Published on October 30th, 2014 | by David Frith0
Ubiquiti airMAX – How to Configure a Long-range WiFi Client
Alex Miller says:
Achieving Wireless Connectivity in locations such as Campsites and Yacht Marinas has become a necessity and we are excited by Ubiquiti’s ability to fulfill this need.
Scenario – Boat Connectivity
Front of the Boat Deck
Hull of the Boat
To complete the installation a Cat5 (Toughcable Carrier) runs to a standard UAP-PRO inside the hull (Via either the injector or a TOUGHSwitch 8-port)
These instructions assume that your radio is set to FACTORY DEFAULT values. Please restore to factory defaults before proceeding. This is critical, especially if you are troubleshooting a problem. With your Windows 7 PC or Mac computer configured to the 192.168.1.x subnet, connect it to the radio using an Ethernet cable. The Ethernet port is auto-sensing. You are not required to use a cross-over cable.
- Using a web browser, enter 192.168.1.20 as the “URL” to gain access to the radio’s management console.
- Enter “ubnt” as the administration account and “ubnt” as the password.
- Configuration Instructions (change ONLY the items shown, leaving others at default values)
A. Choose the |Network| tab
- Network Mode: Router
- WAN Network Settings > NAT: [X] Enable
- LAN Network Settings > DHCP Server> (*) Enabled
- Press [Change] button
- DONE with initial configuration
B. In order to use this radio as your new Wi-Fi adapter, you must:
- Disable your devices internal Wi-Fi radio
- Set your computer to “Obtain IP Address Automatically”
- Plug the Ubiquiti radio into your device’s Ethernet port
- Power-up your Ubiquiti radio, using Ubituiti ToughCable (shielded Ethernet cable) and the included Power over Ethernet (PoE) adapter. Note: Shielded Ethernet cable reduces the possibility of static electrical damage to the radio. It is particularly important when mounting in RV’s and boats.
C. Attach (as a client) to an Access Point
- Log in to the radio’s management console at 192.168.1.1
- Select the |Wireless| tab
- SSID: [Select…] and choose the AP that you wish to attach to
NOTE: Think of “Signal” as a temperature. The “more negative” the “colder” or “weaker” the signal. Choose the most appropriate AP, with the strongest signal level as shown in this column of the “Site Survey” widow. Additionally, a signal that is “warmer” than -45 is “too hot” and may cause poor performance.
- If it is protected with a Preshared Key, you will be prompted to enter it (and do so)
- Press [Change]
- Press [Apply]
Within approximately 10 seconds, you will have a connection to your selected Access Point
- Close your browser (it is probable that its IP address has changed and you can no longer “Logout”).
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