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by steveloomis
Tue Dec 29, 2009 2:17 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Solving 20km wireless link issues
Replies: 147
Views: 102793

Re: Solving 20km wireless link issues

This has been a very long thread. Please update us with your new antennas. I am sitting on the edge of my chair waiting to see a resolution... In my experience, fixing a very difficult problem will teach you more than you ever expected to learn. That is the saving grace of these kinds of problems. E...
by steveloomis
Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:03 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Wifi cards keep blowing
Replies: 17
Views: 3461

Re: Wifi cards keep blowing

Thanks Normis, this is very helpful. It seems this topic keeps popping up. I will try and post pictures of my simple modified "T" connector to add a DC ground to any antenna.
by steveloomis
Thu Dec 17, 2009 4:59 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Wifi cards keep blowing
Replies: 17
Views: 3461

Re: Wifi cards keep blowing

Have you tried to check for continuity on the omni's from the center pin to the outer shell? I am willing to bet that your 12dB omni is an open instead of a DC grounded antenna. I see someone is requesting a picture. I will try and get one of the modified T connector to make this clearer. What is ha...
by steveloomis
Tue Dec 15, 2009 5:59 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Wifi cards keep blowing
Replies: 17
Views: 3461

Re: Wifi cards keep blowing

Yes, you are correct. If there is NO continuity then the antenna is NOT DC grounded.
by steveloomis
Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:35 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Wifi cards keep blowing
Replies: 17
Views: 3461

Re: Wifi cards keep blowing

This is a continuing problem with omni antennas that are NOT DC grounded. Many are not. To test yours, take an OHM meter and measure from the center conductor of the antenna connector to the outer conductor. It should read almost 0 ohms. If it does NOT show any reading then it is NOT DC grounded and...
by steveloomis
Fri Nov 27, 2009 2:07 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: LIST of OMNI's That wont kill your radios
Replies: 32
Views: 6237

Re: LIST of OMNI's That wont kill your radios

This topic has been around so many times and the solution is VERY simple. Just a few posts back, it was recommended to use an OHM METER to test the antenna. Set the meter to the lowest ohm scale then measure from the antenna connector outer threaded portion to the center conductor pin. It should rea...
by steveloomis
Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:05 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Block Porn Pages
Replies: 3
Views: 1084

Re: Block Porn Pages

We use open dns as well, it works very well and is external to you and free.
by steveloomis
Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:51 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: RouterBoard 411U and sierra wireless card
Replies: 10
Views: 3540

Re: RouterBoard 411U and sierra wireless card

Just the default setup, admin and no password.
by steveloomis
Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:36 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: RouterBoard 411U and sierra wireless card
Replies: 10
Views: 3540

Re: RouterBoard 411U and sierra wireless card

I am successfully using this setup, drop me an email and I will send you the backup file from my setup. You just drop it in the "files" area then select it and restore. The setup string and everything you need for a subscribed card on AT&T's network. You will need the cell card and a sim card. steve...
by steveloomis
Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Solving 20km wireless link issues
Replies: 147
Views: 102793

Re: Solving 20km wireless link issues

I have been reading this thread and looking at the Radio Mobile path. From My experience in using Radio Mobile, I see the major problem is the obstruction where most of the lower half of the Fresnel zone is blocked. Radio Mobile is showing you the expanding Fresnel zone with the dashed white lines a...
by steveloomis
Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:17 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Wifi Base-Station near GSM Base-Station
Replies: 18
Views: 2630

Re: Wifi Base-Station near GSM Base-Station

Distance from the GSM Antennas is important. Since their antennas transmit towards the horizon, the best place to be is above or below them as far as you can get. This is where their signal will be weakest. The Metal Box is good, make sure you ground it. I suggest a trial system at first, see if you...
by steveloomis
Thu Apr 02, 2009 5:15 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: 5GHz and 90º@19dBi sector antennas
Replies: 6
Views: 1060

Re: 5GHz and 90º@19dBi sector antennas

Try this one, it works very well:

17 dBi 90 Deg 4.9-5.8GHz VPol Sectorial SA4958-90-17 made by Pacific Wireless (Pac Wireless) They also make one that is: SA4958-120-16 and is also a very good one.
by steveloomis
Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:36 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Wireless over water
Replies: 23
Views: 3445

