Wifi For ARRL Field Day: LARG/K4LRG 2008

Submitted by gpmidi on Wed, 06/13/2018 - 19:50

For LARG's Field Day 2018 I'll be setting up a wifi based network. It will be used for N1MM+ logging, restricted internet access, and remote radio control (ie Flex6500). To do that I'm using a set of up to 10 of Ubiquiti's UAP-AC-MESHs and six NanoStation Loco M5s. The UAP-AC-MESHs will handle most of the traffic while the NanoStations will provide any long distance links. Although given the site size I don't think anything but a UAP-AC-MESH per station will be needed. 

Ubiquiti POE

Submitted by gpmidi on Wed, 06/13/2018 - 19:40

Found out something interesting today. My NanoStation Loco M5 (it's am XW version) will run on a little over 5v via POE. Dropping it just a hair below 5v would allow it to start but it couldn't run the wifi module. I suspect 5v may not be stable in the long run. That's a test for another day. 

My UAP-AC-MESH, which takes 24v/48v needed a full 24v to run. Even 16v wasn't enough. I didn't try anything in the 16v to 23v range. 

Lockitron: Too bad...

Submitted by gpmidi on Wed, 04/25/2018 - 17:07

What's too bad about this is that the product isn't half bad. Except for a recent hiccup with my ios based app (it works fine on my android based phone), it's been great. Maybe they'll pull through, maybe not. I just hope I'm not out of $178 plus the effort of installing them. 

Lockitron (aka Apigy Inc): Problems

Submitted by gpmidi on Wed, 04/25/2018 - 16:55

In May of 2015 I placed an order for two Bolts with Bridges from Lockitron.com, which is owned by Apigy Inc. Well over a year later in December 2016 or January 2017 they finally shipped me two Bolts. It's now almost three years after the original order and they've still not sent out my bridge. In fact they closed my order and won't respond to support requests now. Ever tried calling them (+1 872 222 8717)? Good luck, they have yet to answer any of my calls. Tried their forums? Still waiting.