Basic Ubiquiti Radio Configuration Guide


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Basic config guide


Below is a basic guide for getting into your device and getting yourself set up to connect. This guide will only cover the device itself, and refer off to other pages as it requires for various sections.

NOTE: This is a very basic guide to get you logged into the radio for the first time, and get it ready for connecting up.

When you first unbox your device, it will be set to a default configuration. The device will normally have an IP address of 192.168.1.20, so you may need to set your IP address on your computer first to be able to access it.

Logging in


Once you’ve accessed the login page via your web browser to https://192.168.1.20, you should see something like the following:

NOTE: The SSL warning is PERFECTLY NORMAL.


The default username and password on the device is:

Username: ubnt
Password: ubnt

Once you’re logged in, you should see a screen similar to this

Across the top of the screen you will now see the various tabs for configuring parts of the device settings. The below guide will move through them in a page by page order starting with “WIRELESS” and working to the RIGHT through to “SYSTEM” (WIRELESS -> NETWORK -> ADVANCED -> SERVICES -> SYSTEM).

If there’s nothing that you need to change from the defaults to get a basic connection working, it will be stated clearly to avoid any confusion.

Also, when you have pressed “Change” after making changes on any of the following pages, you will see a blue backgrounded text area with three options appear at the top of the page:

Configuration contains changes. Apply these changes? “Test” “Apply” “Discard”

To speed up the process, please do not choose any of these options until you are told to do so at the end of the guide.

WIRELESS


This page relates to the main configuration of the device. It’s where you set what the device will function as, and how it will connect. For the purpose of this basic guide, we are going to be going through how to set up a station. A station is a network client, or end point. A comparison would be like your mobile phne, where your calls are sent and received. In that fashion, a wireless device in station mode allows you to communicate in both ways, but relies on the Access Point (Your mobile phone tower, for comparison) to allow it to connect and to process the other end of the connection.

An example of what this page should look like is here

To connect to your Access Point (AP), you will need to make sure the following is set:

Wireless mode: Station
WDS (Transparent Bridge Mode): Box needs to be ticked (Enable)
SSID: Name of the AP you are connecting to
If you have one of the following devices

Nanobridge
Nanobeam
Rocket
Bullet

You will need to make sure that the Antenna option is set correctly for your device, and the correct gain specified.

Lastly, as it is a requirement, you will need to ensure that WPA2 is enabled, with the following options:

Security: WPA2
WPA Authentication: PSK
WPA Preshared Key: Your AP’s WPA2 key

Once you have set that, you MUST remember to hit “Change” at the bottom of the page.

Now we can proceed to the NETWORK tab

NETWORK


This page is where you set how the device handles the connection you have just set up on the WIRELESS page.
For the purposes of this guide, we are only going to work with Bridge mode, and not change the IP address.

The only settings you will need to ensure are set here is the following:

Network Mode: Bridge

Remember, if you make a change here, you MUST click on “Change” at the bottom for the changes to save.

Once you’re happy with this part, you can now proceed to the ADVANCED tab.

ADVANCED


This page has some more advanced features and settings relating to fine tuning the device.
For the purposes of this guide, we will not be changing anything on this page, as the default settings are more than adequate.

We can move on to the SERVICES tab now.

SERVICES


This page relates to a number of in built services on the device, such as the web server which is running the interface you’re currently using to configure the device (And as such, we strongly recommend you don’t turn it off!).
As such, for the purposes of this guide, we won’t be making any changes to settings on this page.

We can now move on to the last tab, SYSTEM.

SYSTEM


This page has settings relating to the name of the device (This is broadcast to the AP), as well as firmware versions, user account settings and the date/time.

The only settings you will need to set/ensure are set to be able to connect is the following:

Time Zone: This should be set to your correct corresponding time zone. Perth is in +8GMT
Device Name: This should be a meaningful name so we can identify whom the device is owned by.

NOTE: As this is a basic guide, we will not be dealing with changing the username and password from the defaults. While this is strongly recommended, as this is for just getting a device ready to test a connection, the default settings are ok. You will, however, be required to secure the device properly when the connection is finalised.

As with before, you must remember to press “Change” at the bottom if you make any changes.

Finished


Now that you’ve been through and set all the pages, you can click on the “Apply” option that should be displaying at the top under the tabs.

When you click on Apply, the device will reboot and apply the new settings you have made.

At this point, congratulations, you have now successfully done a basic configuration on the device, and when it is is powered up, it will allow you to align the device and connect to your AP.