Recover a Bricked EZ5 Unit

  • 1. Open unit so you can see LED's on the radio board.

    2. Power up the unit while pressing the black reset button. Hold the reset button until red LED comes on.

    3. Send the following command to the EZ Device (you can substitute the .bin file for the latest firmware file): tftp -i 192.168.1.20 put 5plus_140_08.31.bin

    4. Units second green led, the Ethernet led, will flash quickly and continuously while the firmware is being loaded. After the firmware is done loading, the red led's will do a dance for about 60 seconds while the firmware is being assembled on the board. Do not power down until the red led's complete their dance and go home.

    5. Wait 2 minutes and then try using the discovery tool to find the device. If the process doesn't work on first try, power down and try again. If it still doesn't work contact us for an RMA.

    Notes:

    1. Get the latest firmware files at EZ-Bridge.com Support Page

    2. Install TFTP client in Windows following these instructions: http://www.simplehelp.net/2008/09/10/how-to-install-a-tftp-client-in-windows-vista/

    3. Get the latest Discovery Tool at EZ-Bridge.com Support Page.

Adding replacement EZ-Bridge® LT5 Unit

  • If replacing Unit B 192.168.1.239

    1. Open Unit A 192.168.1.139 web server in your browser.

    2. Switch to Advanced WEB

    3. Select Access Control in the WIRELESS menu

    4. Open the Discovery Tool and write down Unit A and Unit B’s MAC Address

    5. Add unit B's MAC address in the box labeled FROM. Leave the TO box blank. When entering the MAC address do not enter the ":", just the numbers and letters.

    6. Click Apply Changes.

    7. Unit B should automatically sync to Unit A. If any problem, power cycle both units

Adding replacement EZ-Bridge® LT2 Unit

  • If replacing Unit A or B

    1. Open Unit A 192.168.1.139 web server in your browser.

    2. Open the Discovery Tool and write down Unit A and Unit B’s MAC Address

    3. Under WIRELESS menu enter Unit B's MAC Address into the BSSID field

    4. Click Apply Changes.

    5. Open Unit B 192.168.1.239 web server in your browser.

    6. Under WIRELESS menu enter Unit A's MAC Address into the BSSID field

    7. Click Apply Changes.

    8. Units should automatically sync after 2 minutes as long as no other changes were made to the factory default values for mode, channel or security. If any problem, power cycle both units.

    If Replacing Radio Board

    1. Replace radio board, plug in antenna cable, connect Ethernet cable

    2. Power up unit and wait 2 minutes to allow power up.

    3. Default IP address is 192.168.1.1 . Your computer IP address needs to be on same subnet (192.168.1.x) in order to communicate with the EZ-Bridge web based control panel.

    4. Reset EZ-Bridge IP address to a new IP address like 192.168.1.138 or something like that. Do this under ETHERNET | IP SETTINGS. You can also download the Discovery Tool from http://tyconsystems.com/index.php/support/ez-bridge-firmware This tool allows you to discover the units and also allows you to change the IP address.

    5. Note: Always click on APPLY CHANGES after changing any setting on each page.

    6. Note: After APPLYING changes, you may need to wait for 2 minutes for the units to reboot.

    7. Set Channel to match existing EZ-Bridge unit wireless channel under WIRELESS | BASIC SETTINGS

    8. Set Security on both EZ-Bridge units under WIRELESS | SECURITY SETTINGS

    9. Open the Discovery Tool and write down Unit A and Unit B’s MAC Address

    10. Under WIRELESS menu enter UNIT B's MAC Address into the BSSID field of UNIT A

    11. Under WIRELESS menu enter UNIT A's MAC Address into the BSSID field of UNIT B

    12. To secure the system, set user name and password under SYSTEM | PASSWORDS

Adding a Third EZ-Bridge® LT2 Unit

AP vs. WDS Methods

 

  • AP Method - Easiest

    Summary: It's possible to connect multiple units to a single unit configured as an access point. The AP Method is the most straightforward method to mesh multiple units. The limitation of client units talking to an AP is about 30 units.

