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August 2011 Newsletter
News from Freenet Antennas


Our Biggest Ever Ubiquiti Shipment ... arrives this month.

Did you know that we have to order our Ubiquiti stock over 3 months in advance? There is a lead time of 7 or more weeks on most items from the factory, plus there is the added delay of sea-freight and container delays at our end. We hate running out of stock - and came very close this month on two popular items.

We are doing our best to forecast demand in advance - but it is hard when sometimes the factory fails to meet the timeframe they promised, and suddenly everyone wakes up and realises how good a product (such as the UniFi) is - and we get a ton of orders.

Rob Clark

AMO Antennas
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New Products - Arriving Soon

Dual Polarity (MIMO) Omni Antennas

Expected in-stock date: 20-Aug.

These are Ubiquiti 360 degree, Dual-Polarity, Omni amtennas.

These antennas come in 2.4 and 5 GHz models, and are designed to mate with RocketM radios.

Now you can have 360 degree coverage at 300 Mbps Wireless-N speeds - with one RocketM radio.

More ...


New Product - Arriving Soon

TOUGHCable - Level 2

Expected in-stock date: 22-Aug.

This cable is similar to the TOUGHCable-Level 1 that we already stock.

Level 1 is a Category 5e Outdoor Carrier Class Shielded Cable.

Level 2 adds these extra features:

  • an Anti-Crosstalk Divider,
  • additional shielding, and
  • is rated to provide optimal performance on Gigabit Ethernet networks.

More ...


New Product - Arriving Soon


Expected in-stock date: 22-Aug.

This UniFi device is the 'Long-Range' version of the popular UniFi.

The models compare as follows (only differences shown):

Feature  UniFi  UniFi-LR
Power consumption (W) 4 6
Max TX Power (mW) 100 500
Max TX Power (dBm) 20 27
Range (%) 100 150


More ...


      UniFi Controller V2.0.0 Beta Released

incl. Hotspot with PayPal Billing,
Remote Management,
and ...

Ubiquiti has released the next version of the free UniFi Controller software for testing. There are a number of very exciting new features including:

Wireless Uplink

  • No longer need to wire all UniFi APs back to a LAN switch. This greatly simplifies large deployments.
  • Supports wireless uplink; each wired AP can have up to 4 downlinks
  • Allows runtime change of network topology
  • Allows wireless adoption of APs in default state

Remote Manageability (i.e. across routers and firewalls)

  • Allows the controller to run in a different network that the UniFi APs. The controller can even be in a different country if needed. It can certainly be outside the local firewall.
  • Allows no-touch AP provisioning by using DHCP Option 43 or DNS
  • Provides UniFi Discovery utility to make local AP to inform back to the controller in NOC or Cloud

Hotspot with Billing and Customization

  • Built-in support for billing integration accepting major Credit Cards and PayPal
  • Built-in support for voucher-base authentication
  • Built-in hotspot manager for voucher creation, guest management, payment refund
  • Allows full customization of portal pages

Rate Limiting

  • You can limit the upload / download speed per WLAN. You can even override it per user.
  • Allow different rate-limiting for different hotspot packages (in official release)

Other Enhancements/Bug fixes

  • TX Power control allowing customized TX-power setting. We'll always show EIRP (mouseover to see how it's calculated if external antenna is used)
  • Allow setting of WPA1-Only / WPA2-Only, TKIP / CCMP(AES)
  • Google Map integration (you can use Google Map in the Map view)
  • Email notification for alerts
  • Bonjour support: in additional to UPnP, UniFi controller will announce its presence (so you don't have to remember the IP of the controller)
  • Shows "Managed by Other" for APs that were managed by old controller. An "advanced adoption" option is added to allow take-over.
  • Controller will check for port availability and display error messages during start up
  • WPA passphrase now accepting all printable characters (including space at begin / end)

More ...


      Firefox 5 and AirOS

Bug Warning  

Don't use Firefox V5 (released in July 2011) with Ubiquiti  devices with FW version less than 5.3.3. You get stuck at the Login screen and can't go further.


  1. Use Firefox6-(Beta)
  2. Use another browser such as Internet Explorer

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 V3.6.1  
Ubiquiti "M" V5.3.3


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


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