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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 10:24 pm    Post subject: news Reply with quote

antonio,

please can you inform us what is happening around this harware? You did write that ubiquiti will suprise us.
please can you write any news here.

I did read threads in this section, looks that ubiquiti harware has 4MB of flash and some more of RAM memory. Is it going to be more for flash in near future? or is it enough?

I am interesting because it is easy to buy this hardware here. to buy from open-mesh.com will take longer and cost almost same.

thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any news or update... Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are experiencing some (very stupid) problems in partitioning flash RAM of the new ubnt pico-station but today afternoon (23 june - my time zone) I'll have a new contact with ubnt engineers and I'm pretty sure that they have yet the right solution to this stop.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Antonio, you know I am waiting patiently for this, I do hope you are successful. I have several proposals under consideration based on the Pico unit. Please keep us informed.

Best of luck

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

still no news? Sad
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got some progress here.

I've compiled robin from SVN and build squashfs instead of jffs2.
Create image using mkfwimage from ubnt.com.
This image fits in nanostation2!

It is running now, but I have problems with dashboard. It doesn't show the node connected and nanostation is running with default settings ...

I can use open-mesh wifi network though ...
Also one more fon router connects to nanostation, but fail to login to dashboard ...

Going to check it tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

latest kamikaze trunk builds image for ubnt2 and ubnt5.

This image compiled with latest robin is working on NS2. NS2 connected to dashboard and works as a gateway for other fon router ...

At the moment it doesn't update its setting from dashboard for some reason ...

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dimach wrote:
latest kamikaze trunk builds image for ubnt2 and ubnt5.

This image compiled with latest robin is working on NS2. NS2 connected to dashboard and works as a gateway for other fon router ...

At the moment it doesn't update its setting from dashboard for some reason ...

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check etcho MAC an wifi0 MAC address maybe it's different!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found the problem. Some files in /etc/init.d/*, /sbin/* and /usr/sbin/* from robin trunk need to have executable flag set.

After chmod +x /etc/init.d/* /sbin/* /usr/sbin/* it works fine!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dimach, this is quite interesting. can you please do your best to write what you feel is the value of using the Nanostation hardware vs. currently available hardware (Accton or Fon).

Specifically:

-antenna - the Nanostation has an integrated 10dB directional antenna, plus an RP-SMA port for optional external antenna. If an omni antenna is connected to this port, do both the internal directional antenna and external omni antenna both work at the same time? If so, this could be quite useful for back-haul usage

-hardware watchdog - does the Nanostation suffer from the problem of locking up/crashing if it looses power for a short period of time? the current Accton and Fon's do.

-can you please explain (in layman's terms!) how the firmware is loaded onto the Nanostation - will you post the finished, compiled build? Can it be flashed using the steps described on
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here (but by substituting your build of the firmware vs. the current one from Antonio)...

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-does your build of firmware use the newer HAL/Madwifi driver that *may* improve stability and range, but is not yet incorporated into the test or beta builds of ROBIN that is automatically installed onto Acctons or Fons?

-cost - it's about double the cost of an Accton or Fon at $80 USD - based on your answers above, i'm sure everyone here will draw their own conclusion, but in your opinion, is it worth double the price of other hardware?

Thanks Dimach.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nanostation needs more testing...

internal antenna has dynamic polarization feature. This isn't supported with standard madwifi. See
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Using internal and external antennas at the same time isn't a good idea... But even with highly directional antenna you should have some small omni directional coverage ...

power lock up doesn't seem to be a problem.

The firmware can be flashed using ubiquti web interface or using this procedure

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not sure about latest HAL/Madwifi, probably it is latest. I took latest kamikaze trunk.

for the higher cost you are getting outdoor unit, stable POE, 400mW radio.

This is theory. I hope it is all that good as it sounds.

There is also PS2 which is more expensive, but has 17dbi integrated antenna. I also have PS2 and hope to be able to create a long link with PS2 and NS2 with directional antenna.

I think Antonio should build and post the firmware him self. I didn't do anything except switching squashfs in kamikaze make menuconfig. All kudos should go to him for his good work.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The thread on the ubnt forum regarding internal vs. external antenna seems to clearly explain that the internal antenna array does not work - only the external antenna port is active when using current 3rd party firmware.

Is this what you are seeing with the nodes you have reflashed?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It isn't so clear to me. UBNT guys say it may be possible to use it with vertical polarity.

It works at the moment with internal antenna. I can't tell how well it works though.

I'll try to compare it with my other wifi card ...

I plan to use it with external 19dbi antenna though.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did some testing today.

compared
NS2 with AirOS3.1
NS2 with Kamikaze(robin)
fon with kamikaze(robin)


For AirOS and kamikaze I didn't notice difference in signal. AirOS was using vertical polarization and I was using second antenna in kamikaze.
Somewhat better signal compared to fon. Not a dramatic difference tough.

Managed to get good link between the routers and my notebook on clear line of sight of approx 650 meters...
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dimach wrote:
AirOS was using vertical polarization and I was using second antenna in kamikaze.


thanks. two questions:

-Do you mean you were using the internal 10dB antenna, vertical polarization, when you tried it running AirOS between your laptop and the NS, but when you tried it while running kamikaze, you used a different antenna?

-i guess you only have one NS. i suspect that you would only see a real benefit from using a NS over a FON if you had two or more of them, and could test at greater distances (several km's).
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was internal antenna for AirOS and Kamikaze. I didn't try external antenna yet.

I assume Kamikaze was using the internal antenna with vertical pol.
AirOS should be able to switch between vertical and horizontal if needed ...
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

by second antenna I meant wifi0.txantenna=2 and wifi0.rxantenna=2
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