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November 2012 Newsletter
News from Freenet Antennas


    Now in Stock

Advanced shielding and mounting for Ubiquiti Products

RF Armor produces Carrier Class RF shielding products for the Ubiquiti MIMO gear product line.

RF Armor  products:

  • reduce the front to back noise ratio,
  • significantly reduce co-location interference, and
  • greatly reduce foreign/hostile/neighbour interference

This results in increased performance by:

  • providing a lower noise floor resulting in faster radio connect speeds with fewer errors, and
  • better channel planning

In addition, these products provide physical protection to the radio and jumper cables (pigtails).

Freenet Antennas will have stock of most RF Armor products in October - it  takes 4 weeks to get them here by sea from USA. The primary applications for the products in Australia include:

  • Reducing co-location interference. When more than one radio device is mounted on a tower, it is common to get a performance hit. When a radio transmits, it prevents the nearby radios from receiving. The RF Armor shield kits greatly help in these situations
  • Bird damage. We continue to hear of cases where birds take a liking to the various cables around radios. These shield kits stop the birds getting in to the Ubiquti RF pigtails.
  • Sector Antenna Mounts. It can be tricky mounting multiple sector antennas (120 degree and 90 degree) on a single pole. RF Armour has 3-gang and 4-gang Cluster Mounts to make mounting these antennas easy.
  • Additional environmental protection. These kits add an extra layer of protection from the sun and rain.

Below are just 2 examples of the sort of products available from RF Armor.

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Cluster Mounts

Designed exclusively for the Ubiquiti Rocket and MIMO sector antennas.

The  cluster mounts allow Ubiquiti sectors antennas to be placed on a single pole at the same horizontal elevation in a very tight cluster.

Note also in the picture: The sector antennas are mounted with RF Armor Sector Shield Kits - providing RF shielding between the Rocket radios, protection from bird attack, and improved antenna performance.


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Rocket Dish Kits

Designed exclusively for the Ubiquiti RocketDishes.

Benefits include:

  • Lower noise floor
  • Cleaner signal
  • Superior signal to noise ratio
  • Less wireless retries and errors
  • Higher sustainable air rates
  • Up to 50% increase in performance

See the full range of RF Armor products.

Rob Clark 

 Ubiquiti AirOS Course (UAC) - Melbourne


Based on demand, we have added 2 more UAC training courses for 2012.

Melbourne: 13/14-Nov = 2 seats left. Book now.

Perth: 5/6-Dec = Sold Out

2013 Schedule: 
Not finalised yet. Express your interest here.



New Products in Stock

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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 they will be into stock in late October.

What we know from Ubiquiti is:

  • Ubiquiti started international shipments in Sept-2012
  • 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.
  • The use these units in Australia is covered by the same 'Class Licence' that covers WiFi devices. That means you do not need a special license for each installation.
  • 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

Due in stock: 4th Week October. Pre-order now!

More ...

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Shield Kits and Cluster Mounts

RF Armor is a USA company producing Carrier Class RF shielding and antenna mounting products for the Ubiquiti MIMO gear product line.

We have a container load of RF Armor products arriving approx mid-October.

RF Armor  RF Shielding products:

  • reduce the front to back noise ratio,
  • significantly reduce co-location interference, and
  • greatly reduce foreign/hostile/neighbour interference

RF Armor  Mounting products:

  • simplify mounting of 90-degree and 120 sector antennas

More ...

Upcoming Products

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

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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 $139 In Stock
8 24 and 48 $280 Nov
TOUGHSwitch-Carrier 16 24 and 48 $630 Dec?

More ...

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This is the first product announced in the EdgeMAX Router series. We expect to have it in stock in December-2012

The world’s lowest price, one million packet-per-second router. Powered by the feature rich EdgeOS featuring a next-generation graphical user interface.

Outstanding Performance and Value

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See these reports:


Performance (Layer-3 base forwarding) 1,000,000 pps for 64-byte packets. Line rate (3 Gbps) across all three ports for 512-byte packets and higher
CPU Dual-core MIPS64 processor with hardware acceleration for packet processing and encryption/decryption
Ethernet 3 RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet ports
Memory 512 MB DDR2 RAM
Storage 2 GB
Console 1 RJ-45 serial console port

 More ...


3 GHz Range

Following successful C-Tick testing of the Ubiquiti 3 GHz radios, we have these products arriving this month.

NanoStationM3 3 GHz NanoStation 
RocketM3 3 GHz RocketM
AMO-3G12 3 GHz, 12 dBi MIMO omni antenna

3 GHz, 180 dBi 120 degree MIMO sector antenna

RD-3G26 3 GHz, 26 dBi MIMO RocketDish (Already in stock)

Which is better: Titanium or RF Armor Shields?

 Some people have asked which option is the better shielded solution:

  • Ubiquiti Titanium series products, or
  • Ubiquiti standard series products, with RF Armour shield products?

Working through an example will help answer that question. In the table below both solutions are almost identical.

Series Titanium Standard + RF Armor
Product $ Product $
Antenna AM-V5G-Ti $354 AM-5G19-120 $250
Radio RM5-Ti $348 RocketM5 $150
Shield Kit  n/a  $0 USK12025  $169
Total   $702  Total  $569
CPU 550 MHz 400 MHz
Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps 10/100 Mbps

Ubiquiti Tech Tips

UniFi Controller Version

It is strongly recommended you upgrade your UniFi controller if planning to add additional UniFi APs. Some newer UniFi APs are not compatible with the firmware that is included with the older Controller software.

When a UniFi controller 'adopts' a UniFi AP, it upgrades/downgrades the UniFi device firmware to be compatible with itself.

If you have an old controller and a new UniFi AP, the UniFi AP will be downgraded. In some cases, it will not work and becomes 'bricked'.

Upgrade your UniFi Controller. See this link.

More info ...

 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 V4.0.1  
Ubiquiti "M" V5.5.2 V5.5.2 released, and recommended
RouterStation(Pro) OpenWRT Backfire 10.03 Supports MIMO (SR71-12/15 radio cards)
UniFi Controller V2.3.8  
AirVision V1.1.3 Check the forum for latest
AirCam V1.1.5 Check the forum for latest



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