Re: Wireless over water

You mentioned you had 13 frequencies. You actually have 3, maybe 4 that are not overlapping each other.
Why not use a 5 gig frequency for the link? Smaller antennas too. Consider circular polarization for the link.
by steveloomis
Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:50 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Wireless over water
Replies: 23
Views: 3445

Re: Wireless over water

I know this would require a major change, but have you thought of going with circular polarization. I have not tried it, but have heard this may be an answer over water. Multipath is minimized.
by steveloomis
Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:28 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Can I extend POTS over IP?
Replies: 7
Views: 2188

Re: Can I extend POTS over IP?

Check out http://www.zetron.com

They have off the shelf controllers that will do this over conventional analog 2way radio. I have done this very thing using these controllers. To much to go into here.
by steveloomis
Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:41 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Next gen wireless card poll
Replies: 57
Views: 25658

Re: Next gen wireless card poll

Ufl connectors were designed for use where space is premium, as in a Laptop. In an outdoor environment where space is not so critical and ease of maintenance is most important, the MMCX or SMA is best. I have had NO problems with the MMCX and vote for it and NO diversity switch.
by steveloomis
Fri Jun 27, 2008 3:12 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: 5ghz question, trees
Replies: 10
Views: 2585

Re: 5ghz question, trees

I have quite a bit of experience with 5 gig and as stated above, trees will kill it fast. Tree growth is a real problem too. A new link was installed a couple of months ago with -62dbm signal level and good performance over a 2 mile path. After a 3 week period the signal went down to high 70's then ...
by steveloomis
Wed Jun 25, 2008 1:45 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Power Problem over long CAT5
Replies: 21
Views: 5430

Re: Power Problem over long CAT5

I read through this entire thread and thought I'd add my comments. One person suggested measuring the voltage at the end of the cable before plugging it into the MT. If you measure it open circuit like this, it will read almost the same at the top as at the bottom. You MUST have a load on the cable,...
by steveloomis
Wed May 14, 2008 3:24 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Link over 17 miles of ocean
Replies: 14
Views: 2042

Re: Link over 17 miles of ocean

Has anyone tried Circular Polarization? Any reflections will cause a reverse direction of polarization I understand and will not be detected. Worth a try.
by steveloomis
Wed Apr 30, 2008 2:57 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Links across water
Replies: 9
Views: 1522

Re: Links across water

Has anyone tried circular polarization over water? If so, what frequencies did you use?
by steveloomis
Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:44 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Hey Radio Heads
Replies: 6
Views: 1090

Re: Hey Radio Heads

yes
by steveloomis
Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:53 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: 3.65Ghz FCC certification
Replies: 50
Views: 13729

Re: 3.65Ghz FCC certification

I am interested as well...
by steveloomis
Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:44 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Nstreme link scenario and questions
Replies: 27
Views: 5638

Re: Nstreme link scenario and questions

I would like to see your ospf configuration. Please contact off forum. steve at airsignal dot net
by steveloomis
Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:35 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: RB512 wont upgrade from 2.9.38.
Replies: 5
Views: 1068

Re: RB512 wont upgrade from 2.9.38.

Have you upgraded the BIOS? I have both a RB511 and RB512 and both have upgraded to 2.9.50 with no problems.
by steveloomis
Fri Oct 26, 2007 3:30 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: P2P link disconnects for no reason for hours at a time.
Replies: 3
Views: 899

Re: P2P link disconnects for no reason for hours at a time.

In looking at your graph, is the link up except for the large -80dB + dip or is it dying when the signal drops 10 to 12dB? If it is staying connected with the 10 to 12 or more dB drops in level and only disconnects when the signal goes very low then it looks like it could be interference. The signal...
by steveloomis
Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:01 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Moisture in outdoor enclosure
Replies: 13
Views: 1823

Re: Moisture in outdoor enclosure

My solution is less elegant, drill small weep holes in the bottom side to let the air pressure equalize and moisture that may collect, drain out. End of problem. It seems that moist air can always find a way in unless perfectly sealed, air escapes, leaving moisture behind. .
by steveloomis
Tue Oct 23, 2007 4:47 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Plastic standoffs?
Replies: 14
Views: 3271

Re: Plastic standoffs?

