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June 2013 Newsletter
News from Freenet Antennas

PtP-AF24 AirFiber ... Exceeds Expectations

The Ubiquiti AirFiber product is fast - 1400Mbps - but due to ACMA regulations, we are not allowed to get the 13+ km range advertised in USA. Based on calculations using the published specifications from Ubiquiti, the practical range in Australia (including a typical rain-fade margin) is about 3km.

Recently we have received customer feedback that shows the AirFiber is exceeding expectations. One customer even got a 6 km link. Here is some more information.

Calculated (Theoretical) Distance limits in Australia

These distance limits are calculated from the Ubiquiti AirFiber Datasheet, and the legal EIRP limits set by the ACMA.

Max. Data Rate
Max. Distance (km)
No Rain 6mm/hr 12mm/hr
1500 1.6 1.4 1.2
1000 3.1 2.4 1.9
500 6.2 3.9 3.0
250 7.8 4.6 3.4
62.5 17.5 7.4 5.2

Reported Real World Links

The table below lists some real world results reported by customers. In each case we have verified that the links were not operating beyond the Australian 20 dBm EIRP limit. As you can see, performance has exceeded expectations. This can be explained by the receiver system (Antenna gain and/or sensitivity) being better than official specifications.

Distance (km) Speed (Mbps) Rain? Location
2.8 1500 No Victoria
6 1000 No Victoria
Email us your results!

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Notes and Assumptions

  1. Operating at 24.2 GHz
  2. Max Data Rate is the FDD rate. Full duplex, aggregate of traffic in both directions
  3. ACMA EIRP limit at 24 GHz is 100mW (20 dBm)
  4. Calculations done with rain fade values of:
    • No Rain
    • 1dB/km rain fade (= 6 mm/hr) (= 1/4" per hr)
    • 2dB/km rain fade (= 12 mm/hr) (= 1/2" per hr)

More Information

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This image is of the 2.7km link in very heavy rain. Note the signal dropped but not enought to loose connectivity

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This image shows the AirMAX screen for the 6km link.

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Upcoming Products

The products below have been announced. We will keep you updated via this newsletter as we learn more.

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TOUGHSwitch - POE Switches

Ubiquiti has announced their range of POE switches.

Ports POE

Est Price
(incl GST)
Est. Availability
5 24 $139

In Stock

8 24 and 48 $284

In Stock

TOUGHSwitch-Carrier 16 24 and 48 $630 June 30

More ...



This is physically identical to the 5GHz/25 dBi NanoBridge, but operates in the 2.4 GHz band.




This 3 GHz band product is due in stock at the end of June. It has been fully tested for C-Tick compliance. If you have a need for a 'clean' (licensed) link, you should consider a 3 GHz solution.

This is not the same as the NanoBridgeM365 as sold in USA.

  • NanoBridgeM365
    • 3650 to 3675 MHz only
    • Not certified for use in Australia
  • NanoBridgeM3
    • 3300 to 3700 MHz capable
    • Fully C-Ticked by Freenet Warehouse for use in Australia
    • Compliant with ACMA RALI FX14

3 GHz Licensing in Australia

See ACMA RALI FX3 More...

New Products

These products are now in stock.

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POE 14 to 24V DC/DC Converter


While the nominal input voltage is 14 VDC, the actual supply can be between 9 and 36 VDC. With a fixed output of 24 VDC, this unit is ideal for powering Ubiquiti devices which accept 12 to 24 VDC POE.
  • Solar/Wind Power. Connect this device direct to the 12V or 24V batteries.
  • Marine/Automotive. Most marine/automotive applications use nominal 12 VDC (14 VDC charging), or 24 VDC (28 VDC charging) systems. This unit is compatible with both.

More ...

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This is the first product announced in the EdgeMAX Router series. Ubiquiti has given us a ship date that means we should have these in stock by the end of April.

The world’s lowest price, one million packet-per-second router. Powered by the feature rich EdgeOS featuring a next-generation graphical user interface.

What makes the EdgeRouter Different?

It is a software-definable (configurable) router, running Debian/Linux. While the kernel already has a lot of features built-in, you can add features using the apt-get mechanism to download and install free packages.

Outstanding Performance and Value

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See these reports:


Performance (Layer-3 base forwarding) 1,000,000 pps for 64-byte packets. Line rate (3 Gbps) across all three ports for 512-byte packets and higher
CPU Dual-core MIPS64 processor with hardware acceleration for packet processing and encryption/decryption
Ethernet 3 RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet ports
Memory 512 MB DDR2 RAM
Storage 2 GB
Console 1 RJ-45 serial console port
OS EdgeOS (A custom Debian distro).
Expandable with apt-get if needed.

 More ...

RF Armor Logo

The following new products are in stock now.


1U Universal Rack System

Holds any two of the following:
EdgeMAX Lite Router
Tough Switch (5 port)
Tough Switch Pro (8 port)

1U Rack System - ToughSwitch-8-Pro

Holds any two of the following:
Tough Switch Pro (8 port)

Wall Mount for TS-Pro

The Tough Switch Wall Mount will hold one Ubiquiti Tough Switches Pro 8 port.




Exterior Ethernet Cable Anchor


Exterior Ethernet Cable Clip


 Cluster Mount - 6 Gang



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Mid-Gain 5GHz Titanium Sector Antenna

Ubiquiti has a smaller cousin to the variable-gain/variable-beam-width 5GHz Sector Antenna.



Beamwidth (Deg) Height (cm) Price
AM-V5G-Ti 19 to 21 60 to 120 721 $354
AM-M-V5G-Ti 15 to 17 60 to 120 385 $246

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Ubiquiti Training - airMAX


Upcoming scheduled courses:

 Melbourne 2013 Jun 25-26 Book now
 Brisbane 2013 July 9-10
 Perth 2013 July 30-31
 Sydney 2013 Aug 29-30
 Custom Your office

  Tell us of Your Success

Do you have a WiFi success story you would like to share with other Freenet Antennas customers? If so email us the details and we might publish in our next newsletter.


Recommended Firmware

Each month we will update this table.

Device Recommended Firmware Comments
UltraWAP-G V2 V1.31  
UltraWAP-N Factory FW  
Ubiquiti a/b/g V4.0.1  
Ubiquiti "M" V5.5.6
RouterStation(Pro) OpenWRT Backfire 10.03 Supports MIMO (SR71-12/15 radio cards)
UniFi Controller V2.3.9 if you have UniFi-Pro
V2.2.5 otherwise
V2.3.8/V2.3.9 is showing instabilities.
V2.2.5 will not work with UniFi-PRO
AirVision V1.1.3 Check the forum for latest
AirCam V1.1.5 Check the forum for latest


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