AirMax World Conference - San Ceferino Hotel Argentina


On Friday, Dec. 3, in the district of Luján, was held in San Ceferino Hotel & SPA Ubiquiti AirMax the World Conference (for the second time in the country).

The talk began with an introduction of the products launched since its inception for over 5 years ago.

Their first products were a series of mini-pci card Super Range 2 and 5 respectively, which are still available in the market for sale and later improved with the Xtreme Range family.

A year later introduced its line LiteStation market. It was the first boards with integrated radios and was the first big step to enter a market in short supply in the area mid-entry and mid-end.

2008 was an important year for the company. The introduction of the product family Nanostation, Bullet and not so famous PicoStation strengthened the company will place on the map.

2009, enters the "new" technology TDMA applied to all product lines, renewing several'd be presenting several new products as were the Rocket, dual polarization panels, nanobridge, Powerdbridge, Bullet M, Nano M, and so on.

Another very important additional software were available for the calculation of links and analysis of the electromagnetic spectrum to choose which channel to work.

Without further ado way to talk about the new product line that is being presented. The first product is helps to resolve cases of interference generated by our own customers.

Imagine a normal base station a rocket M2 and a panel of 15db dual pol. This team has the ability to interconnect more than 100 clients at an angle of 120°.

What problem are we? Our 100 clients (assume 100 nano m2) will be listening to the sending node and answer panels with 60 degrees of openness. In 100 stations located in walking distance raises the ambient noise interference and generating data transmissions.

Solution? AirBEAM. This is a computer panel that provides 90 degrees of coverage with several small antennas inside. Each provides a coverage of 16 º. Your system can intelligently select which of the 6 antennas of 16 ° is the best listen to the customer.

In the back you can see the Rocket M specially designed for this team and its peculiar way of interconnect.

Unfortunately, the picture can not fully appreciate the plug, but I use to say that the housing is all metal.

The 7 lights indicate that the upper antenna system is being used AirBEAM. Among the lower are the energy and GPS for synchronization with other equipment.

An advantage is achieved coverage of 90°, less interference for the sole use antennas of 16º of opening operated at different times with the new GPS system in several new products which will be discussed below and more power, by concentrating the signal at 16º time.

Another major problem is known as Tower Co-Location. The concept is simple, if you have multiple computers in a single transmitting tower will interfere with each other.

The GPS synchronization allows you to select a master and several slaves to work together and do not generate interference to each other. This is possible thanks to the precise synchronization of clocks via GPS and TDMA technology that assigns each time slot to transmit and one to send. All supervised by the Master interface.

Rocket M - GPS was developed exclusively for this function in addition to SMA connectors for dual polarization antennas now has one extra for the GPS antenna connection (ideally mounted in place to achieve better satellite reception). AirSyns is the new soft intergrade to AirOS that allows synchronization of all devices.

In the previous slide we can see that in tests conducted by ubiquitin, GPS timing optimization allowed a much higher wireless links tested. A dw / 65Mb/1Mb up with AirSync Off, had a great improvement to the tool 116Mb/17Mb On.

Leaving a bit of topic presented different architectures and armed ptp ptmp system.

Posed architecture models were two. Centralized architecture, where the most typical examples are the Mikrotik routerboards where we can accommodate up to 12 radios (rb800 + rb604) and if we find MIMO radios have 24 connectors MMCX / UFL with 24 pigtails that go to our antennas on the tower.

The disadvantage is that 12 links / radios depend on a single processor and a single source, in the case of failure would create a problem throughout the system. Also evident the high short hold at least 12 low-loss cables to the antennas.

More points against:
- Complexity
- Demaciadas fault variables
- Loss RF cables and connectors
- Human Error / Error Assembly
- Bottleneck processing (using many radios and spend a lot of bandwidth)
- Problem isolation of customers

In a distributed architecture each radio has its own processor and are plugged directly into the antenna to avoid signal loss problems and wiring, low cost, redundancy and fewer points of failure

- Simplicity
- Fail Safe
- Best performance by eliminating RF cable
- Rugged, no problems of assembly
- distributed processing load for each antenna
- Antennas and radios above
- You can implement a router behind the AP also
- Best value cost-benefit
- includes AirMax, AirSync, Airview and AirBEAM

Changing the subject again we turn to the PPS (paquets per second)

In a centralized architecture is essential to have a Gigabit port on the router, otherwise there will be a bottleneck in the system. 

In the distributed architecture, the processing is done independently in each basestation or antenna. The Rocket does not generate processor bottlenecks.

One product to my taste more interesting was the Unifi. This is a solution indoors to provide wireless access to an aesthetic and impeccable mounting options.

