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January 2014 Newsletter
News from Freenet Antennas


Ubiquiti has been busy releasing a range of new products. Not all are shipping yet, but many are.

This newsletter keeps you up to date.

New NanoBeam Range


The new NanoBeam range from Ubiquiti is basically a refresh/update of the familar NanoStation/NanoBridge range. They still operate on 24V POE, but have faster CPUs (560 vs 400 MHz), and some models now include GbE (1000 Mbps) ethernet interfaces. The NanoStation replacements now include a mount that has Elevation adjustment.

When will NanoStations/NanoBridges be obsolete? Short answer: We don't know. We have heard nothing from Ubiquiti on if/when the existing product line of NanoStation/NanoBridge will be End-Of-Life (EOL). We can (and do) still order the NanoStations and NanoBridges and expect to be able to do so for some time yet.

There is no price difference between the NanoStation/NanoBridge and the NanoBeam range.

New Product
Image Equivalent to ETA in Stock
NanoBeam-M5-16 NBE01 NanoStationM5 ???
NanoBeam-M5-19 (new) ???
NanoBeam-M5-300 NBE02 NB-5G22 Feb-2014
NanoBeam-M5-400 NB-5G25 Mar-2014
NanoBeam-M2-400 NB-2G18 Feb-2014
NanoBeam Radome RAD RAD-RD2 ???

 More ...

Introducing the Ubiquiti Universal Controller

Comes with these controller applications pre-installed

  • airVision (installed at the factory)
  • UniFi (installed and enhanced by Freenet Antennas)

Make UniFi installations Quick and Easy!

Ubiquiti recently introduced the airVision-NVR device. This is a Linux computer with 500GB disk in a small, quiet, DC powered enclosure. It comes from the factory with the airVision controller pre-installed. It makes setting up and running an airVision camera system, with motion recording, a breeze.

But ... it is more than capable of also running the UniFi Controller. We don't know why Ubiquiti does not sell a UniFi Controller device like this, but we decided to do it.

You get a normal Ubiquiti airVison-NVR unit, with these enhancements added by Freenet Antennas:

  • Portal (Easy Launch) page modified to add the UniFi controller (see below)
  • UniFi controller pre-installed
  • Improved Hotspot support
    • Much better looking vouchers, with more information. (See below)
    • Added support for vouchers that can be limited by any mix of:
      • Time (Ubiquiti only supports Time Limits in the standard UniFi controller)
      • Data Volume (New! Added by Freenet Antennas)
      • Upload speed (New! Added by Freenet Antennas)
      • Download speed (New! Added by Freenet Antennas)

Portal (Easy Launch) page modified
to include the UniFi Controller

Much more information
added to Hotspot Vouchers
and appearance improved

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This Ubiquiti Universal Controller is ideal if you just want a UniFi (or UniFi+airVision) controller that is ready to run out of the box.

  • Motels: Use for Hotspot, and (optional) video surveillance.
  • Cafes/Restaurants: Use for Hotspot, and (optional) video surveillance.
  • Business offices: Use for managed WiFi, and (optional) video surveillance.

 More ... 

Upcoming Products

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


airFiber-5  5 GHz model

Ubiquiti has announced, but is not yet shipping a 5 GHz version of the popular airFiber product.


Operating in the 5GHz band, airFiber 5 builds on the innovations in airFiber 24 to enable speeds up to 1Gbps and introduces new eXtended Range Technology (xRT) to provide 100+Km maximum range.

At this stage, we have no information as to when the product will start shipping. Price will be cheaper than the airFiber-24, but will operate in a more congested spectrum space. If you need a high speed link now, we recommend the airFiber-24.

More ...



This is the same as the recently introduced airGateway, but with the addition of an external 5 dBi antenna for extra range.

This exciting little device is a POE-powered mini-AP. While intended to be clipped onto a Ubiquiti POE power supply to add AP functionality inside a customer's house/office, it actually have a number of other applications.

The "LR" model includes a clip-in wall mount.

AirGateway usage
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AirGateway-LR Mount
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The 8-port version of the popular EdgeRouter-Lite-3 is a very powerful rack-mount model, with support for SFP (Fiber connectivity)

Performance (Layer-3 base forwarding) 2,000,000 pps for 64-byte packets. Line rate (8 Gbps) for 512-byte packets and higher
CPU Dual-core MIPS64 processor with hardware acceleration for packet processing and encryption/decryption
Ethernet 6 RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet ports, plus 2 x combo Gigabit/SFP ports. (SFP ports allow connectivity to fiber interfaces)
Console 1 RJ-45 serial console port. (Suitable cable. Not included)

More ...


1U Universal Rack System - POE

The Universal 1U Rack System-POE will hold any two Ubiquiti Tough Switches (5 or 8 port), or the Ubiquiti EdgeMAX Lite, or EdgeMAX POE router in a convenient 19" 1U Rack system.

Holds any of the following combinations:

  • EdgeMAX Lite-3 Router and Tough Switch-5-POE
  • EdgeMAX Lite-3 Router and Tough Switch-8-PRO
  • EdgeMAX POE-5 Router and Tough Switch-5-POE
  • EdgeMAX POE-5 Router and Tough Switch-8-PRO
  • Tough Switch-5-POE and Tough Switch-8-PRO
  • Tough Switch-8-PRO and Tough Switch-8-PRO

Features hold points for the power bricks for the Tough Switch 5-POE and EdgeMAX routers and power cord tie down slots for the Tough Switch Pro.


