How to connect to an Access Point and join WaFreeNet
Simplfied overview to connect
Join the Discord, this is important to assist with:
- Which Access Point (AP) and the AP name you'll be able to theoretically "see".
- How Far away the AP is.
- What hardware you'll require to connect.
- Getting assigned an IP address on the network.
- The Wireless password to connect to the AP.
- Go out and check if you have Line of Sight (LOS) to the recommended AP. If any of the items below are in the way, you wont be able to connect to that AP:
- Purchase Hardware relevant to your distance from AP.
- Scan for the AP from install location (See steps below).
- Erect mast
- Mount hardware.
- Fine tune your radio (see Connecting and Alignment below)
- Run network wiring indoors to join your network.
Congratulations, you're now part of WaFreeNet!
Connecting to your Radio
Follow one of these guides:
Scanning for an AP
- Log into your UBNT Radio
- Hold the physical radio level and steady in the general direction of your AP.
- Select the Site Survey tool from the drop down menu in the top right.
- This method is for scanning for visible AP's.
- This tool scans the spectrum based on available frequencies, then displays information like SSID, MAC address and signal levels of all nearby APs.
- If you cant see the AP name that you want to connect with:
- Make sure scan list is turned OFF
- Move the wifi radio a few degrees in one direction (left / right / up / down)
- Refresh the site survey tool several times
- Rince and repeat until you find the AP.
Connecting to an AP
Only do after confirming you can find it using the scan method above.
- Go to the Wireless Tab
- Next to "SSID" press the "Select" button
- Select the radio button next to the AP Name and select "Lock to AP"
- Enter WPA Key at bottom of page
- Change -> Apply
Align Antenna for Best connection
Only do after connecting to an AP above.
- Select "Align Antenna" tool from the drop down menu in the top right.
- Move your radio in fine adjustments to get the best Signal Level.
- Watch the Horizontal and Vertical dBm readings as a guide to "hotter" or colder" and adjust accordingly.
- The lower the dBm signal level, the better your connection.
- Lower means -60dBm is better than -90dBm.