Manual:Interface/W60G

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Applies to RouterOS: v6.41

Summary

Package: system,wireless

802.11ad implementation capable of providing Gigabit Ethernet speeds over wireless network.

Extend your Gigabit network over a transparent AES encrypted wireless 60GHz link without usual wired or wireless network problems.

General interface properties

Sub-menu: /interface w60g

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Warning: Wireless Wire kit devices comes in pre-configured, connected pairs. Manual configuration is optional


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Warning: In RouterOS versions older than 6.41 operating modes are called Master and Slave


Property Description
arp (disabled | enabled | proxy-arp | reply-only; Default: enabled) Read more >>
arp-timeout (auto | integer; Default: auto) ARP timeout is time how long ARP record is kept in ARP table after no packets are received from IP. Value auto equals to the value of arp-timeout in /ip settings, default is 30s
comment (string; Default: ) Short description of the interface
disabled (yes | no; Default: yes) Whether interface is disabled
frequency (58320 | 60480 | 62640 | auto; Default: auto) Frequency used in communication (Only active on master device)
l2mtu (integer [0..65536]; Default: 1600) Layer2 Maximum transmission unit
mac-address (MAC; Default: ) MAC address of the radio interface
mode (ap-bridge | bridge | sniff | station-bridge; Default: ap-bridge) Operation mode
mtu (integer [0..65536]; Default: 1500) Layer3 Maximum transmission unit
name (string; Default: wlan60-1) Name of the interface
password (string; Default: randomly generated) Password used for AES encryption
isolate-stations (yes | no; Default: yes) Don't allow communication between connected clients (from RouterOS 6.41)
put-stations-in-bridge (; Default: ) Put newly created slave interfaces in this bridge (from RouterOS 6.41)
ssid (string (0..32 chars); Default: value of System Identity) SSID (service set identifier) is a name that identifies wireless network

Station interface properties

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Warning: Master device requires License level 4 (click for more information) to support more than one connected client


From RouterOS 6.41 - Point To Multi Point support is added.

There are several important changes and improvements in later versions. Please upgrade to latest version!

Connected clients are treated as individual interfaces, after successful connection new station interface is created.

After update default configuration still works - newly created station interface is moved to default bridge.

Sub-menu: /interface w60g station

Property Description
parent (string; Default: wlan60-*) Parent interface name
put-in-bridge (none | parent | bridge-name; Default: parent) Add slave interface to specific bridge
remote-address (MAC; Default: matches master interface MAC) MAC address of master interface, station is connecting to

Scan

/interface w60g scan wlan60-1

Scan command searches for and displays available AP(s) in the frequency range supported by the W60G interface.

Using scan command the interface operation is disabled (wireless link is disconnected during the scan operation)

Currently it is impossible to do background scans.

Monitor

/interface w60g monitor wlan60-1

Monitor provides connection status, currently used frequency, remote device MAC address, MCS and signal quality percentage. It's preferable to run monitor for easy device set up and alignment.


Point to Multi Point setup example

There are three different versions of wAP60G devices currently available:

  • Wireless Wire kit
  • wAP 60G
  • wAP 60G AP

Hardware wise devices are identical, but there are some software limitations -

wAP 60G AP is designed for Access Point usage in PtMP (Point to Multi Point) setups, but can be also used as PtP (Point to Point) or as Station device. It's already equipped with level4 license for more than one connected client support More about Licenses

Wireless Wire kit and wAP60G devices comes with level3 license.

License upgrade is needed to unlock more than one simultaneously connected client in Access Point mode, but devices can connect to Access Points as regular Station devices.

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Warning: Before configuration, make sure devices are running latest software versions: How to upgrade


Minimal configuration for transparent wireless link is matching SSID, and bridge containing Wireless and Ethernet interfaces.

In current example we will look at usage case where wAP60G AP is used as Access Point, wAP60G and Wireless Wire kit devices are used as Station devices, forming 4 unit network.

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Warning: It's recommended to change default IP addresses to avoid connection issues to the devices


wAP60G AP units come pre-configured with WISP Bridge default configuration

SSID and bridge between Wireless and Ethernet interfaces is already configured. It's recommended to set up Wireless password and change SSID. If device has been reset, you can also set correct mode and enable interface.

