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January 2013 Newsletter
News from Freenet Antennas

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GPS Tracker

If you need to record vehicle location over time, have a look at the GPS Tracker.

This product is based on theUbiquiti RocketM5-GPS, which has:

  • GPS receiver
  • WiFi and LAN capability
  • Flexible DC power needs (12 to 24 V DC)
  • Linux operating system

We have added some extra software to a standard RocketM5-GPS, so that it can now record location data in GPX format. As GPX is a widely used format, there are many programs that can read and display GPX location data. The image below was created by this freeware from data recorded by a GPS Tracker.

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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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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 $278

In Stock
Sold Out

TOUGHSwitch-Carrier 16 24 and 48 $630 Feb?

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This is the first product announced in the EdgeMAX Router series. We expect to have it in stock in Q1/2013. Ubiquiti do not have a confirmed ship date.

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

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Mid-Gain 5GHz Titanium Sector Antenna

Ubiquiti has announced a smaller cousin to the variable-gain/variable-beam-width 5GHz Sector Antenna.



Beamwidth (Deg) Height (cm) Available Price
AM-V5G-Ti 19 to 21 60 to 120 721 Now $354
AM-M-V5G-Ti 15 to 17 60 to 120 385 March ???

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Ubiquiti Training - airMAX


Upcoming scheduled courses:

Brisbane 2013 Feb 12-13
Perth 2013 Apr 16-17
Sydney 2013 May 23-24
Melbourne 2013 Jun 25-26

CeBit - Sydney - 2013 May 28-20

CeBit CeBit

Come see the Ubiquiti stand at CeBit 2013.

For a Free Exhibition Ticket (valid for all 3 days), Register Now.

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Ubiquiti Tech Tips

EdgeMAX User Guide released

While the EdgeMAX Routers are not here yet, Ubquiti has released the User Guide document.

PDFEdgeRouter Lite User Guide


Ubiquiti has advised us as follows:

We found an issue in some airFiber PoE Adapters that could produce poor Ethernet performance or even cause permanent damage to the radio. Because of this we will send you new PoE Adapters with the issue fixed within next weeks. Please start collecting information about what customers bought airFiber24 from you, to be ready when the new PoE Adapters arrive.

For a proper airFiber installation, customers have to use high quality Shielded Ethernet cable and ground the unit using the ground bolt connected to a short (maximum 1 meter) 8AWG ground wire. Please recommend customers to read this guide:

Finally, in some cases new airFiber users don't have previous experience with 24GHz radios, and they don't know how important is aiming to achieve a reliable and high performance link. Please tell customers that they need two installers to install this product, one on each side and they must be intercommunicated. When the units are aligned and there's no obstruction or reflection, all signal strength bars should be balanced. In case they don't, wireless link could not work properly.

We have 100 of the AF-24 PoE adapters arriving mid. Jan-2013, and we are told they are the 'new' type. If you have purchased any AF-24 units from us, please contact us so we can ship you the replacements. 

Are Titanium Rockets Faster?

See below from the Ubiquiti forum.

Originally Posted by mkalyn View Post
thank you. will do. By the way, do you see an improvement in performance of Ti products compare to regular M ?

Yes, for PtP I see a lot more speed, because of the faster CPU and Gigabit ethernet ports I can get 140-170Mbps.

For PtMP, the higher CPU and more RAM "may" allow you to add more stations. If you have any loaded AP's with 70+, it may perform better. I changed one out on an AP that had 80 stations, and the CPU load dropped down to 50%, from about 70.

  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.

A customer sent us pictures of an installation at a mine site in Australia.

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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 V2.3.9 if you have UniFi-Pro
V2.2.5 otherwise
V2.3.8/V2.3.9 is showing instabilities.
V2.2.5 will not work with UniFi-PRO
AirVision V1.1.3 Check the forum for latest
AirCam V1.1.5 Check the forum for latest


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