    1. Change WIRELESS BASIC SETTINGS | Mode to AP on one of the EZ-Bridge® units.

    2. Change WIRELESS BASIC SETTINGS | Mode to CLIENT on the other EZ-Bridge® units.

    3. Perform a SITE SURVEY from the WIRELESS BASIC SETTINGS page on each CLIENT. Find the SSID of the AP and select then click CONNECT.

    4. You should be able to connect many EZ-Bridge® units set as CLIENT using this method.

    5. After all units are working as expected, go into each CLIENT unit and set security on the WIRELESS SECURITY SETTINGS page. After setting security on the CLIENT it will disconnect from the AP. Last step is to set security on the AP to match that set in the CLIENT units. After setting the security to match in the AP, the CLIENT units should reconnect automatically. You may have to reboot units to nudge them.

    6. Use the Discovery Tool from the AP side to verify all the clients are active and check that all units have unique IP addresses. You can set the IP Addresses from the Discovery Tool by highlighting the unit in the list and then clicking on IP Details. You must enter the units User Name and Password in order to change IP Details.

    WDS Method – More transparent Bridging

    Summary: It's possible to mesh 3 to 5 EZ-Bridge®® individual units together to create a 3-5 way bridge. The throughput is reduced every time another unit is added so we recommend no more than 5 units configured like this to avoid poor performance. If you need more units, we recommend setting 1 unit as an AP and the other units as client units as above.

    1. Change WIRELESS BASIC SETTINGS | Mode to WDS on the two original EZ-Bridge® units.

    2. The units should still be able to communicate with each other. Make sure you check connectivity using the e-zy.net Discovery Tool or pinging across the wireless link.

    3. Setup the next unit (the third unit in our case). Set it's mode to WDS. Set its channel to the same channel as the first two units. Make sure it has a unique IP address.

    4. Change the WDS SECURITY on all 3 units. You access WDS Security by changing to Advanced Web, then WIRELESS | WDS SETTINGS then SET SECURITY. WPA2 is the best security but you can set the security to anything you desire. You can also disable the security. To set security choose an encryption type, then create a key. This has to be exactly the same on all units.

    5. If the First unit is A and the second is B and the new third unit is C, and assuming that unit C is has the best line of site to unit A, we would add the MAC addresses of each unit in the peer unit's Current WDS AP List on the WDS Settings page as follows: Unit A MAC into unit B and unit C WDS AP List Unit B MAC into unit A WDS AP List Unit C MAC into unit A WDS AP List

    6. After entering the MACs into the WDS AP List table and if the units are on the same channel and have the same WDS security, they should all be bridged together. You can confirm by using the Discover Tool or pinging each IP address. You may need to power cycle the units after setup to clear any temporary settings. 7. The same concept will work for 3 to 5 units.

    Note: If during the setup process you get stuck, it's best to take the units back to factory defaults and start over. You can reset to factory defaults on the ADMIN page and then click on Reset To Defaults button. You can also  reset to factory defaults by powering up the unit, waiting at least 2 minutes, then pressing and holding the black reset button on the bottom of the unit for at least 15 seconds. Then wait for at least 2 minutes for reboot.

    Addendum: Setting one or more WDS bridged units to provide Access Point Services to client devices.

    1. If you want to setup one or more units as an AP (Access Point) so that devices like laptops or PDA or WiFi enabled phones can connect to the network, just change the unit to AP+WDS mode in the WIRELESS BASIC SETTINGS page. Please do this only after you have bridged the units successfully using WDS mode.

    2. After making this change the unit should still be bridged to the other units through WDS. Check this using the Discovery Tool or pinging to the unit.

    3. Set the AP side security by going to WIRELESS | SECURITY SETTINGS, choose an encryption and enter a key. Keep in mind that the security type you choose has to be compatible with the capabilities of the client devices that you want to use with the AP. Some client devices can only handle WEP encryption.

    4. Set Your customized SSID on the WIRELESS BASIC SETTINGS page. This is the SSID that is seen when you perform a site survey on a client. It should be unique to you.

    5. You should be able to connect to your new AP using your client device. You may need to power cycle the EZ-Bridge® unit to clear any temporary settings.

Some Notes on QoS Settings

  • In order for the bandwidth to be used by anyone when not used by Higher priorities you should check the "Bandwidth Borrowed" checkbox. Then there is the "Max Throughput" field which, as the name suggests, sets the maximum throughput that will be allowed to pass. We recommend leaving at default.

