How to upgrade to Intuicom firmware Rev. 5.80, 2001 (for modems with serial number prefixes of 57x, 60x, or 9xx)
The most recent CommPro software includes all the utilities, including diagnostics, previously separated into different software programs.
CommPro 1.1.11 (to configure radios and run diagnostics)
Intuicom EB6+ Discovery Tool (to automatically find remote radios if you don’t know their IPs)
RF Diagnostics for Linux
EB-1 firmware 2.64
EB-1 firmware 2.54
Firmware 5.80, 2001
Intuicom Wireless Ethernet Bridge Addendum, Revision 2.03, 2003 (.pdf) (Addendum to the Intuicom Communicator II User Guide)
Sample access point configuration, no repeater
Sample enpoint configuration, no repeater
Sample access point configuration, with repeater
Sample endpoint configuration, with repeater
Sample repeater configuration
Avoid the use of omni antennas as much as possible. Wide beam yagis are preferred.
In a dense network, Subnet ID’s should be used to force endpoints to only communicate with repeaters on the same Subnet.
Endpoints/repeaters with different Subnet ID’s can still step on each other. It is therefore recommended that endpoints/repeaters in a dense network be programmed to operate on different Frequency Keys as well as different Subnet ID’s.
When programming a repeater to use different Frequency Keys, the repeater will still listen on the access point’s FK and will talk on the programmed FK.
In areas of high RF interference, enabling "high noise" mode can sometimes increase download speeds.
When remotely reconfiguring radios using CommPro, change only one parameter at a time, then reconnect and change the others. For example, change all subnet IDs in the network, then go back through and change all NetIDs, etc.
For sites with co-located endpoint and repeater radios, the power setting on the endpoint should be turned down and an external antenna should still be used (e.g. 3dB bull antenna). For sites using metal enclosures, the endpoint antenna should be mounted externally and be equipped with a ground plane.
When testing radios in the lab, turn their power settings all the way down and use a low gain external antenna, like a “rubber duck” antenna.
Recommended hardware accessories:
Cavity filter EBF-900
Rubber duck antenna
In point-to-point (PTP) mode, the access point’s settings for everything except power override the endpoint’s. To convince yourself, try changing e.g. the max packet size on just the access point.
What is the radio type and transmission frequency?
The radio is spread spectrum radio in the 902-928 MHz ISM band (less than 1 W effective radiated power (EFRP)). This is an unlicensed band. We divide this range into 112 channels and hop among them. It is not direct sequence. The radio is manufactured by Intuicom, the RF board is from Freewave.
Do we use a cyclic transmission schedule in the Plate Boundary Observatory?
For the most part yes - we download a 2 MB data file once a day. The time varies but is usually 0-2 hours past 00 UTC. It takes less than ten minutes. We also collect very small packets (<100 bytes) at various intervals throughout the day which take milliseconds for state of health information. Again the schedule varies, but is usually every 6-10 minutes.
Article ID: 114
Created: November 17, 2009
Last Updated: June 18, 2020
Author: Beth Bartel
Online URL: https://kb.unavco.org/article/intuicom-radio-modems-and-networking-114.html