Wireless Radios

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The following miniPCI wireless cards are supported in StarV3. Please be aware that AR5006 cards may not initialize in a WRAP board unless the board's BIOS has been upgraded. For cards that are known to work in WRAP boards after upgrading the BIOS, the WRAP field will say "Upgd".

If available, there may be more details about specific cards below the summary information.

For more detailed information and community comments about some radio cards, please see Wireless Cards.

mPCI Radio Card Summary[edit]

Cards recommended by Valemount Networks:

mPCI Card Chipset Max Power Operating Freq Hardware Rev MAC Address Super
A/G
WRAP Connectors
Wistron-Neweb CM9 Atheros 5004X 20 dB 2312-2732
(802.11b/g)
mac 5.9
phy 4.3
analog 3.6
00:0B:6B Yes Yes Outside-Main
Ant. A
5170-5835
(802.11a)
Inside-Aux
Ant. B
Compex WLM54-AG Atheros 5006XS 23 dB 2312-2732
(802.11b/g)
mac 10.5
phy 6.1
analog 6.3
00:80:48 Yes Upgd Inside-Main
Ant. A
4920-6100
(802.11a)
Outside-Aux
Ant. B
Compex WLM54-SG Atheros 5006GS 23 dB 2312-2732
(802.11b/g)
mac 7.9
phy 4.5
analog 5.6
00:80:48 Yes Upgd Outside-Aux
Ant. A
Inside-Main
Ant. B

NOTE: Cards sold by Valemount Networks and their resellers are not always 100% reference factory design, but rather custom ordered with tweaked design for better performance.

ToDo:

Add Ubiquiti cards as possible alternatives
Add Senao cards as possible alternatives

Ubiquiti Radio Power Table[edit]

Ubiquiti SR and XR series cards include a built-in hardware amplifier that will increase the actual output power above the power settings configured within StarOS. To avoid possibly overdriving the radio card, you should set a Tx Power less then or equal to the Max Power from the table below. Note that your actual output power will be the power setting you use plus the Power Offset of the built-in amplifier.

Radio Card Default Max Power Offset True Max Power
SR2 16 dB 10 dB 26 dB
SR4 19 dB 7 dB 26 dB
SR5 19 dB 7 dB 26 dB
SR9 16 dB 12 dB 28 dB
XR2 18 dB 10 dB 28 dB
XR3 15 dB 10 dB 25 dB
XR5 18 dB 10 dB 28 dB
XR9 17 dB 10 dB 27 dB
Ubiquiti radio information taken from Ubiquiti Networks website, http://ubnt.com

11n Data Rates[edit]