New Products - Now in Stock



UniFi-AC  Range

These products are now in stock. They support the new AC WiFi standard that has radio speeds of up to 1300 Mbps.

Both these devices have:

  • both 2.4 and 5 GHz radios built-in. (Think of it as one piece of hardware, 2 APs),
  • Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports.
  • 48 V POE

More ...



The UniFi-Outdoor+ is an evolution of the UniFi-Outdoor (which we still stock). The main improvements over the UniFi-Outdoor are:

  • Improved RF Selectivity . Better rejection of unwanted signals on nearby channels.
  • 48V POE


The UAP-Outdoor+ includes two external antennas and a secondary Ethernet port for bridging. It supports 802.11n MIMO, with speeds of up to 300 Mbps and a range of up to 183 m.

Technical Description

  • UniFi AP Outdoor+ unit capable of 300Mbps speeds and links up to 183m.
  • 48V POE
  • Sleek wall-moutable and pole-mountable design (all accessories included)
  • Included Power over Ethernet capability for single cable wiring (supplies both power and data)
  • UniFi Controller software included (no special hardware controller required)
  • Highly intuitive setup and configuration with many powerful features (no special training required)
  • Scalable to 100’s of devices while maintaining a single unified management system
  • Multi-lane RF Technology included. This innovative technology isolates signals on the operating channel and removes adjacent channel interference. Wireless capacity and throughput are increased in high-density areas, and multiple APs can operate in close proximity. Multi Lane RF is ideal for providing reliable WiFi in high traffic environments such as public spaces, convention centers, campuses and event venues. More on Multi-Lane ...

More ...



This exciting little device is a POE-powered mini-AP. While intended to be clipped onto a Ubiquiti POE power supply to add AP functionality inside a customer's house/office, it actually have a number of other applications.

And it is VERY cheap; less than $32 incl GST.

It can be used as either

  • an AP (Laptops connect to it)
  • a STATION (it connects to an AP). e.g.
    • add to an airVision camera to give it WiFi connectivity.
    • add to a PC that has no WiFi built-in to connect to an AP

AirGateway usage
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This a small, quiet, DC powered Linux computer with a built-in 500GB disk and the Ubiquiti airVision controller pre-installed.

It makes installing and configuring one or more airVision cameras a breeze.

As it is basically a generic Debian-7 Linux PC, there are actually a number of uses for this device, including:

  • File server (NAS), eg SAMBA
  • UniFi Controller (See above)
  • many others


The EdgeRouter is now available in a 5-port version with Power Over Ethernet (POE).

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 5 RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet ports

More ...



Ubiquiti has added a new ToughConnector to the range. It has a flying lead with a grounding lug on it. We do not know of a spec sheet yet. All we have is the picture.

In stock now.


Replacement GPS Antenna

This antenna is a spare part for the GPS enabled Rocket radios.

  • RocketM5-GPS
  • RocketM5-Ti

Ubiquiti Training - airMAX and UniFi

We now have both airMAX (airOS), and UniFi training courses available. The courses are each 2-days, and are booked separately. But in most cases, we will schedule them back-to-back so students can attend both in a 4-day stretch.

Upcoming scheduled courses:






Perth 2014 Feb 3-4Book now  
2014 Apr 28-29 2014 Apr 30/May 01
Melbourne 2014 Mar 4-5  2014 Mar 6-7
Adelaide 2014 Mar 11-12  
Brisbane 2014 Apr 1-2 2014 Apr 3-4
Custom Your office  Your Office

 See the Full Calendar.


EdgeRouter-Lite3 Recovery Kit


If you need to reload firmware into your EdgeMax Router-Lite: See this link.

BlueIris with Ubiquiti airVision Cameras


If you would like to use Ubiquiti airVision cameras with an alternative to the free airVision Controller from Ubiquiti, the good news is that there are commercial alternatives such as BlueIris.

One customer reports that BlueIris works perfectly with the Ubiquiti cameras, and has many extra features.

   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.


Del Rio Wireless Network

UniFi Outdoor at a caravan park

Click on the image to see a Youtube video


Solving an AirFiber-24 Interference Issue

Tom had an interesting interference problem with his airFiber-24 installation.

Click on the image for more info and the solution.

55.6 km link with Ubiquiti Gear - WA Freenet
Mitch from the WA Freenet reports that they have established a very impressive 55.6 km link, over water. The link is from Rottnest Island to TIC Hill (See map).
Details are:
Rottnest End
  • airGridM5 (Most likely 27 dBi model, but Mitch did not say)
  • EIRP: 36 dBm/4W
  • RX signal: -71 dBm
  • Noise floor: -91 dBm
  • Connect speeds: Not reported
TIC Hill End


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 V4.0.3  
Ubiquiti "M" V5.5.6
RouterStation(Pro) OpenWRT Backfire 10.03 Supports MIMO (SR71-12/15 radio cards)
UniFi Controller V2.4.6  
airVision V2.1.3 Check the forum for latest
airCam V1.2.0 Check the forum for latest


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