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July 2014 Newsletter
News from Freenet Antennas

New Product Announcements

Ubiquiti has announced a number of new products recently.

  • EdgeSwitch
  • airMAX-AC
  • UniFi-VoIP (coming soon)

EdgeSwitch Managed Switches

ES Range

  • Enterprise class
  • Layer 2 and Layer 3 features
  • Advanced VLAN Configuration
  • Auto-VoIP with Voice VLAN
  • Class-Based QoS with Shaping/RED
  • Static/DHCP IP for Interfaces/VLANs
  • Broadcast Storm Recovery
  • Port Channel LAG/LACP
  • DHCP Snooping
  • DoS Prevention
  • Port Mirroring
  • Static Routing
  • DHCP Server Port ACL
  • And much more..

Price/Availability: We have these on order, but Ubiquiti is not shipping these products yet - so we do not know the dates when they will become available, or their prices. If you would like to go into the queue so that we email you when we know more, please pre-order at the $0.00 price so we can get back to you when we know more.

 More ...

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Ubiquiti is starting to roll out Wireless-AC technology in the Broadband  ("CAT5 in the sky") product line.

The products anounced so far are:


  • Not shipping yet
  • Only for Point-to-Point in intial release. Up to 450Mbps TCP/IP traffic.
  • Plug compatible with any existing 5GHz Rocket Dish. (So - easy swap-out upgrade)
  • More ...


  • In stock
  • 5GHz, 31 dBi Rocket Dish
  • Radome cover included
  • More ...


  • Not shipping yet
  • Only for Point-to-Point in intial release. Up to 450Mbps TCP/IP traffic.
  • PowerBeam, 500mm dish product
  • More ...

Price/Availability: The RD-5G31-AC is in stock now. The other products are on order, but Ubiquiti is not shipping them yet - so we do not know the dates when they will become available, or their prices. If you would like to go into the queue so that we email you when we know more, please pre-order at the $0.00 price so we can get back to you when we know more.

More ...

And More ....

UniFi-VoIP ???

UniFi Topology

This is the roadmap released recently by Ubiquiti for the Enterprise product range. We can't help but noticing the VoIP icon. We honestly don't know any more than that.

The New UniFi Camera Range - Now in Stock


Ubiquiti has released a new Camera range.

The new cameras feature:

  • InfraRed (IR) Night vision
  • Higher resolution
  • Simple setup and management

Stock situation is:

  • UVC  = in stock
  • UVC-Dome = in stock
  • UVC-PRO = delayed by factory. We expect stock in September.
  • UniFi- Appliance. See the UCC-V3.


And More...

Ubiquiti Common Controller (UUC)

This is a standalone computer appliance, pre-loaded with both:

What we have done, is take the standard Ubiquiti airVision-NVR device and:

  • Upgraded the Video controller from V2 to V3, and
  • Installed UniFi controller V3.

More on the Ubiquiti Common Controller ...

NanoBeam / Power Beam - Name Change

Ubiquiti has renamed part of the NanoBeam range to PowerBeam. There are absolutely no hardware or specification changes - just the part number.

And they have announced the new PBE-5AC-500 with some pretty impressive specs:

  • Wireless-AC technology
  • Up to 450 Mbps real TCP/IP throughput
  • 500mm dish (27 dBi)
Specifications Old Part No
New  Part No
5 GHz, 16 dBi NBE-M5-16 No Change NanoBeam
5 GHz, 19 dBi NBE-M5-19 No Change NanoBeam
2.4 GHz, 400mm dish NBE-M2-400 PBE-M2-400 PowerBeam
5 GHz, 300mm dish NBE-M5-300 PBE-M5-300 PowerBeam
5 GHz, 400mm dish NBE-M5-400 PBE-M5-400 PowerBeam
5 GHz, AC, 500mm dish New PBE-5AC-500 PowerBeam




The new NanoBeam/Powerbeam 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?
NanoBridge units:  Now End-of-Life (EOL) and can no longer be ordered from the factory. But we still have stock.

NanoStation units: Short answer: We don't know. We have heard nothing from Ubiquiti on if/when the existing product line of NanoStation will be End-Of-Life (EOL).

