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airMAX - airGateway: The Factory Default State

This article will focus on the initial, factory default condition of the Ubiquiti airGateway.

When docked to a Ubiquiti Power over Ethernet (PoE) injector as shown and powered-up, the airGateway will quickly activate as a bridged Access Point and DHCP server by default.

As a result, you may attach to it either by connecting your computer's Ethernet port to the airGateway's Ethernet port with an Ethernet cable -or- connect via WiFi by scanning for the default SSID of "" and attaching to its open AP.

The airGateway's self assigned IP address is while its factory default IP pool is a very generously populated range of

Lamp states are: "Steady White" = Booting; "Steady Blue" = active connection detected; "Alternating Blue/White" = Busy, do not unplug.


Resetting airGateway to Factory Default

The airGateway has a [Reset] button on the back panel as shown in the photograph on the right.

To use the [Reset] button to restore an airGateway to factory default, break a wooden toothpick in half and insert the clean, flat edge into the hole as shown.

With the airGateway powered "on", gently depress the [Reset] button with the toothpick until a slight "pop" is fealt.  Hold the button until the status lamp on the airGateway flashes, then release it.

When the lamp returns to "Steady", your airGateway has been returned to factory default state.


Accessing the airGateway's web-UI

After connecting to the airGateway via either Ethernet or WiFi,open a web browser and enter the default IP address( in the URL field.  Do not be alarmed if you are presented with a security certificate warning.  Treat the airGateway as "trusted".

After completing the initial setup screen (Username / Password = ubnt / ubnt), you get a "minimum configuration wizard" (below) that will prompt you to change the default administration account name, administration account password and secure the WiFi AP function.

NOTE: You may choose to [Cancel] the wizard to proceed manually.

NOTE: As of the time of this KB article, there is a "future feature" called "airMax Pairing" that is surfaced in the UI but is NON FUNCTIONAL.  It should be ignored.


Screen shot of |Main| tab (after running the Wizard)