    There are 3 priorities, so you can separate your traffic into 3 categories. For these 3 priorities you can specify the percentage of the total throughput they will get. (Of course if "Bandwidth Borrowed" is checked the bandwidth can all be used by lower priority if not needed by a higher one) After you have specified the bandwidth percentage for each priority you will have to assign the traffic for each one. This can be done by several ways as you see in the settings. For example you can assign traffic to each priority by IP address (source and/or destination), MAC address, port, etc. For each rule you can make combinations and select the "Bandwidth Priority" to assign the traffic to. For VoIP traffic you need to be able to determine how to tell the system that the traffic is VoIP. This could be by assigning the MAC address for each VoIP device or IP address of each VoIP device.


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    You can set the destination IP address so all traffic to a VoIP interface device takes priority. You can you set the TOS bits, or is it some standard protocol used like SIP/RTP that you can specify what ports are used? For example if the traffic was coming from specific devices that you knew the IPs, you could create rules filling the "Source IP Address" field and setting "Bandwidth Priority" to High. Or as another example if you could set the TOS bits in your VoIP devices, to 0x10 (Minimize Delay) for example then you could create a rule selecting Minimize Delay in "IP TOS Match" and setting "Bandwidth Priority" to High. Typically you only need to setup QoS on one side of the bridge. Usually QoS would be setup on the side of the bridge that is generating the traffic that you want to prioritize, which would normally be the remote side.

Connecting Separate Networks Across an EZ-Bridge® Ultra

  • It is possible to have two separate networks connected through the EZ-Bridge® Ultra

    1. You can have an EZ-Bridge® Ultra connecting a network at the Local side with a network at the Remote side, using two routers, one router (Local) and one Router (Remote). The Routers can both be DHCP Servers.

    2. It is necessary to block the DHCP so the Local router and Remote router will not give IP addresses across the wireless bridge.

    3. DHCP uses UDP Port 67 and 68. On the two EZ-Bridge® Ultra, you will need to set up a firewall to drop packets on wireless LAN UDP Port 67 and UDP Port 68.

     

    1 st Go to Network Tab.

    2 nd Configuration Mode: Select “Advanced”

    3 rd Expand Firewall and select “Enable” and Select “Drop”, IP Type: UDP, Port: 67 & 68 twice. (See figure below)screenshot-ez-bridge.com_2015-08-31_10-13-13.png

    *** Note *** Blocking ports 67 and 68 will block the discovery tool, meaning it will not see the unit on the other side of the bridge. The discovery tool uses ports 67 and 68 for discovering the units. It will also block Windows network discovery of printers and folders across the bridge. You will only be able to see networked devices on the same network.

Adding a Second Router to your Network

  • 1. There are no changes to the EZ-Bridge for this setup. Make sure the EZ-Bridge is working correctly and you can connect the remote EZ-Bridge to a computer and get internet access. We recommend the following steps:

    a. Connect the EZ-Bridge at the local site. Run the Discovery Tool (available at http://ezbridge.com/support/support.htm). You should be able to see the local EZ-Bridge in the discovery tool.

    b. Connect the EZ-Bridge on the remote side and power it up. Run the Discovery Tool on a computer connected to the remote EZ-Bridge. You should be able to see both EZ-Bridge in the discovery tool.

    c. When you can see both EZ-Bridge from one side of the network, you know that the EZ-Bridge are connected with each other and the cabling is good leading to the EZ-Bridge.


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    working exactly like you want them to, you can replace the CAT5 Ethernet cable with the EZ-Bridge units and the routers should continue to work the same as when they were directly connected.