New Product
Image Equivalent to ETA in Stock
NanoBeam-M5-16 NBE01 NanoStationM5 in stock
NanoBeam-M5-19 (new) In stock
NanoBeam-M5-19GBE (new) In stock
Limted edition
Gigabit compatible
PowerBeam-M5-300 NBE02 NB-5G22 (EOL) In stock
PowerBeam-M5-400 NB-5G25 (EOL) In stock
PowerBeam-M2-400 NB-2G18 (EOL) In stock
PowerBeam-5AC-500 PBE-5AC-500 (new) Sept ?
PowerBeam Radome RAD PBE-RAD-400 In stock

More on NanoBeam ...

More on PowerBeam ...

New Products - In Stock Now



Gigabit POE

As more and more Ubiquiti products are starting to add Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), we are adding to our POE product range to support GbE POE.

  1. We have these Passive POE injectors. In addition, they provide a ground path between the RJ45 shells.
    More ...
  2. 14-to-24V and 14-to-48V DC POE Converters. Great for solar/wind/UPS installations.


airFiber-5  5 GHz model


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.

More ...


Solar/Wind Battery Controller with POE

These very versatile units combine all the elements needed for solar/wind powered installations of Ubiquiti devices.

  • Solar/Wind charge controller. You provide the 12V battery
  • Regulated POE output. (24 or 48V options)
  • LAN input
  • and more ...


 Upcoming Products

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



Featuring proprietary airMAX® ac technology, the Rocket™5ac Lite is ideal for deployment in Point-to-Point (PtP) bridging applications requiring maximum performance. Supports up to 450+ Mbps real TCP/IP throughput.

Point-to-MultiPoint (PtMP) functionality will be added via a future firmware upgrade.

ETA: October ?




Using airMAX ac technology, the PBE-5AC-500 supports up to 450+ Mbps real TCP/IP throughput.

It launches with PtP functionality, and a client mode feature will be added with a future firmware upgrade.

The PBE-5AC-500 also includes a protective radome to shield the radio from the elements.

ETA: October ?

More ...


EdgeMax Switches - 24 and 48 port

Managed GigaBit 24 and 48 port switches.

ETA: September ?


UniFi V3 - Status Update

UniFi V3 has been released commercially. It adds a lot of new features

Note that at the moment the ZHO (Zero Hand Off) roaming feature is still considered in Beta Test in the latest V3.

New Features Introduced in V3

Multi-site management, read-only admin support

  • Instead of running multiple controllers, now you can use one controller to manage multiple sites.
  • Each site has its own configurations, maps, statistics, guest portals and is logically separated.
  • Moreover, you can delegate administrative rights (readonly/readwrite) to other people.

Seamless Roaming - Zero-Handoff

  • Running radios on the same channel with the same BSSID. No controller is required for its operation. (Still ine Beta Test)

WLAN Groups

  • Now you can create multiple WLAN groups and assign them to an AP's radio.

Other Features

  • Rogue AP detection
  • more descriptive email alerts
  • basic SNMP support
  • enhanced load balanding per radio
  • voucher customization
  • additional payment gateway support (Stripe, QuickPay, Authorized.Net, MerchantWarrior)
  • ability to reset current statistic
  • allow the config to stay during uninstall for Windows
  • controller performance enhancement
  • Insights tab: Past Wireless Connections, Past Guest Authorizations
  • standard-based roaming support (PMK-Caching, Inter-AP commmunication)
  • Access Points tab: Config view, Performance view (footnote 1)
  • enhanced wireless uplink
  • UAP-Pro wireless uplink support (UAP-Pro can use its 5G as uplink or take 8 wireless downlinks)

Known Limitations

  • UAP-AC - Rogue AP detection will only search for rogue AP on first power up. It will not continuously update rogue AP list during runtime.
  • Zero Handoff not supported on UAP-AC yet. Currently in development.
  • Wireless Uplink not supported on UAP-AC yet. Currently in development.

Download ...

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:







Routing &


2014 Jul-30-31

2014 Jul 28-29 Coming Soon
Perth 2014 Aug 18-19 2014 Aug 11-12


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Recommended Firmware

Each month we will update this table.


Recommended Firmware


Ubiquiti a/b/g



Ubiquiti "M"



OpenWRT Backfire 10.03

Supports MIMO (SR71-12/15 radio cards)

UniFi Controller





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