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11n-2009#Data_rates

MCS index Spatial streams Modulation type Coding rate Data rate (Mbit/s)
20 MHz channel 40 MHz channel
800 ns GI 400 ns GI 800 ns GI 400 ns GI
0 1 BPSK 1/2 6.50 7.20 13.50 15.00
1 1 QPSK 1/2 13.00 14.40 27.00 30.00
2 1 QPSK 3/4 19.50 21.70 40.50 45.00
3 1 16-QAM 1/2 26.00 28.90 54.00 60.00
4 1 16-QAM 3/4 39.00 43.30 81.00 90.00
5 1 64-QAM 2/3 52.00 57.80 108.00 120.00
6 1 64-QAM 3/4 58.50 65.00 121.50 135.00
7 1 64-QAM 5/6 65.00 72.20 135.00 150.00
8 2 BPSK 1/2 13.00 14.40 27.00 30.00
9 2 QPSK 1/2 26.00 28.90 54.00 60.00
10 2 QPSK 3/4 39.00 43.30 81.00 90.00
11 2 16-QAM 1/2 52.00 57.80 108.00 120.00
12 2 16-QAM 3/4 78.00 86.70 162.00 180.00
13 2 64-QAM 2/3 104.00 115.60 216.00 240.00
14 2 64-QAM 3/4 117.00 130.00 243.00 270.00
15 2 64-QAM 5/6 130.00 144.40 270.00 300.00
16 3 BPSK 1/2 19.50 21.70 40.50 45.00
17 3 QPSK 1/2 39.00 43.30 81.00 90.00
18 3 QPSK 3/4 58.50 65.00 121.50 135.00
19 3 16-QAM 1/2 78.00 86.70 162.00 180.00
20 3 16-QAM 3/4 117.00 130.70 243.00 270.00
21 3 64-QAM 2/3 156.00 173.30 324.00 360.00
22 3 64-QAM 3/4 175.50 195.00 364.50 405.00
23 3 64-QAM 5/6 195.00 216.70 405.00 450.00
24 4 BPSK 1/2 26.00 28.80 54.00 60.00
25 4 QPSK 1/2 52.00 57.60 108.00 120.00
26 4 QPSK 3/4 78.00 86.80 162.00 180.00
27 4 16-QAM 1/2 104.00 115.60 216.00 240.00
28 4 16-QAM 3/4 156.00 173.20 324.00 360.00
29 4 64-QAM 2/3 208.00 231.20 432.00 480.00
30 4 64-QAM 3/4 234.00 260.00 486.00 540.00
31 4 64-QAM 5/6 260.00 288.80 540.00 600.00

Specifications of several wireless radio cards[edit]

Rate: Tx Rx Tx Rx Tx Rx Tx Rx Tx Rx Tx Rx Tx Rx Tx Rx Tx Rx Tx Rx Tx Rx
11abg Rate 20MHz + Turbo : 1 11 6 9 12 18 24 36 48 54 108
11n MCS:Rate 20/40MHz : 2x2:X+7, 3x3:X+14 0:7/15 1:14/30 2:22/45 3:29/60 4:43/90 5:58/120 7:72/150
WLM54G-23
~33€
802.11b: 23 -92 23 -87
802.11g: 23 -90 23 23 23 23 22 19 17 -70
WLM54G
~24€
802.11b: 20 -92 20 -87
802.11g: 20 -90 20 20 20 20 19 17 16 -70
CM9
~33€
802.11b: 18 -95 18 -90
802.11g: 18 -90 15 -74 x
802.11a: 17 -88 13 -71 x
WLM54 SAG 802.11b: 20 -92 20 -87
802.11g: 20 -90 20 20 20 20 18 17 15 -70 x
802.11a: 20 -90 20 20 20 20 17 16 13 -70 x
WLM54 SAG-23
~52€
802.11b: 23 -92 23 -87
802.11g: 23 -90 23 23 23 23 22 19 17 -70 x
802.11a: 23 -90 23 23 23 23 22 19 17 -70 x
WLM-200N5-23ESD
~48 €
802.11a: 23 -97 23 -97 23 -96 23 -94 23 -90 21 -87 20 -83 18 -80
802.11n5: 23/21 -97/92 22/21 -94/90 21/20 -92/-87 20 -87/-84 19 -84/-82 19/17 -80/-78 17/14 -77/-74
SR71-15
~90€
802.11a: 25 -97 25 -97 25 -97 25 -97 25 -97 24 -90 22 -86 21 -84 - -
802.11n5: 25 -97 25 -96 25 -93 24 -91 23 -87 22 -84 19 -76
Mikrotik R5H
~60€
802.11a: 25 -93 25 -93 25 -91 25 -89 25 -86 24 -82 22 -77 21 -75 x
Mikrotik R52Hn
~??€
802.11b: 24 -93 24 -93
802.11g: 25 -94 22 -81
802.11a: 25 21 -80
802.11n2: 25/24 -94(2) 21/20 -78(5)
802.11n5: 24/22 -97(2) 18/17 -77(4)
Mikrotik R52nH
~44€
802.11a: 23 -92 19 -76
802.11n5: 23/22 -92(-88) 16/16 -73(1)