    3. Some technical notes:

    a. Some routers allow you to turn off NAT (Network Address Translation). If you are able to turn off NAT on the Remote Router, this should allow you to keep both the local and remote sides on the same network subnet. It should also allow devices on the remote side to get their DHCP addressing from the Local Router and the DHCP server should be turned off on the Remote Router. There should only be one DHCP server on each network subnet.

    b. If you can't turn off NAT, the Remote Router will need to be configured with its LAN ports and router IP address on a different subnet than the Local Router. For instance if the Local Router is 192.168.0.x then the Remote Router needs to be on 192.168.1.x.

    c. You may want to configure the Remote Routers WAN port manually if you can't get it to work automatically. Some Recommended Settings:

    i. WAN IP Address = an open IP address on the local routers subnet

    ii. WAN IP Subnet Mask = Automatically set

    iii. WAN Gateway Address = the local routers IP address

    iv. WAN DHCP Server Address = the local routers IP address

    d. Sometimes your computer can't get it's addressing from the Local Router over the EZ-Bridge. You can go into the Network Setup on your windows machine and open the properties of the TCP/IP connection and set an Alternate Configuration. What this will do is to set your computers IP address to the Alternate Configuration in case your computer can't get it's IP address from the router. Setting as follows:

    i. IP Address = Any open address on your Local Routers subnet (ie; 192.168.1.10 if your router is on the 192.168.1.x subnet)

    ii. Subnet Mask = Automatically set

    iii. Gateway = your local routers IP Address

    iv. DHCP Server = your local routers IP Address

    e. The two routers need to be setup on different wireless channels and those channels need to be different than the wireless channel being used by the two EZ-Bridge units.

    f. If the networks in your two buildings are on different subnets you won't be able to share files between the computers using Windows. Windows requires all computers in a workgroup to be on the same subnet. If you want to share resources other than internet across an EZ-Bridge link, you should purchase a Wireless Access Point for your remote building rather than a Wireless Router. You may also need a 10/100 Switch to be able to connect the EZ-Bridge, the Wireless Access Point and maybe a couple computers together.

    g. Sometimes you have two independent routers or DHCP servers in two buildings and you want to bridge the LANS. To block DHCP requests from travelling across the wireless bridge use the firewall settings in the bridge to block UDP port 67 and UDP Port 68. This will block DHCP requests across the bridge so each network will be independent but also linked by the wireless bridge. Please note that this will also block the discovery tool from reaching across the wireless bridge and it will block Windows discovery also. You won’t be able to browse the other network but you can still access it via direct addressing.

Set Up an Access Point Using Your EZ-Bridge®

  • Yes, you can set up one or both Antennas as a bridge plus access point so you can connect to your network with your iPad/Smart Phone/etc.

    (**Note** When making changes, always start with the remote unit first, then make changes to the local unit. Also when you click “Apply Changes” in the Web Interface, it takes 2 minutes for the unit to make those changes. So it is important to wait 2 minutes (Per each Unit), every time you apply any changes before trying to access the web interface again.) You will be at the Local unit making the changes via the web interface.

    1. Set up bridge, under Wireless, to Point to Point (Both Units, Ship from Factory this way) Make sure everything works.
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    2. Set both units to - Mode: WDS (Remote unit First, Then the Local unit). Verify everything is still working.

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    3. Set Remote to Mode: AP+WDS, do not change Local (If you only want the remote unit to be an access point). Make sure everything still works. If you want the Local to be the Access point, then Set Local to Mode: AP+WDS, or both if you want both to act as access points.

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    4. Under Security, set up wireless security on the Remote/Local unit, (Depending on which unit is set up as the Access Point). WPA2 (AES) is the best option. Enter a unique code that will need to be entered by your wireless device to gain access.
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Testing Communications Between Bridges

  • NOTE: When plugging in and unplugging Ethernet cables between the POE inserter and the Bridge, do so ONLY when POE inserter is unplugged. Plugging/unplugging while the POE inserter is powered can permanently damage the Ethernet Port/Radio Board on the bridge.

    1. Download the Discovery Tool for your particular EZ-Bridge at http://tyconsystems.com/index.php/support/ez-bridge-firmware 

    2. Run the Discovery Tool. If you see both units in the Discovery Tool window then the units are connected and communicating wirelessly with each other.

    3. If a link goes down the first thing to do is run the Discovery Tool from both sides of the network. If you can see the Local unit using the Discovery Tool from the Local side only, and the Remote unit from the Remote side then it means that the Ethernet communications to the units are good but the units are not communicating wirelessly with each other. Reset both units to factory defaults and power cycle them. (See below for reset procedure).