I use Digikey @ http://www.digikey.com/ You can get all types of standoff's there. I use: .750 x 4-40 threaded metal standoffs part no. 1895K-ND 1/4" x 4-40 screws part no. H342-HD 1/4" x 4-40 nylon screws same size as above H542-ND I use lots of these to assemble units. You can find hinged, threade...
by steveloomis
Sun Oct 21, 2007 10:48 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Connecting two radios to one antenna
Replies: 7
Views: 1522

Re: Connecting two radios to one antenna

In my opinion, use two completely redundant systems, antennas, powersupply etc. Keep it simple and it will work. Backup links I've run were this way, one in standby, the other active. I even manually switched them over to keep it simple. I used a pager for failure notice so I could respond quickly i...
by steveloomis
Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:37 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Newbie looking for easy step guide rb133c
Replies: 3
Views: 825

Re: Newbie looking for easy step guide rb133c

There is a steep learning curve, but the wiki covers lots of topics and is very good. This not your common Linksys router and is much more complicated and powerful. Personally I use winbox for most programming as it is easier for me to use. Some things MUST be programmed via command line and you can...
by steveloomis
Thu Oct 11, 2007 2:27 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Mac Authentication???
Replies: 1
Views: 579

Re: Mac Authentication???

Mikrotik's user-manager will do this, look at wiki for info on how to use it. It works..., it is free...
by steveloomis
Sun Oct 07, 2007 2:24 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: MT router under attack?
Replies: 12
Views: 23957

Re: MT router under attack?

Simple to fix. In winbox, got to IP tab, then services. Disable all unnecessary services, like HTTP, FTP, Telnet etc, maybe change the port number to non-standard ports. I have done this repeatedly on many of our MT routers and stopped the attempts to log in...
by steveloomis
Sun Oct 07, 2007 2:18 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: New AP not being Seen by all clients
Replies: 16
Views: 1547

Re: New AP not being Seen by all clients

The 2511 radio card is a Prism, not Atheros card and will not have a hardware retry setting.
by steveloomis
Fri Sep 28, 2007 5:23 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Cavity filters
Replies: 10
Views: 1333

Re: Cavity filters

Typically no. Since the cpe is usually much closer to the ground, it is not as likely to "hear" interference as high mounted AP. I have used cavity filters on 900 AP and have had a much improved noise floor and overall performance. I used Ubiquity filters because they have a much narrower "window" t...
by steveloomis
Wed Sep 12, 2007 5:01 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Using as AP with B/G card
Replies: 3
Views: 684

Re: Using as AP with B/G card

Version 2.9.45 is the answer to this problem. It addresses this with additional settings on the wireless interface Advanced tab. Look for Hardware retries. Also the forum has much about this and many have seen great success with this version. 2.9.46 is the latest and recommended version to upgrade t...
by steveloomis
Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:30 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: upgrade from Level4 to Level5
Replies: 3
Views: 730

Re: upgrade from Level4 to Level5

Contact Mikrotik about accessing the other frequencys. Any level of license will work, but you must have a special upgraded license to allow this.
by steveloomis
Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:25 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Nstreme Dual Questions?
Replies: 18
Views: 3240

Re: Nstreme Dual Questions?

In response to the question about the 200 Mhz separation. The transmitted signal extends beyond the exact frequency in what is called sidebands and noise. These sidebands are much weaker than the main signal, however, in the presence of a very sensitive receiver, these sidebands can be "heard" if to...
by steveloomis
Fri Sep 07, 2007 5:25 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: 900mhz antennas
Replies: 11
Views: 1370

Re: 900mhz antennas

We have been experimenting with 900 using the SR9 card. Without a cavity we had a noise floor that jumped from the low -80's to somewhere in the -90's depending on exact frequency we used and time of day. Busy cell sites and several 900 meg paging sites surround this particular area. We installed a ...
by steveloomis
Thu Sep 06, 2007 3:21 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: 2 minipci cards on a single board p2p link suggestion needed
Replies: 3
Views: 815

Re: 2 minipci cards on a single board p2p link suggestion needed

I wire in external large batteries to a UPS. Much simpler than charger and battery. UPS will charge external batteries. Add batteries increase battery size to get necessary run time.
by steveloomis
Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:30 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: Help - NStreme2 terrible throughput
Replies: 71
Views: 6132

