How to Configure Wireless Bridge Access Points and Stations

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Introduction

SecurityTronix™ has teamed up with LigoWave™ to bring you wireless bridge options for your installs. This will eliminate the need for running long cables. We know big job sites can handcuff your options for camera placement & coverage, but the wireless bridges we offer can transcend the limitations you experience with these vast installations.

In this bulletin we will cover the installation, configuration, and performance/connectivity calculation of the wireless bridges we now offer to our customers. We will start with the initial set up: installing/aiming of the wireless bridge devices. Following that will be the configurations: activating, network configuration, and designations of the AP/Stations. Lastly, at the end of this bulletin there will be a calculator you can use to test your links and make sure your devices will connect properly.

Our three models pictured with all included accessories:

Installing & Aiming APs/Stations

Our DLB-5-90AC and DLB-5-20N units come with an adjustable mount that gives you the ability to change the angles of the unit both vertically and horizontally as shown in figure 1. Our DLB-5-15AC unit only has the ability to be adjusted horizontally.

Figure 1

Antenna Alignment

The Antenna Alignment Tool measures the signal quality between the Master and Slave devices. To achieve the best results when aligning antennas, turn off all wireless networking devices within range of the device, except the device (or devices) with which you are trying to align the antenna. Watch the display for real-time feedback as you adjust the antenna.

Figure 2

Factory Reset

All three models have the same factory reset button located on the inside of the unit to the right of the Ethernet port, as shown in Figure 3.

To initiate the reset you will need to unplug the Ethernet cable going to the PoE injector then press and hold the reset button while plugging the Ethernet cord back in. Continue to hold the reset button for 15 to 20 seconds. LED lights on the side of the unit should turn all solid indicating that the reset has been successful.

Figure 3

Wireless bridge AP/Station configuration

Point to Point & Point to Multi-Point Setups:

Figure 4

Model Horizontal Vertical Elevation Coverage Recommendation
DLB-5-15AC Horizontal: 35 degree Vertical: 35 degree Elevation: 35 degree (PTMP Mode) 5 km/ 3.11 mi / (PTP Mode) 7 km/ 4.35 mi
DLB-5-20N Horizontal: 16 degree Vertical: Horizontal: 16 degree Elevation: 16 degree (PTMP mode) 10 km/ 6.21 mi / (PTP Mode) 15 km/ 9.32 mi /
(PTP Mode: Full Capacity) 8 km/ 4.97mi
DLB-5-90AC Horizontal: 90 degree Vertical: 90 degree Elevation: 20 degree Coverage recommendation: 5km/ 3.1mi

First set your network adapter on your laptop/PC to: 

IPv4: 192.168.2.10 / SNM: 255.255.255.0 / GW: 192.168.2.1 

Next launch a web browser and input the IP address of the LigoWave unit: 192.168.2.66 (Default IP Address)

Enter default credentials: 

Username: admin / Password: admin01 

When asked to agree to terms make sure the country is U.S.A. and select proper setup Point-to-Point (2 devices)/Point to Multi-Point (2 or more  devices) and click OK. 

Figure 5

Once logged in, click on the settings icon.

The first thing that you want to setup is the connection to your LAN via DHCP or Static IP. Your network mode will be set to “Bridge”. If you are using a static IP, enter the information into the fields as shown in Figure 6. Everything else will be left to its defaults. 

Figure 6

DHCP Settings

If setting up the LAN as DHCP the only thing that would be different is to setup a fall back IP. In case of network issues you can still be able to log into the unit by directly connecting to it and using the IP address you set as its fall back.

See Figure 7.

Figure 7

Enable Radio

After that go into the wireless configuration and enable the radio. Then for the operating mode if setting as AP, select Access Point (iPoll3). For a Station select Station (WDS/iPoll3).

Figure 8

Configure Bridged Connection

This step will only be done on the Access Point. Click on the gear icon on the Network SSID line to setup the bridged connection (this is where the station will get its network access from).

Figure 9

Wireless AP Settings

Enter in the desired SSID you would like and broadcast the SSID. Then select WPA2 Personal for the security and enter the passphrase you would like. Everything else will be left defaulted.

Figure 9

Station Setup

For station setup, click the search button and the unit will scan all available wireless connections. When the list populates, select the AP wireless bridge connection and enter the passphrase. Everything else will be left defaulted. Once completed save all changes that were made. Please refer to screen shots.

Figure 10

Station Setup

For station setup, click the search button and the unit will scan all available wireless connections. When the list populates, select the AP wireless bridge connection and enter the passphrase. Everything else will be left defaulted. Once completed save all changes that were made. 

Please refer to Figures 11- 13.

When both devices have been set, login to the AP and make sure that the Station is connected. From here any device connected to the Station with the proper IP range will be on the LAN.

Figures 11-13

LinkCalc

LinkCalc™ is a link planning tool available online at ligowave.com/linkcalc. The link calculator allows users to calculate link performance expectations taking into account geographical information, distance between the units, antenna height and gain, transmitting power, and other factors in order to choose the most suitable product available from the LigoWave and Deliberant extensive product portfolios. In addition, custom calculations using other vendors’ equipment specs can be used, making Link Calculator the ultimate link planning tool.

If you have trouble with reading the data provided, please contact us, and we will walk you through the calculations and configurations.

Conclusion

We hope you found this informative and helpful towards your current and future installations. If you have any further questions on specs, or operability please do not hesitate to reach out to our tech team. 

Next month we will cover our new cloud based data storage app ST LIVE. If you have any questions about any SecurityTronix product, you can reach us at:

SecurityTronix Support Line – (610) 429-0334

SecurityTronix Support Email – support@SecurityTronix.com