    4. If you can't see any units from one side or the other using the Discovery Tool, then it can mean the power supply is bad, the POE injector is bad, the CAT5 cable is bad or the unit is bad. Best way to trouble shoot is to swap the power supply and POE injector from one side to the other to see if the problem follows the POE Injector or power supply If you can't find any issue when swapping power supply and POE injector, reset both units to factory defaults. After reset, power cycle the units. (See below for reset procedure). If Discovery Tool doesn’t run or can never find any units, it could mean that there is a Firewall or Program (Antivirus) blocking the ports on your computer. Disable the Firewall and or Programs to see if that is the problem.

    5. RESET: If at any time the system stops working because of changes made to the settings, you can get back to the original settings by resetting to factory defaults. Go to ADMIN | Reset Settings to Defaults. You will need to reset both sides of the link in this way. Always reset the Remote unit first and the Local unit second. Any customized settings will be lost once this process is initiated.

    If you cannot access the web page on the units you can do a manual reset. Remove bottom cover of unit. Power up the unit, wait 2 minutes, press and hold the black reset button for 15secs, release and wait 2 minutes for reboot.

EZ-Bridge® Ultra5 Default Settings

  • To make a working EZ-Bridge®® Ultra5 transparent bridge pair:

 

 

1. SSID field on both units needs to match

2. Security on both units needs to match

3. Channel Width on both units needs to match

4. Network Mode should be Bridge

5. Unit A set to Access Point WDS mode

6. Unit B set to Station WDS mode

7. Unit A Access Point WDS Wireless: MAC ACL needs to be Disabled (unchecked) OR should contain the MAC Address of Unit B Station WDS

8. Unit B Station WDS Wireless: Lock to AP Mac needs to be blank (disabled) OR should contain the MAC Address of Unit A Access Point WDS

9. Both units should have same firmware version.

NOTES:

A. If not working or weird settings, power cycle both bridges. If still not right, reload the firmware even if you have the latest version.

B. Latest firmware can be found at http://tyconsystems.com/index.php/support/EZ-Bridge®-firmware

C. It doesn’t matter which unit is A or B, normally the Unit A is the unit closest to the Internet source but it really doesn’t matter for performance.

D. If you want to change wireless channels, you just change the wireless channel on unit A and unit B will follow automatically.

E. Unit A default IP is 192.168.1.139. Unit ships with DHCP client enabled so it will get its IP from your router. Use the Discovery tool to find.

F. Unit B default IP is 192.168.1.239. Unit ships with DHCP client enabled so it will get its IP from your router. Use the Discovery tool to find.

G. You can reset units to default through the web interface or by pressing and holding the black reset button in the back of the feed unit for at least 15 seconds with power on.

H. If you are working on bridges and discovery tool is not working or you can’t access the web page of the bridge, first thing to do it power down the bridges and then power down your router. Power up the bridges then power up your router. This will clear out any garbage in the router network tables and allow the router to rediscover the network.

Notes on Performance

1. If you are seeing performance issues and the units are relatively close (<600yds) look at the signal strength on Unit B Station WDS. If the signal strength is between -30 and -44, your signal level may be too high. Turn down the Wireless Output Power on both units till the signal strength is less than -45 (ie: -41 to -85). The sweet spot for best performance is -45 to -60.

2. Look at Transmit CCQ on both units. The transmit CCQ is normally >85%. If it is lower you may have an interference problem going on. Try changing Wireless Channels on Unit A Access Point WDS. EZ-Bridge® Tycon Systems 14641 S 800 W Suite A Bluffdale, UT 84065 USA PH: 801-432-0003 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. If still having performance issues, change wireless channel width from 40Mhz to 20Mhz on Unit A Access Point WDS. Making the channel narrower will reject more wireless interference and should improve overall performance. Remember that the channel width setting on both units must be the same for the units to communicate.

4. Tx and Rx rates are shown on the main page of Unit B Station WDS under the Transmit CCQ reading. These readings should be near 100Mbps or more. Don’t get confused with the moving graphs at the bottom of the page. These moving graphs are showing the actual rates being used by your network and not the maximum negotiated rates.

5. Look at the Noise Floor. This is usually less than -90dBm. If the noise floor is higher, like -70dBm, then there is a lot of 5GHz interference in your location. Try changing wireless channels or re-positioning the antennas to a different location.

