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by CaptainRisky
Mon Apr 22, 2024 1:09 am
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: Powering AX routers
Replies: 12
Views: 1436

Re: Powering AX routers

by CaptainRisky
Mon Apr 22, 2024 12:48 am
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: Powering AX routers
Replies: 12
Views: 1436

Re: Powering AX routers

Drifting off topic slightly, but I keep coming back to this option for my application: https://mikrotik.com/product/wap_ac#fndtn-specifications Straight up PoE connection, but it's Wifi 4/5. I only need the single WAN and LAN ports, so that's good. It's also pretty large and I need to mount it flat ...
by CaptainRisky
Sun Apr 21, 2024 11:02 pm
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: Powering AX routers
Replies: 12
Views: 1436

Re: Powering AX routers

I wouldn't power routers with low voltage such as 12V. I would always choose higher voltage, 24V for eg. in this case. Look for an isolated converter if possible. I was hoping to use one of these: https://www.tinytronics.nl/en/power/voltage-converters/boost-(step-up)-converters/dc-dc-adjustable-ste...
by CaptainRisky
Sun Apr 21, 2024 9:23 am
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: Powering AX routers
Replies: 12
Views: 1436

Re: Powering AX routers

My recommendation is to look at meanwell power supplies. I use them a lot in my line of work and they are great. Thank you. Yes they are very good power supplies, and I have a 12-48v here. But I'm only looking to power a routerboard for a 12v Starlink conversion and it needs to be compact. I've ord...
by CaptainRisky
Sun Apr 21, 2024 12:23 am
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: Powering AX routers
Replies: 12
Views: 1436

Re: Powering AX routers

You may or may not experience instability in operation. Just to be sure I would use DC-DC step up converter from 12 to 24V that can work in input voltage range that you expect. Thank you. That's exactly what I was thinking too. I just hoped not to have the extra component there. Any suggestions on ...
by CaptainRisky
Sat Apr 20, 2024 1:04 am
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: Powering AX routers
Replies: 12
Views: 1436

Powering AX routers

I see a few of the AX routers run 12-28v DC jack or PoE. It's a little bit difficult to cater for in my application. Pity the PoE wasn't AF/AT... In real world situation, how low can the DC power go before shut down? Is 12v a hard minimum, or will it work down lower than that? Reason I ask is when u...
by CaptainRisky
Wed Apr 17, 2024 8:26 am
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: Outdoor Starlink
Replies: 13
Views: 1920

Re: Outdoor Starlink

I know it's a Mikrotik forum, but I'll justify this by asking what the advantage of the Wap AC is. https://www.amazon.com.au/Wireless-802-11ax-Standalone-Separate-Networks/dp/B09925PHCZ/ref=sr_1_2?dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.zMFtc24HdgInwjdrR4sAVTv_mr4k4do9Q6quf-mNG5Y_Ej9YtKy9nVf2oW3TOThxSqHMfi2xnAUK-cFWtL-ffX...
by CaptainRisky
Sun Apr 14, 2024 5:17 am
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: Outdoor Starlink
Replies: 13
Views: 1920

Re: Outdoor Starlink

Are we talking about this one: https://mikrotik.com/product/wap_ac Yes. I mainly use the https://mikrotik.com/product/wap_r_ac which has miniPCIe slot, so I habitually add the "R". But the wAPac is identical, except no LTE modem. It's the plain "wAP R" you wouldn't want as that'...
by CaptainRisky
Sun Apr 14, 2024 2:18 am
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: Outdoor Starlink
Replies: 13
Views: 1920

Re: Outdoor Starlink

There is also the new L11ug board, https://mikrotik.com/product/l11ug_5haxd - although the power 12-28V is more limited & only 5Ghz but AX. The wAPacR internal antennas are connected with 2 x U.FL (not MMCX) so you use come pigtails to something else. The 2.4Ghz & 5Ghz are combined. It's a ...
by CaptainRisky
Sun Apr 14, 2024 2:06 am
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: Outdoor Starlink
Replies: 13
Views: 1920

Re: Outdoor Starlink

Have you considered a Mikrotik GrooveA 52 with high gain 2.4GHz external aerial? Paired with a RFI CD2409 aerial it will give you good range outside the vehicle. https://www.telcoantennas.com.au/rfi-85dbi-24ghz-omnidirectional-wifi-antenna . Thanks very much for the suggestion. The external antenna...
by CaptainRisky
Thu Mar 28, 2024 11:14 am
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: Outdoor Starlink
Replies: 13
Views: 1920

Re: Outdoor Starlink

As much range as possible would be good, as sometimes you have to wander a good distance from the vehicle to keep the drone in view. It doesn't affect the control of the drone, that's not over wifi of course, but the onscreen map starts to glitch if the connection's bad. The main reason not to use t...
by CaptainRisky
Thu Mar 28, 2024 10:35 am
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: Outdoor Starlink
Replies: 13
Views: 1920

Re: Outdoor Starlink

Thank you very much for your reply. The approach we are taking is as follows: 1. The vehicles are 12v. The new V3 dish is 56v. This supply can be wound up to 57v (confirmed by manufacturer) and is known to work well. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BZKYMX6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=...
by CaptainRisky
Thu Mar 28, 2024 7:39 am
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: Outdoor Starlink
Replies: 13
Views: 1920

Outdoor Starlink

Hello all, and thank you for having me in the group. I am not very strong at all in all things Wifi, but am reasonably strong at custom fabrication. At least I like to think so. I am designing a sealed and weatherproof enclosure with 12v DC conversion for the new Starlink V3 dish, for use in my busi...