Re: Help - NStreme2 terrible throughput

Question? Since I do not have experience with an XR5 but do have experience with SR5 radio's, is there a setting for Antenna A and B even though there is only one actual mmcx antenna port? On the SR5 you must use antenna B to access the mmcx port. Antenna A is the Ufl port.
by steveloomis
Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:57 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: RB333 DHCP from Cable Modem
Replies: 4
Views: 932

Re: RB333 DHCP from Cable Modem

Set up a "bridge" in the RB with the Ethernet port from the Cable modem connection and your wireless card "wlan1" I assume. This will pass DHCP from your cable modem.
by steveloomis
Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:17 pm
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: CPE-Antenna alignment via customer / Application available?
Replies: 149
Views: 33214

Re: CPE-Antenna alignment via customer / Application available?

Cmit, please send a copy, thanks for all you do.

steve at vroomwireless dot com
by steveloomis
Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:04 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: 5.4GHz superchannel license needed?
Replies: 30
Views: 13429

Re: 5.4GHz superchannel license needed?

use v2.9.46 and Qatar for the country...
by steveloomis
Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Huawei Mobile Connect Model E620 and ROS 2.9.39
Replies: 19
Views: 4271

Re: Huawei Mobile Connect Model E620 and ROS 2.9.39

I finally got the modem-init programmed, hoping it would solve the very slow connection speeds. It did not. I will try moving to a very good signal area and see if my problem is a weak signal. Anything you can recommend would be appreciated in getting the speed faster. In my laptop the card will do ...
by steveloomis
Sat Jun 30, 2007 7:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: Huawei Mobile Connect Model E620 and ROS 2.9.39
Replies: 19
Views: 4271

Re: Huawei Mobile Connect Model E620 and ROS 2.9.39

I have the Sierra Wireless 875 working in a RB230, however to get it to work I had to delete the Modem init, and when I applied it, it connected. The speeds are very slow, like 120k or so at best. How are you getting 1meg down and 200 to 400k up? I must be missing something. Could you send me a back...
by steveloomis
Sun Jun 24, 2007 5:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Huawei Mobile Connect Model E620 and ROS 2.9.39
Replies: 19
Views: 4271

Re: Huawei Mobile Connect Model E620 and ROS 2.9.39

Could you post more info on setting up the routerboard using the Sierra Wireless 875 card, such as how to get the data to the ethernet ports/wireless card. I have a Soekris 4511 card that does not have a USB port. The serial port 1 recoginizes the card but only goes to 115400 bps. Any Ideas other th...
by steveloomis
Sat Jun 09, 2007 12:34 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: manually setting ack-timeout value
Replies: 43
Views: 15288

Re: manually setting ack-timeout value

Sten, I have been following this problem for quite a while and have been waiting for a solution before really launching several new AP's. Let me make sure I understand you. You are saying that if we set the Ack-Timeout to a fixed amount, say 53 or something like that, maybe up to 80 then this whole ...
by steveloomis
Thu Jun 07, 2007 4:50 am
Forum: RouterBOARD hardware
Topic: RouterOS freezes on Soekris net4521
Replies: 2
Views: 1696

Re: RouterOS freezes on Soekris net4521

Try this, instead of Boot 80 just remove power from the board then power it up again. I've had similiar problems and found power cycling at this point solved the issue. I hope this helps
by steveloomis
Wed Apr 05, 2006 5:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: Cannot restore backups
Replies: 7
Views: 2334

restore from backup

I understand that using a backup from another unit may not work correctly unless both units are EXACTLY the same hardware. I have successfully used a backup file to restore to another exact unit. Specifically I was using Soekris 4501 boards and the backups will interchange between units. The license...
by steveloomis
Thu Dec 29, 2005 6:30 am
Forum: Wireless Networking
Topic: SR2 and MT
Replies: 10
Views: 2771

SR2 and SR5 cards

I have been following this topic and while I have not yet tested my theory, it looks like a most important thing to remember is to have a large amperage power supply. By this I mean 2 amps or better at 12 to 20 volts. While the onboard regulator is certainly a limiting factor, a larger limiting fact...