6. Airmax quality and capacity should be in the green. If not, try changing wireless channels. The Airmax quality and capacity can also be affected by line of sight issues. The Airmax protocol is a Quality of Service protocol which gives priority to network traffic such as Voice over IP.


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Unit A Access Point WDS
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Unit B Station WDS

EZ-Bridge® LT2 Default Settings

  • To make a working EZ-Bridge® LT2 transparent bridge pair:

 

1. Wireless channel on both units needs to match

2. Security (Encryption) on both units needs to match

3. Both units set to Point to Point Mode

4. Operation Mode should be Bridge

5. Unit A BSSID field must contain the MAC Address of Unit B

6. Unit B BSSID field must contain the MAC Address of Unit A

7. Both units Band needs to match

Notes:

A. If not working or weird settings, power cycle both bridges. If still not right, reload the firmware even if you have the latest version.

B. Latest firmware can be found at http://tyconsystems.com/index.php/support/EZ-Bridge®-firmware

C. It doesn’t matter which unit is A or B, normally the Unit A is the unit closest to the Internet source but it really doesn’t matter for performance.

D. If you want to change wireless channels, you just change the wireless channel on unit A and unit B will follow automatically

E. Unit A default CONF IP is 192.168.1.139. Unit ships with DHCP client enabled so it will get its IP from your router. Use the Discovery tool to find.

F. Unit B default CONF IP is 192.168.1.239. Unit ships with DHCP client enabled so it will get its IP from your router. Use the Discovery tool to find.

G. You can reset units to default by using the Discovery Tool V 1.35 or later. Select the unit and then click on RST to DEF. You can also reset through the web interface or by pressing and holding the black reset button in the bottom of the unit for at least 15 seconds with power on

H.If you are working on bridges and discovery tool is not working or you can’t access the web page of the bridge, first thing to do it power down the bridges and then power down your router. Power up the bridges then power up your router. This will clear out any garbage in the router network tables and allow the router to re-discover the network.

Notes on Performance

1. If you are seeing performance issues and the units are relatively close (<600yds) look at the signal strength on Unit A or B. If the signal strength is between -30 and -39, your signal level may be too high. Turn down the Wireless Transmit Power on both units till the signal strength is less than -40 (ie: -40 to -85dBm). The sweet spot for best performance is -40 to -50.

2. Tx and Rx rates are shown on the status page. These readings should be near 54Mbps. As the distance between the units gets larger, the Tx and Rx rates will get lower. But for normal installations less than 1 mile you should see 30 to 54Mbps rates on the status page. If rates are lower, try changing wireless channels on both units. There may be a problem with interference. Also make sure you have good line of sight.


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Unit A Point to Point
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Unit B Point to Point

We are comparing two of your models. The EZBR-0214+ and the EZ-Bridge® Ultra5 5GHz for connectivity between 2 office 25 yards apart. Can you provide the benefits of going with the 5GHz model?

  • 2.4 GHz

    Pros – more forgiving with line of sight, slightly larger beam width (compared to 5GHz). You can get away with a few trees in the way. But clear line of sight is still best.

    Cons - more susceptible to interference from other wireless devices (Cordless phones/baby monitors/etc.)

    5GHz

    Pros - less susceptible to interference from other wireless devices (Cordless phones/baby monitors/etc.)

    Cons – Absolutely requires clear line of sight (no objects in the way)

How do the frequencies differ when it comes to line of sight? Is one better than the other in passing through obstacles?

  • 5 GHz Bridges absolutely need to have a clear line of site. With 2.4 GHz Bridges a clear line of site is still the absolute best, but it is a little more forgiving with line of site issues.  You may be able to get away with a few trees in the way, or a few power lines. 2.4 GHz may have more issues with outside interference from other devices that operate on the 2.4 GHz Frequency (Cordless Phone, Wireless Routers, Baby Monitors, etc.). 5 GHz operates on an unlicensed frequency spectrum and will be less likely to have problems with interference with other devices. Both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz operate in the unlicensed frequency spectrum. 2.4GHz has more interference because there are a lot more devices out there that run on 2.4GHz, this makes the air waves more congested.

