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Baltic Networks Pre-Configuration Process

By October 26, 2015 No Comments

Baltic Networks can pre-configure your links with your SSID, password, updated firmware and more, so you don’t have to. Unbox, power, align and you’re online!

airFiber pre-configuration Ever wonder what we do when you order calls for a pre-configured Ubiquiti airFiber link? First, we unbox the radios and set them up by configuring their SSID, security key, and updating the firmware. Then, we make sure to take the time to thoroughly test the link. That’s easier said than done, as you can’t exactly just set these units up next to each other. Each model has a minimum distance that you can safely set them up from. The Ubiquiti AF24HD has a minimum of 100M, the Ubiquiti AF24 a minimum of 25M, and the Ubiquiti AF5 has a minimum of only 10M.

NOTE: It is important to abide by these minimums! Any closer and you risk burning up the receivers in each unit.  You will need to turn down their output power once they are turned on.

Once we unbox the units, we set them up on temporary stands in our warehouse and power them up. The first thing we do is update the firmware on both radios. Once this is complete, we can start to program them.

We’ll need to generate a passkey to be used for the link. This key isn’t one that needs to be easily remembered, only documented for use later if a unit needs to be replaced. I use Steve Gibson’s Perfect Password generator. It’ll generate random strings of text that will never be generated again. Steve explains how this is done on the page for those who like to know the technical bits.

After a key has been selected, we also pick an SSID for the link. Once this information is documented, we then set one device as Master and the other as Slave. Then we select the frequency the device will be transmitting on, change the IP address of the Slave, and set a new login password.

NOTE: The Slave device will only start transmitting once it receives signal from the Master so it is essential that you align these devices correctly during initial setup.

Finally, once we have the link setup and running, we run a throughput test on the link for several hours ensuring the devices are good to go. Then we label them as Master or Slave, box them back up, and ship them out to the customer. Once the customer receives the units, all they need to do is set the power appropriately for the link and align the devices on either end. Traditionally speaking, I like to keep the Master unit closest to where the connection to the internet is.

In a future blog post, we will talk about routing and aligning an AF24 unit in the field.

To get started with our pre-configuration services, call 630-929-3610 ext.34

Joshua Gray

About Joshua Gray

Joshua’s experience includes 8 years of networks engineering in enterprise environments and 8 years in LAN/WLAN design, configuration, implementation and monitoring. Joshua’s specialties include Routing Protocols, IPV6, and Wireless. He is also currently completing his Masters in Network Engineering, Security and Management at DePaul University. Joshua’s teaching experience comes from an academic background where he taught networking technologies as a lab assistant.

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