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Feb 2011 Newsletter
News from Freenet Antennas




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Mesh Networking

Because of customer demand, we have made available 5 GHz Mesh Nodes, based on the 802.11s mesh protocol and Ubiquiti BulletM5HP units.


You can easily deploy a mesh of any number of nodes. We ship everything preconfigured. The advantage of a mesh is that it is fault tolerant if there are redundant paths.

Meshing is not recommended for high bandwidth applications such as Video streaming, but can be ideal for other applications.

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Donga Kits

Maybe it is not surprising with the amount of mining activity in Australia that we often get asked how to get a better WiFi signal inside a mining camp Donga.

We have put together 3 kits that cover most needs. In a nutshell, we add a new antenna and WiFi 'client' to the donga, and then the laptop connects via USB or LAN cable.

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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.



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54 km Link @ 36 Mbps

The WA Freenet recently installed a 54 km link using Ubiquiti products. The connect speed was a very impressive 36 Mbps.

Details of the link are:

Rolystone End:
  - Rocket M5 
  - Frequency 5845Mhz
  - Ubiquiti AirMax 120 Degree 19dBi Sector
  - TX Power = 16dBm (EIRP = 35 dBm)
  - Channel Width = 20Mhz

Mandurah End:
  - Rocket M5
  - RocketDish 30dBi
  - TX Power = 6 dBm (4 mW !!)


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 V3.5.1 Lock ACK to 20% more than actual distance
Ubiquiti "M" V5.2.1

V5.3 not recommended.

RouterStation(Pro) OpenWRT Backfire 10.03 Supports MIMO (SR71-12/15 radio cards)

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