What is the basic difference between the 2.4GHz and 5GHz model?

  • The 2.4GHz is more forgiving of line of site issues and is not affected by rain or snow. The 5GHz has higher speed and isn't affected by interference from 2.4GHz wireless access points. It requires very good line of site and long distance links (>3 miles) can be degraded by rain and snow.

How critical is line of site when using a wireless bridge?

  • With Wireless Bridges, Clear line of site is always recommended. Any other obstructions, Trees, Poles, Fences, and Buildings can block or reduce the power of a wireless signal. 5GHz is more sensitive to line of site problems. With the 2.4 GHz Frequency, you can sometimes get away with a few trees or poles in the way.

What is the optimum dBm for best performance?

  • On the status page there is a signal strength meter which displays signal strength in dBm. The optimum is between -40 and -60 dBm. If between -30 and -40 you should turn the power down a little in WIRELESS ADVANCED SETTINGS.

Can I add a 3rd or 4th unit to the bridge to connect 3 or 4 buildings together?

  • 5 GHz Bridges absolutely need to have a clear line of site.  With 2.4 GHz Bridges a clear line of site is still the absolute best, but it is a little more forgiving with line of site issues.  You may be able to get away with a few trees in the way, or a few power lines.

    2.4 GHz may have more issues with outside interference from other devices that operate on the 2.4 GHz Frequency (Cordless Phone, Wireless Routers, Baby Monitors, etc.).

     5 GHz operates on an unlicensed frequency spectrum and will be less likely to have problems with interference with other devices.

    Both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz operate in the unlicensed frequency spectrum.

    2.4GHz has more interference because there are a lot more devices out there that run on 2.4GHz, this makes the air waves more congested.

Can I have a router on both sides of the link?

  • Yes, on the internet side of the link, the EZ-Bridge would be connected to one of the LAN ports on the main router. On the remote side of the link the EZ-Bridge would connect to the WAN or INTERNET port on the router. The remote side router needs to be configured to get its addressing information from the main router. 

I can't open the unit's web page with my browser. What's up?

  • To open the EZ-Bridge web page with your browser you need to type in the IP address of the EZ-Bridge into the address bar of a web browser (like Firefox, Chrome, etc.). Your computer must be on the same subnet as the EZ-Bridge. If the EZ-Bridge IP address is 192.168.1.139, your computers IP address must be on the same 192.168.1.xxx subnet.. You can reset your computer's IP address through your windows network control panel or you can change the EZ-Bridge IP address using our DISCOVERY tool. When making changes using the Discovery Tool you must enter the units user name and password. Note: No duplicate IP addresses can exist on a network.

What do I need to supply when installing the system?

  • You will need CAT5 or CAT6 cable to go between the Power Supply/PoE Inserter and the EZ-Bridge Antenna. If you purchase the HD system, these cables will be provided for you. We recommend shielded outdoor rated cable for any long runs outdoors. Cable length can be up to 300 feet. You will also need a 1-2" diameter pole or a wall to mount the units. If wall mounting, you'll need to supply 4 screws.

Can the EZ-Bridge® be mounted indoors?

  • At short distances, the EZ-Bridge® can be installed in an attic or room. The signal easily penetrates normal wood framed structures or windows. Metal walled or concrete structures create a signal barrier and will require outside or window mounting. 

What makes the HD model different?

  • The HD model comes with Power over Ethernet inserter/power supplies with built in Ethernet and PoE surge protection. They also come with two 75' Shielded and outdoor rated CAT5 cable assemblies. These protections help to ensure long life in harsh environments.

What kind of performance can I expect?