One liner that does all previously mentioned steps:

/interface w60g set wlan60-1 password="put_your_safe_password_here" ssid="put_your_new_ssid_here" disabled=no mode=ap-bridge

Wireless Wire and wAP60G units come pre-configured with PTP Bridge default configuration.

Wireless Wire devices have already randomly generated matching SSID and Wireless password.

Bridge device (Master or Access point device with one connected client support) needs Wireless mode change to station-bridge.

One liner that can be used to set devices in client mode:

/interface w60g set wlan60-1 password="put_your_safe_password_here" ssid="put_your_new_ssid_here" disabled=no mode=station-bridge

If configuration is done from empty configuration (reset without default configuration) -

new bridge needs to be created containing Wireless and Ethernet interfaces and IP address for easy access should be added.

{
/interface bridge 
add name=bridge1
/interface bridge port
add bridge=bridge1 interface=ether1
add bridge=bridge1 interface=wlan60-1
/ip address 
add address=192.168.88.1/24 interface=bridge1
}

For Access Point add this line to ensure all connected stations will be put in same bridge.

/interface w60g set wlan60-1 put-stations-in-bridge=bridge1

After successful connection for each Client device new entry will appear on Access Point device under:

/interface w60g station print

Flags: X - disabled, R - running 
 0   name="wlan60-station-1" parent=wlan60-1 remote-address=AA:AA:AA:AA:AA:AA mtu=1500 mac-address=AA:AA:AA:AA:AA:AB arp=enabled arp-timeout=auto put-in-bridge=parent
 0   name="wlan60-station-2" parent=wlan60-1 remote-address=AA:AA:AA:AA:AB:AA mtu=1500 mac-address=AA:AA:AA:AA:AA:AC arp=enabled arp-timeout=auto put-in-bridge=parent
 0   name="wlan60-station-3" parent=wlan60-1 remote-address=AA:AA:AA:AA:AC:AA mtu=1500 mac-address=AA:AA:AA:AA:AA:AD arp=enabled arp-timeout=auto put-in-bridge=parent
 0   name="wlan60-station-4" parent=wlan60-1 remote-address=AA:AA:AA:AA:AD:AA mtu=1500 mac-address=AA:AA:AA:AA:AA:AE arp=enabled arp-timeout=auto put-in-bridge=parent

For each client separate settings can be applied (queues, VLANS, Firewall rules, etc) providing more flexibility in configuration.

To limit client-client communication in same bridge isolate-stations option can be used on Access Point device:

/interface w60g set wlan60-1 isolate-stations=yes

Troubleshooting and Recommendations

Physical Properties

Atmospheric attenuation for the wireless frequencies used in 802.11ad standard is very high, this should be taken in account before deploying links.

The Wireless Wire kit have been tested in distances up to 200 meters. For stability and full speed availability this kit is recommended for distances up to 100 meters. At 100 meter distance - full wire speed should be achieved.

Devices are equipped with phase array 60° beamforming antennas, that can help signal find the way around objects in short distances but it's still vital to keep the line of sight clear on higher distances. Beam width and direction depends on used predefined calibrated sector.

SNMP OIDs for monitoring

From RouterOS>=6.42rc6 SNMP support for W60G interface monitoring is added

For main interfaces:
1.3.6.1.4.1.14988.1.1.1.8.1.6.1  integer  Frequency
1.3.6.1.4.1.14988.1.1.1.8.1.7.1  integer  MCS
1.3.6.1.4.1.14988.1.1.1.8.1.8.1  integer  Signal quality
1.3.6.1.4.1.14988.1.1.1.8.1.9.1  integer  tx-sector
1.3.6.1.4.1.14988.1.1.1.8.1.10.1 integer  rx-sector

station interfaces will be numbered forward starting from this point
1.1.1.8(+1).1.6.1  integer  Frequency
...
etc

Configuration Reset For Wireless Wire

Reset button has same functionality as on other devices, explained in detail here

5 second button hold on startup (USR LED light starts flashing) - resets to password protected state.

10 second button hold on startup (USR LED turns solid after flashing) - completely removes configuration.

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Warning: After complete removal of configuration, only mac-telnet connection may be established



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