available.
  20. It is now possible to set NTP servers for the DHCPatriot to use to retrieve time. If none are set, the DHCPatriot will continue to use the FNGi NTP servers.
  21. It is now possible to set NTP servers for the DHCPatriot to give to customers via DHCP. If none are set the DHCPatriot will continue to give out its own IP addresses as the NTP servers to customers.
  22. Upped the limit of the number of IPs that could be tracked making inbound connections to port 80 for rate limiting purposes from 100 to 10240. Some systems had more than 100 devices making large amounts of connections to the system at a rapid pace.
  23. It is now possible to set DNS servers for the DHCPatriot to give to customers via DHCP per network. If none are set the DHCPatriot will continue to give out the default DNS servers to customers.
  24. Database backup has been altered to facilitate more reliable backup and make it easier to restore in event of catastrophic failure.
  25. It is now possible to specify per-network RADIUS servers. A default server must be specified, and then per-network RADIUS servers may be specified. This may make things more complicated. Especially if there are overlapping usernames. If there are overlapping usernames, then suspensions will need to be done by MAC address instead of username.
  26. The DHCPatriot can now receive per-user Simultaneous Use Restrictions from RADIUS in the attribute number 62 (Port-Limit). Even if the global SimUseEnable setting is turned off on the DHCPatriot, setting Port-Limit as a RADIUS reply attribute will cause the DHCPatriot to limit the number of Simultaneous Sessions to the integer provided. The per-user setting overrides the global setting for that user.
  27. Built-In Authentication now supports setting a Simultaneous Use Restriction for each user. This is in conjunction with the DHCPatriot now supporting a per-user Simultaneous Use Restriction as mentioned above.
  28. It is now possible to mass change TFTP file assignments. This can be accessed under Standard DHCP Actions -> TFTP File Maintenance. Wildcard (asterisk (*)) may be used in the filename to match multiple similar files for consolidation purposes.
  29. It is now possible to add/edit/suspend/delete customers in the built-in authentication using new API calls.

If you have any questions on how to make sure you have the latest version of the DHCPatriot software on your system, please contact us at dhcpatriot@network1.net or 1-800-578-6381 Option 3.


2013-01-10 12:05:19

 

 

DHCPatriot update 5.1.2 released!


DHCPatriot update 5.1.2 has been released. Patch notes for this release.

 

  1. Added firewall rules to place a limit on the number of connections that can be opened by a single client machine to the web authentication page. The limit is 20 hits in 10 seconds. It works like this: once a client opens his 20th connection in 10 seconds, he cannot open anymore. If he continues to try during the time that he cannot open more connections, this counts as well. The client machine will need to wait and not open any more connetions until 10 seconds has passed. It is unlikely that clients with a virus infection opening large amounts of web page ports will be able to get to the authentication page.
  2. Changed MaxRequestsPerChild to 1024 from 0 in the web server. This will allow running servers to exit after serving a certain number of pages as per manufacturer recommendation.
  3. Removed text wrapping from all textareas to prevent inconsistancies with visual wrap versus storage of actual data.
  4. Added some more error messages to the suspend user function. Previously - mass suspending users was confusing because it reported no individual success. Also, when a mac address was invalid, no specific error was displayed which was also confusing. These success/error messages have been added.
  5. Added snmpd, ntpd and mysqld to the daily restart list for maintenance purposes.
  6. Added support for adding custom DHCP configurations to each standard dynamic subnet. This is similar to the global configuration available in the general settings, but is on a per-subnet basis.
  7. Repaired an issue with the graph where the maximum utilization always read 0% ... it now reads the correct percentage.
  8. Repaired an issue where sticky ips username was case sensitive. This was not meant to be case sensitive and the problem has been corrected.
  9. Administrator accounts created in the CLI menu interface previously wound up being DES encrypted. This has been corrected and these passwords are now MD5 encrypted the same as those created in the web administration interface.
  10. Repaired a problem where automatically suspending old devices could cause a problem on the system making it unstable.

 

If you have any questions on how to make sure you have the latest version of the DHCPatriot software on your system, please contact us at dhcpatriot@network1.net or 1-800-578-6381 Option 3.


2012-07-17 15:26:40

 

 

Product Development is Expanding


First Network Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent growth of its Product Development department to better align itself with new client opportunities. Michael "Wulf" Wulfhorst joined the Product Development department July 1 as a Product Specialist where he is assisting with the operation, testing and diagnostics of our popular DHCPatriot, platform as well as other Product Development solutions.

 

"It is our great pleasure to add Wulf to our Product Development department. This addition increases the depth and breadth of Product Development, expanding the resources available to customers of the increasingly popular DHCPatriot DHCP management platform," remarked Steve Walter, President and CEO, First Network Group, Inc. "The demand for the DHCPatriot in Fiber To The Home (FTTH) deployment, combined with the Patriot's popularity with ISPs, required us to expand to meet growing customer needs."

 

Michael "Wulf" Wulfhorst started at First Network Group in 2002 as an entry-level support technician in order to use his computer knowledge and skills professionally. This was Wulf's first chance to apply his know-how in the tech industry since studying Network Administration at Rhode's State College.

 

Wulf's love affair with technology began at the age of 12. His first computer, a Commodore 64, quickly became his passion and he was engrossed with the possibilities of programs and games the platform afforded him. As his new hobby grew, so did his collection of computers and in 1995 he accessed the Internet for the first time and has not looked back since. He has been fascinated with the history of very complex systems like ENIAC turning into mere household items and then for a nearly ubiquitous household item to merge with the Internet and be used as a means to unite the globe.

 

Since joining First Network Group, Wulf has received numerous awards and quickly attained the rank of Senior Technician. As a member of this elite group of technicians he has been responsible for maintaining operational support for all Tier 1 technicians, as well as creating and maintaining support documentation and reporting.

 

The DHCPatriot is an easy to use, stable platform for management of general purpose DHCP networks. The DHCPatriot also offers authenticated DHCP in broadband subscriber, IPTV, cable modem or traditional networks. For additional information visit our website www.network1.net.


2012-07-17 10:06:22

 

 

How long were you on the phone in 2011?


In 2011 our Tech Support & Call Center services spent 225,765 minutes on the phone helping customers to enjoy their internet service and helping with 611, TV and cell phone issues. That's over 5 months of non-stopping talking!


2012-05-10 10:59:54

 

 

DHCPatriot 5.1.0 Update has been released!


First Network Group, Inc is proud to announce the latest software update to our flexible and powerful DHCPatriot.

Version 5.1.0 of the software, freely available to all equipment covered under our maintenance and health plan, features a great number of new features, requested additions and paves the way further for support for IPV6 technology.

To review the features of this release please review our primer document for this update located at here.

We will be contacting DHCPatriot owners over the coming days to arrange a time to install version 5.1.0 on your DHCPatriot system.


2012-05-01 15:15:28

 

 

DHCPatriot featured in Brocade Next Gen Setup Scenarios


Brocade, an industry leader in providing reliable, high-performance network solutions, crafted several deployment scenarios featuring the DHCPatriot to deliver a home broadband end-to-end solution.

These scenarios encompass Optical Network Termination (ONT), Multiscreen TV delivery, Edge Caching and Video Quality monitoring utilizing equipment and technology from industry leaders such as Microsoft, Verivue, Ineoquest, and Sandvine.

Click here to review this document.


2012-04-10 14:22:19