  • It depends on what model you purchase.
    EZ-Bridge LT2  Up to 15Mbps
    EZ-Bridge LT2+ Up to 100Mbps
    EZ-Bridge LT5  Up to 25Mbps
    EZ-Bridge LT5+ Up to 100Mbps
    EZ-Bridge Ultra Up to 100Mbps

Ken:

...I now have the EZ-Bridge® working for several weeks, flawlessly! With the help of Customer Support, we determined that a higher voltage PoE Power Supply was needed to drive voltage to the EZ-Bridge® because it was some 250 feet away. After installing the new power supply, the units synchronized and I haven’t had any problems since. The equipment is first class and the Technical Support is even above that. How many times have you been called on the phone by a tech asking if there is anything else they can do or checking up to determine whether the equipment is working as designed. This is well above and beyond the tech support I have ever experienced. At first I was hesitant to try and extend internet service to another building on our property, thinking that is was too complicated or too expensive. Having the right equipment along with expert technical support made all the difference. Bottom line, if you think this is the right solution to your problem, give it a try and I know you will be pleased by the results…

Martin:

...I installed the EZ-Bridge®-LT in a little more than one hour. It was truly "Plug-and Play". It worked right out of the box, with no configuring or anything.
In my application, the two transmitters are 460 feet apart, with 300 feet of dense woods between them. And the bridge is working without any apparent problems and no noticeable slowdown in internet downloads.
I would definitely recommend it to others who have long-distance networking 
issues.

Alan:

...I have to say that the EZ-Bridge® was one of the few products I have ever used that worked exactly as advertised, right out of the box!

Jack Duncan:

...just wanted to let you know the bridge is in place and working great. We had rented a warehouse 100 yards behind us and were considering having to bury a fiber under pavement to connect the two. Your product has saved us a lot of time and a lot of money.

Carlos Figueroa:

Staff, Your product is smoking !!!!! It's very easy to setup, I'm getting download speeds of 18.5 Mbps at 2 miles away. Was getting under 1 Mbps before.

Dan Krisher:

Thanks for a product that works as easy and well as advertised. My grandson and I hooked up your EZ-Bridge® LT2. It worked just fine and using a fairly cheap Encore router on the other end has wifi with no gliches during setup. I work on computers as a retirement hobby around my community for friends and a few businesses and will recommend your product for applications of this sort. I am sending my Internet to an outbuilding about 700 feet away and it works very well. Thanks again from a satisfied customer..
Your pre setup directions were helpful and insightful.

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Typical Uses for EZ-Bridge®

1. Connect your home to your office network. Transfer files, operate remote applications, use printing and online fax resources, synchronize files, backup files: Work efficiently from home.

2. If your business is located in multiple buildings, connect all your buildings together in order to share internet access, do remote printing of forms, access your MRP system from the remote building, provide email and other network services to your remote building.

3. Extend your home network and internet access to a shop, barn, studio located on your property. Share the network resources.

4. Link a video surveillance camera or group of cameras back to a central monitoring station.

5. Connect to a remote sensor station for remote data acquisition and control. We have setup low data rate links up to 10 miles using the EZ-Bridge®.

6. Broadcast a video conference, seminar or presentation to an overflow capacity facility.

7. Share your internet access with a friend or family member up to 4 miles away.

8. View the content of your video server from a remote

9. Link Xbox or Playstation consoles for playing multi player games with a friend across town.

 

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HVAC Monitor and Control Application
Customer manages multiple commercial buildings in Florida outside Miami. He wanted to be able to monitor and control his Trane HVAC systems from a central offsite location because most service calls can be eliminated by having remote control ...[Read More]

Salt Lake City Commercial Application
Customer has two buildings separated by a city maintained road. His network strategy was to have a T1 line in Building A and another T1 line in Building B. The networks were connected between the buildings via VPN routers which connected the networks over the internet. Customer wanted a more reliable connection between the buildings because his connection would go down periodically due to problems experienced with the internet. Customer was paying $150 per month for his internet access in Building A and another $150 per month for his internet access in Building B. [Read More]

IOWA Farm Application
Customer had his main computer and internet access at his house (H1). He wanted to be able to expand his network to some of his external buildings so that he could monitor those buildings from his house and be able to access the internet when he was working in those buildings. He also wanted to be able to share internet with his son who lived in house (H2). Customer had a security camera in building A and some temperature and humidity sensors in building D which he wanted to be able to monitor from his house. [Read More]

Conference Center Application
Customer holds regular conferences at a nearby conference center hotel. During the conference the attendees need to access web pages on the company's intranet. The customer found that when 30 people are trying to access the company's intranet thru the hotel internet connection it would bog down and become unreliable. Because the link is temporary in nature the customer didn't want to invest in any permanent infrastructure at the hotel to solve the problem. [Read More]