Spin Top Alix Indoor Enclosure

Antennas and wi-fi radio cards are the top items most folks want to add to their Alix 2C/2D board and indoor case. Long ago, we recognized drilling holes in a pretty anodized case is no fun at all. We designed a line of indoor enclosures to fit the Alix 2C & 2D boards with d-shaped SMA sized antenna holes punched in the metal.  We call ’em “Wireless-Ready.” Don’t want to add antennas?  No Worries!  Just spin the lid around 180 degrees and cover the holes.


New WiFi standards

There is a good overview of what may be coming over the next few years for WiFi in a Network World article by John Cox posted yesterday.  The full article is here: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/051310-wireless-changes.html?hpg1=bn

Naturally we’d all like a Moore’s Law for WiFi, but it takes a while to gain consensus in the industry and even longer to achieve final publication of IEEE standards.  One of the most interesting ideas circulating is a proposal to jump WiFi to the 60 GHz band, which would make it possible to deliver upto 7 Gbps over a very short range vs. 802.11n which can reach 300Mbps.

The Wi-Fi Alliance is also circulating a specification called Wi-Fi Direct, which will allow bluetooth-like device to device connections.   This should give IT / Security departments more fits than a rogue AP in the building.

Check out John Cox’s article for a full rundown on all the new ideas and the 802.11 working group alphabet soup.

More great products on sale in April!

You’ve seen our great April Fool’s day sale… well, we’ve added even more products to the list, so don’t waste another minute!

Act now to get great deals on the following:

Metageek – WiSpy  USB spectrum analyzers

PC Engines  – ALIX.2D2 & 3D3 small board computers

Wistron – CM9  Atheros mini-Pci radio cards & radio card kits

Engenius – EUB-862 EXT2  USB 2.0 802.11 adapters with dual antennas

Wistron – DCMA82 Industrial Temp Version (EU certified only)

These prices are good until 4/30/10.

We’re having an April Fools Sale… No kidding!

This is no joke & it’s not even April 1st (yet), but we must be foolish to offer deals like this…

While supplies last, we’ve slashed prices on our Gateworks boards and systems!

Buy now to cut a whopping $100 off the price of the robust 533Mhz Intel XScale IXP powered Avila 2345 board, $96 off the fully assembled Avila 2345 system, and $76 off our fully loaded version of the Avila 2348-2 with the XScale 266Mhz processor, an upgraded 64Mbytes SDRAM and optional CF card slot installed. We also have some very nice little desktop enclosures for the 2345.

We’re not sure if we’re the true April Fools here but we’ll let you decide.

We have a limited quantity of these beauties and they are going to go… fast!

Don’t wait to place an order or you’ll be the one feeling truly foolish.

Netgate 1U rack system for Routerstation Pro boards

We’ve designed another new product!

Netgate has designed a 1U chassis system that fits up to two Router Station PRO boards side by side in a standard 19″rack.

Key Features:

Quick & Painless: A clever slot loading rail system allows board removal and installation through the front of the chassis without removing or opening the chassis.

Frontside Antenna Hookups: For single board systems, the optional antenna faceplate allows installation of 6 x N-Female and/or 6 x SMA (RP-SMA) bulkhead pigtails in the second board slot.

Laser Etched Port Labels: Anodized face plates are laser etched with standard port designations for durability and legibility.

more product details here:

RouterStationPRO lightshow

We are so excited about this we just had to post right away:

Frazier made a really great animated gif of the lightguide for the RouterStationPRO in his copious spare time (ha!), which you can view here:


This works for me in Firefox but not in Safari, so YMMV.

We also have pictures of the final, laser etched design that is currently shipping:

Rear View of the RouterStationPRO case

RouterStationPRO case rear view

Front view of the RouterStationPRO case

RouterStationPRO case front view

Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions…we’d love to hear from you.

RouterStation PRO case available 12/10/09

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to everyone!

Your industrious friends at Netgate have been working hard over the holiday weekend to bring you some excellent news to start your post-family-food-football-shopping-weekend.   We have a good ETA for you on the RouterStation PRO cases and kits.  (“Finally!” you say.  Yeah, we’re with you.)

December 10, 2009.

If you’ve already indicated interest by following our “I may want one!” link below, we’ll contact you with a few questions (just the case, a kit, a kit with card, pigtails and antennas) and payment options later this week when we recover from our food coma.  Don’t worry – you’re first in line.   In the mean time, if you want to look over the options we’ve collected all the relevant bits into a Ubiquiti Kits category here.

The RouterStation PRO enclosure WILL include a light guide, which raises the price to $40.

The RouterStation PRO KIT which includes the enclosure with light guide, RouterStation PRO board, and a power supply is $149.95 if purchased separately.  Our kit price is $147.95.

Various Ubiquiti cards, paired with the appropriate number of pigtails and antennas are also available on the same category page.

So go crazy!  Buy hundreds, nay, thousands!  That way we’ll be able to order 50,000 light guides from China and drop the price accordingly.  🙂

If you have a burning question, feel free to email us at sales@netgate.com

So what’s next?  How about a 1U rack mount enclosure for the RouterStation PRO?   Stay tuned…