The system includes the possibility Unifi loading a map, selecting the scale used, and calculate the coverage provided by each of the devices. And management changes can be made in conjunction with the software in order to have centralized management of all APs.

At the moment the connection of each is wired in the next versions will include a mesh of 1 single jump.

The basic version has an Ethernet port 10/100, a radio N, POE 24v, 150 meters wide and a price of 59 dollars.

Long Range version is identical with a radius greater power to achieve up to 200 meters range indoors a price of 79 dollars.

Finally, the professional version with 2 radios (5.8 and 2.4GHz), Gigabit and POE 48V.

Introducing a product quite new and even philanthropic. Is a free software AirVision far as we know, able to manage IP cameras simultaneously and brands. Includes recording movements, control of motorized cameras and plans to incorporate facial recognition in the future.

Why Ubiquiti gives us this soft and plans to continue its development for free? the answer comes next

The company is very eager to enter the IP camera market with products of low cost and high performance. Without further ado. AirCam.

One of the few IP cameras under 100 dollars of cost, with a resolution of 720k and so far no sound or interchangeable lenses. Ubiquiti plans to introduce a variety of models in this sector with infrared capabilities, multiple lens options and wireless capabilities.

At the end of the event, I approached the table of products and photograph the simplicity and ease of installation that appears to offer your camera

The POE power supply using a combo makes it ideal for use with the M5 Nanostation and pass direct current.

After and before the interval, there was talk of confidence and error factor the company have in their products. One of the most common problems is the burning of ethernet ports on almost all products.

According to him, the return of 0.3% defective products including, Dead on Arrival, weather problems and some without any problems.

After going to improve the lightning protection model after model came to the conclusion that the problem persisted. In more complete analysis showed that the problem originates in 99% of cases of defective equipment.

The failure of the ethernet ports electrostatic discharge (ESD acronym in English) is due to poor installation.
At first the fonts included by Ubiquiti not grounded, this was modified in subsequent models and now we can see 3 legs at all POE.
As another measure for the correct installation to use STP cable (cable Mayado) at the premises, in order to drive safely electrostatic discharge to the ground by the POE.
This requires that you always use tabs UTP shielded at all ends.

That said, UBNT ensures not have had more problems of this kind since her customers followed her suggestions.

Following new products, though perhaps not very novel, Tough cable assures quality copper coil that comes in 2 levels. Level 1 is commonly known as STP, cable Mayado with a steel cable and wrap in foil for all pairs of colors. Combined with the shielded chip eliminates the problems of ethernet asegudando also higher bandwidth and lower voltage drop in long stretches.

Designed to operate in harsh environments, eliminate ESD failures, improvements states, performance and speed of ethernet connections and the ability to transport energy.

With all these changes have eliminated Ubiquiti think the ethernet ports as a point of failure (provided that their installations as previously recommended.

After almost 3 hours, does the break of this interesting conversation for lunch and stretch your feet.

Buffet lunch and some interesting conversations with several friends known that I was lucky to find and new ones that I know.

Back to the room to see what new things have to offer on the side of the antennas.

No date of arrival in Argentina, is introducing a new dual-polarized omnidirectional antenna. This model is 13db, very sturdy, very heavy and very striking.

At the bottom, 2 SMA connectors ready to host a Rocket. Here's what was strange, after talking to Ben Moore, Vice Presidents of Development UBNT is that the dual polarization antenna has the same capabilities in terms of distance and coverage of a single polarity.

From personal experience, the panels UBNT dual-pol, gave me a little higher performance in NLOS links compared to other common panel.

Here is another product that generates great expectations. The M10 allows links Powerbrige frequency of 10 MHz in 28MHz channels in parables solid. The laws of physics tell us that at higher frequency, more bandwidth and higher line of sight requirements for the proper funciomiento. While this product is not intended in the market for WISP, in parts of Asia is planned for the television media market.

Physically is a metal box with a hole in the back where the dipole is screwed. The metal is thick to prevent any noise or interference from outside and protect components.

Interestingly, contributed by Ben Moore after the event was that after designing a 10GHz system is relatively simple for them to implementations of 9, 11 or 20GHz necessary.

With this I finished my post about the talk. Surely you are tired of reading as I write.

After the event we are left with several acquaintances sharing a little later in San Ceferino. Leave a photo below. Thanks to all who recognized me from hello and hope to see you at another event.

If someone has nice pictures of the event, I hope we can share them and upload to the blog and get to know each other more among us who love this business.

In order of appearance: Pedro Flores, Rafael Camplone , Miguel Angel Turrin, Oscar Godoy, Emanuel Fondevila , Alberto Kurata and Walter Saqueta Melo.

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