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April 2012 Newsletter
News from Freenet Antennas


  The Secret is Out

1.4 GHz PtP Link

Ubiquiti has announced what they meant by their Revolutionary New Radio Platform.

  • 1400 Mbps TCP/IP data (700 Mbps each way)
  • Point to Point link
  • Proprietary technology. Developed by a team of engineers that previously worked for Motorola.
  • 24 GHz. No special license required in Australia.
  • Called AirFiber

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  • Price: Around $5000/link.
  • Availability: October-2012. Depends on C-Tick testing and factory availability.

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Rob Clark

In Stock Now

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The interest in these products has been high. We have had a number of units under test for a number of months and we are pleased to say the software is now very stable on Ubuntu.

The AirCam-Dome includes:

  • Built-in Microphone
  • 30 FPS
  • 1MP/HDTV 720p
  • 1.96mm / F2.0 lens
  • Power over Ethernet
  • Slot  for an on-board microSD card

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Dual-Pol (MIMO) 900 MHz Yagi (Ubiquiti)

This dual-pol Yagi is great for non Line of Sight (nLOS) applications where there are obstructions such as trees that block a 2.4 or 5 GHz signal.

It is intended to be ued with the Ubiquiti 900 MHz RocketM.

We tested these and they performed excellently through a row of trees where 2.4 and 5 GHz completely failed.

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RocketDish - 2.4 GHz, 24 dBi

RocketDish - 3 GHz, 26 dBi

These 2 new products are both 60cm dishes, with feed horns for 2.4 or 3 GHz. Both in stock.


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This simple mount is ideal for NanoStation and Loco mounting on a pole where elevation (up/down) adjustment is needed.


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New Product Announcements by Ubiquiti

Ubiquiti has announced more than just the AirFiber. The products below have been announced but are not yet shipping. We will keep you updated via this newsletter as we learn more.

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Titanium Radios

These are enhanced versions of existing products. They have

  • Aluminium housings, giving improved shielding which can be a benefit when multiple radios are on one tower.
  • Faster CPUs giving about a 10% speed boost
  • Gigabit ethernet ports
  • Built-in GPS sync (RocketM5 only)
  • 48V POE (compatible with standard POE switches)

Announced products are

  • RocketM2/M5 Titanium
  • BulletM2/M5 Titanium

Price: Unknown
: Sept 2012 (est). Waiting on C-Tick testing

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Titanium Sector Antennas

Not much is known yet. They have adjustable beamwidths, and enhanced protection for the pigtails

Price: Unknown
Availability: Sept-2012 (est.)

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This UniFi unit has the following enhancements over the standard UniFi:

  • Gigabit ethernet ports (2)
  • Dual 2.4 and 5 GHz radios (simultaneous)
  • 48 V POE (compatible with switches)
  • Security Lock

Price: $335 ea (est. incl GST)
Availability: Waiting on C-Tick testing. On shelves July-2012 (est)

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These cables are enhancements to the ToughCable-Level-1/Level-2 products. They have enhanced:

  • UV protection
  • Packaging

Price: Unknown but will be similar to TC-L1/L2
Availability: Unknown (we have 400 rolls on backorder)

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3 GHz

At Freenet Atennnas, we import the 3GHz Rocket Dishes. We do not import any 3 GHz radios (eg RocketM3) due to the expense/risk of having them C-Ticked to ACMA standards.

Do you have a need for 3 GHz systems? If so - please email with a phone number. I would like to call you and discuss your needs and if we can help.

Here is what we know (please contact me if there is a mistake in what is said below).

Ubiquiti make 2 different 3 GHz product ranges

  • M3 product range
    • 3400 - 3700 MHz
    • Not licensed for use in USA
    • Licensed for use in the EU, but the ACMA does not recognise EU radio certification.
    • Difficult/expensive to license (C-Tick) in Australia
  • M365 product range
    • 3650 MHz only (with a 25 MHz channel-width)
    • Licensed in USA
    • Can be C-Ticked readily in Australia

The ACMA permits licensed usage in rural areas in this band as follows:

  • 3575 to 3700 MHz for Point-to-MultiPoint (PtMP). (ref: FX 19)
  • 3590 to 4190 MHz for PtP BUT 3575 to 3710 is currently embargoed for new PtP links to allow space for the PtMP networks. So effectively, new PtP links can only be in 3710 to 4190 MHz. (ref: FX 3 and Embargo 42)

Putting all this together, it reduces to:

  • We could sell the M365 product range, but
  • Only for PtMP systems - and only on one channel
  • Doubt there is a market for such a niche. (???)

While I would like to stock the M3 or M365 product range, it this stage it would seem to be a loss-making proposition.

Any comments welcome.

Rob Clark

Training Videos


Did you know that Ubiquiti has a series of free Training Videos? I certainly didn't until this month.

Here are some of the titles so far.

  • Setting up a Simple Point to Point link
  • Setting up a Simple Bridged AP
  • Getting Started with the UniFi Controller
  • (9 more)


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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.

Incredible WiFi coverage from our 13 dBi OMNI MIMO antenna.

One of our Eastern States clients recently deployed an AMO-2G13 antennas with a UniFI Outdoor AP.

Once installed on the steel roof at the corner of a 800m x 800m industrial property, his site survey found high signal on his iPad anywhere on the property, including inside the building the antenna was mounted on.

We had designed his network to have two indoor Unifi's (one for each building) as we have never seen adequate signal coverage inside a building with the main AP mounted on top of the steel roof before. Our client tells us that in his opinion, the one AMO-2G13 and UniFI Outdoor AP would have been adequate for the whole property based on his survey results.

Terry Porter

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" V5.3.5 V5.5 released, but not recommended yet
RouterStation(Pro) OpenWRT Backfire 10.03 Supports MIMO (SR71-12/15 radio cards)
UniFi Controller V2.2.5  
AirVision Lastest Beta Check the forum for latest
AirCam V1.1.3 Check the forum for latest


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