Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network Supported Hardware.

The supported platform matrix identifies the make and models of hardware which may be used with AREDN firmware in the various frequency bands. The equipment marked with a green background is fully supported and tested. Models with a red background are NOT supported nor are they compatible with AREDN firmware. The orange background indicates equipment that is likely to work well, but has not yet been thoroughly tested. Equipment with a yellow background is in the research stage and may or may not achieve fully-supported status depending on test results.

By clicking on the links below you be taken directly to the AREDN / Bloodhound websites So you can check out your hardware before trying to flash your node with the AREDN firmware to.

AREDN - Before flashing a Ubiquiti device that is running or has been running AirOS version 5.6

AREDN -Supported Platform Matrix for hardware.

AREDN - Uploading firmware to a Ubiquiti device

AREDN - Flashing the AREDN firmware to your node.

AREDN - Setting up your node step by step:


[ How To Get On The Mesh System ]

The document below “How To Get On The Mesh” will give you the basics needed to get you started and what hardware you need to be looking for…

How To Get On The Mesh System


[ Additional Notes and Information ]

  1. Regarding XW hardware revisions:
    1. AirOS versions before 5.5.8 are likely an XM hardware revision (older design).
    2. AirOS versions >= 5.5.8 is *MOST LIKELY* an XW hardware revision (new design).
    3. (exception) AirOS versions = 5.5.10 could be either XM or XW hardware.
    4. The only definitive technique to determine this is to login to the device.
  2. Regarding YELLOW devices:
    1. Any device/model indicated in YELLOW, is being researched by the AREDN development team. This research does not guarantee, nor, directly imply, that these devices will be included in a future release of AREDN. These devices may transition to a RED (no support) state at any time, if defects/issues are found.
    2. Pertinent information about these will be noted in bloodhound.aredn.org
    3. PowerBeam devices physically have model #s of "NBE-xx-yyy" printed on them, however, they are marketed as "PBE-xx-yyy".

By clicking on the link below you be taken directly to the AREDN Software Pages.

AREDN - Software Page.

AREDN - Software Page for 3.17.1.0RC1.


[ Superstition Mesh - SSID & Node Name Info. ]

We have put together an easy to follow standard and is very simple to change your node to what we are running..

The SSID for all nodes is: AREDN
On 2.4 GHz we are using Channel -2 (2397) @ 5 MHz wide.
On 5.8 GHz we are using Channel 149 (5745) @ 10 MHz wide.

Below is the Node Name list with examples:

  1. Call Sign
  2. Type of equipment
  3. M3 or M5 if not operating on 2.4 GHz
  4. Direction antenna is pointed.
Omni antennas are O and no direction is specified.

Some examples:

W7XYZ-AG-WNW (Airgrid on 2.4 GHz pointed west north west.)
W7XYZ-B-O (Bullet on 2.4 GHz with an omni antenna)
W7XYZ-B-SECT-E (Bullet on 2.4 GHz with a sector antenna pointed east.)
W7XYZ-AGM5-ESE (Airgrid on 5.4 GHz pointed east south east.)
W7XYZ-LOCO-W (Nano Station Loco on 2.4 GHz pointed west.)

[ What Is LQ, NLQ and EXT Information. ]

This is a great article written by Don Hill KE6BXT with the Orange County Mesh Organization and used by permission.

What Is LQ, NLQ and EXT Information


[ PDF showing MikroTik-AREDN Switch interconnects ]

This PDF file is from WX4LTG showing the MikroTik-AREDN Switch Interconnects.

MikroTic-AREDN Switch Interconnects

Putting this here for historical purposes:

;;; AREDN - drop all node-sourced traffic to internal LAN chain=forward action=drop connection-state=new src-address=$AREDN_LAN_SUBNET in-interface=$AREDN_SWITCH_PORT out-interface=!$WAN_INTERFACE in-interface-list=all log=yes log-prefix="AREDN"


[ Superstition ARC Mesh Network - Mail List ]

Are you interested in learning more about the Superstition ARC Mesh Network and what we are doing then send an email and get added to the Mesh mail list.

"Signup for The Superstition ARC Mesh Network Mail List"