SkyPilot Networks SkyGateway & SkyConnector Review

Author: Benjamin Luck – Synworks Development Group Synworks DG Website http://www.synworks.info/ Email: contact@synworks.info

Contents
1.0 Introduction 2.0 The Equipment 2.1 The SkyGateway Base Station ODU 2.2 The SkyConnector Subscribe ODU 3.0 SkyGateway Configuration 3.1 Getting Connected to the Unit 3.2 IP Access to the Unit 4.0 Sky Connector Configuration 5.0 Product Support 6.0 The Conclusion 7.0 Product Review Rating

1.0 Introduction Have been reviewing some Skypilot Networks PTMP access units and subscriber and have thought it be good to let you see how I went with the wireless access product The SkyGateway unit is the SkyPilot Networks PTMP wireless access and backhaul product, based on a modified 802.11a standard. The SkyGateway uses OFDM radios with TDD on a 20MHz channel. The SkyGateway ethernet throughputs of up to 20Mbps UDP and 12Mbps TCP can be achieved. The unit is available in 4.9 GHz and 5.8 GHz radio band configurations and has over the air AES encryption ability.

For more information, click here for the SkyGateway data sheet located at the SkyPilot Networks website. 2.0 The Equipment Now it is time to open up the box and have a look at the equipment within. Couple of cable boxes, a Sky Gateway ODU kit and power supply. Also I have a couple of Sky Connector ODU units with all the bits required. 2.1 The SkyGateway Base Station ODU The SkyGateway ODU comes with the Antenna Integrated, POE injector and power supply. The ODU is simple to powerup and connect to. All access to the communication ports of the unit are underneath and are covered with a protective plate.

The SkyGateway needs to be mounted on top of a pole and has limited mounting ablility for the sides of towers. This ODU seems to be built with the word wireless mesh in mind. The SkyGateway boot up can take a bit of time, with the GPS trying to find a Sync automatically. 2.2 The SkyConnector Subscribe ODU

The SkyConnector comes with mounting brackets, POE injector and power supply. On the back of the SkyConnector, there is the ethernet connector and status LEDs for signal, ethernet, and link information.

The unit comes with an integrated antenna, with a plastic front. The back is metal with a white paint finish.

The unit is simple to get up and running and was active within about 10 seconds of boot up. The back LEDs show the signal strength and are handy for the alignment of the unit once configured.

3.0 SkyGateway Configuration 3.1 Getting Connected to the Unit To connect to the SkyGateway, you first need to configure the unit by the console port. Connecting to the device using our laptop these serial port, I set our serial configuration to: 38400 bps, 8 data bits, no parity, one stop bit, and no flow control. Once connected, you will need to set the initial configuration. Just a note, if the unit is configured inside, the GPS can not sync and it can take up to 15mins for the console to appear. The default password is the word "public". SkyGateway console commands: Welcome to SkyPilot Networks, Inc. Copyright (C) 2004 SkyPilot Networks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Password: ****** Login successful >set prov manual Changed provisioning state to manual. -> Enter primary Frequency [5745]: 5700 > set prov domain -> Enter domain ID (1-10000) [1234]: 1000 Domain ID changed: 1000 > reboot

Rebooting ...

Rebooting the SkyGateway will apply the configuration to flash memory. 3.2 IP Access to the Unit To get the unit by IP address, I hooked it up to with our laptop with the IP address set to 192.168.0.10 and the netmask set to 255.255.255.0. Then I powered up the unit and after a few seconds, a link on the ethernet status appeared. To connect to the web interface or telnet interface, enter the IP address 192.168.0.20 into our web browser address bar or telnet client.

4.0 SkyConnector Configuration Configuration is by telnet to a the units default IP address of 192.168.0.20. Once connected, you will need to set the initial configuration. The default password is the word "public". SkyConnector console commands: Welcome to SkyPilot Networks, Inc. Copyright (C) 2004 SkyPilot Networks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Password: ****** Login successful > set prov manual Changed provisioning state to manual. > set prov freq 11 available frequencies are the following: 5500 5520 5540 5560 5580 5600 5620 5640 5660 5680 5700 -> Select a Frequency action: quit, primary, allow, deny, list, region, dwell time : p -> Enter primary frequency [5700]: 5700

-> Select a Frequency action: quit, primary, allow, deny, list, region, dwell time : q > set prov domain -> Enter domain ID (1-10000) [1234]: 1000 Domain ID changed: 1000 > reboot Rebooting...

Once the SkyConnector is rebooted, you should be able to connect into the SkyGateway console and see the connected subscriber unit. Also, some important link statistics are show in this command. The higher the RSSI the better the modulation is achieved. SkyGateway console commands: > show link MAC Address LType NType State LRSSI RRSSI LTxMod RTxMod LAnt RAnt ----------------- ----- ----- --------- ------ ------ ------ ------ ---- ---XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX data cpe-o act mgmt 31 31 48 36 0 0

5.0 Product Support SkyPilot Networks support and sales for the SkyGateway product is done by their various regional headquarters and product distribution partners. Their technical and sales staff are helpful and quick to resolve any issues and handle any requirement requests. SkyPilot Network also have a comprehensive service program that offers a selection of technical support plans to ensure optimum performance of your SkyPilot network. • Bronze Level - Software updates, Email, and Web login access • Silver Level - Bronze Level plus phone access during business hours • Gold Level - Silver Level with extended hours and 24x7 emergency phone support 6.0 The Conclusion The product is reliable, with tests our tests showing a good uptime on the radios and continues service. I have found the mounting a bit odd, but seems to do the job.The SkyGateway unit's case is plastic and I have found them resistant to hail, wind related damage and resistance to sea salt. The SkyGateway is a little involved in setting up, with only console and telnet access for the configuration. Also, the GPS timing issue on start-up of the unit can be a little annoying. The performance is fine and seems to be pretty constant. Latency is about 5 to 8 ms on average, giving a good service to real-time data like VOIP.

Skypilot Networks product support is good, with competent technicians and sales staff giving worth while service. They also offer contracted intensive support programs for your infrastructure. Pros: • GPS syncing. • Minimal equipment at the tower. (only one unit) • Power over ethernet Cons: • A bit involved to set-up. • No web interfaces. 7.0 Product Review Rating This is a rating from my in-house and field testing. With a rating out of 5 stars. Reliability: Ease of Setup: Performance:

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