airMAX - Configure a Long-range WiFi Client

Note: This guide is for airMAX radios, the steps to configure non-airMAX radios (Legacy) are different and not included in this article. 

  1. These instructions assume that your radio is set to FACTORY DEFAULT values.  Please restore to factory defaults before proceeding.  This is critical, especially if you are troubleshooting a problem.
  2. With your Windows 7 PC or Mac computer configured to the 192.168.1.x subnet, connect it to the radio using an Ethernet cable.  The Ethernet port is auto-sensing.  You are not required to use a cross-over cable.
  3. Using a web browser, enter as the "URL" to gain access to the radio's management console.
  4. Enter "ubnt" as the administration account and "ubnt" as the password.

Configuration Instructions (change ONLY the items shown, leaving others at default values):

A. Choose the |Network| tab

  • Network Mode: Router
  • WAN Network Settings > NAT: [X] Enable
  • LAN Network Settings > DHCP Server> (*) Enabled
  • Press [Change] button

DONE with initial configuration


B. In order to use this radio as your new Wi-Fi adapter, you must:

  • Disable your devices internal Wi-Fi radio
  • Set your computer to "Obtain IP Address Automatically"
  • Plug the Ubiquiti radio into your device's Ethernet port
  • Power-up your Ubiquiti radio, using Ubituiti ToughCable (shielded Ethernet cable) and the included Power over Ethernet (PoE) adapter. Note: Shielded Ethernet cable reduces the possibility of static electrical damage to the radio.  It is particularly important when mounting in RV's and boats.

C. Attach (as a client) to an Access Point

  • Log in to the radio's management console at
  • Select the |Wireless| tab
  • SSID: [Select...] and choose the AP that you wish to attach to

NOTE: Think of "Signal" as a temperature.  The "more negative" the "colder" or "weaker" the signal.  Choose the most appropriate AP, with the strongest signal level as shown in this column of the "Site Survey" widow.  Additionally, a signal that is "warmer" than -45 is "too hot" and may cause poor performance.


NOTE2: Please note that support for WPA-TKIP/WPA2-TKIP and WEP was removed in 5.6.1.  In order to connect to APs running older/insecure encryption, please downgrade to 5.5.11 (XM/Ti) or 5.5.10u2 (XW).

  • If it is protected with a Preshared Key, you will be prompted to enter it (and do so)
  • Press [Change]
  • Press [Apply]

Within approximately 10 seconds, you will have a connection to your selected Access Point

  • Close your browser (it is probable that its IP address has changed and you can no longer "Logout").

You are DONE.