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August 2012 Newsletter
News from Freenet Antennas

Thoughts of a CEO

How to bootstrap a Billion-Dollar company



Ever wanted to know how to create a billion dollar tech company? And do it in a few short years?

Read Robert Pera's blog to see how the CEO of Ubiquiti did it.

(Hint: Start at the end of the last page)

 Rob Clark 

New Products in Stock

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Titanium Sector Antennas

They have adjustable beamwidths (60, 90, 120 degrees), enhanced RF isolation, and better protection for the pigtails.

Datasheet: Download

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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

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ToughCable-Pro (Replaces TC-L1)
ToughCable-Carrier (Replaces TC-L2)

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

  • UV protection
  • Packaging


  • TC-Pro = $221.51 (incl. GST)
  • TC-Carrier = $294.00 (incl. GST)
Availability: We have 400 rolls in stock 4-July

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Upcoming Products

The products below have been announced. 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

approx 170%
more than
a RocketM

Sept 2012 
Waiting on C-Tick testing
BulletM-Ti approx 50%
more than
a BulletM
17 Aug2012


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TOUGHSwitch - POE Switches

Ubiquiti has announced their range of POE switches.

Ports POE

Est Price
(incl GST)
Est Availability
5 24 $140 Sept-2102
8 24 and 48 $280 Oct-2012
TOUGHSwitch-Carrier 16 24 and 48 $630 Nov-2012

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AirFiber - 1400 Mbps Full-Duplex PtP Link

The interest in this 24 GHz product has been huge. People are placing pre-orders now.

We have a lot on order, and have been told they will make it into our next container (Sept arrival).

What we do know from Ubiquiti is:

  • They are only shipping so far to USA cusomers. They want to make sure the product performs well and there are no 'gotchas'.
  • Assuming all goes well (and it is so far, based on initial reports), then Ubiquiti will start international shipments.
  • The price in Australia will be around $4500/link. (This price is only an estimate).
  • Customer testing in USA is seeing Full-duplex speeds of over 700 Mbps in each direction simultaneoulsy.


  • The ACMA does not allow us to operate in 24 GHz with the same EIRP (transmitter power) in Australia as in USA. So while we are allowed to use these, we will NOT get the 13 km range advertised in USA. We estimate a 3km (max.) range with no rain.
  • Rain fade is an issue at this frequency, but there are plenty of sub-1km range links where this product should perform well in Australia

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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.

Information supplied by Zenien in WA.

  When a transport company approached us with issues using their handheld wireless barcode scanners due to an antiquated and poorly implemented wireless system, Ascend Business Technology installed a Ubiquiti solution. Consisting of:
  • A Rocket M2 with omni-directional wireless N antenna
  • A wireless point to point bridge using Nanostations to connect to a distant warehouse building, and
  • a Bullet M2 for re-distributing the network at the remote warehouse to the scanners.

The solution is working extremely well.The main AP has exceeded expectations and is allowing scanners to work anywhere in the main freight terminal. The Bridge and the Bullet are also performing brilliantly. Speed is excellent, range is brilliant and our client is very happy with the result.



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 V5.5.1 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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