Configuring a Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X for WiFi and cell internet on your boat

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of Panbo.com, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, completed the Great Loop in 2017.

14 Responses

  1. Looks like a neat solution, Ben – it’s a pity it needs 24V DC. I just acquired a Netgear N600 dualband router/AP because it runs on 12V – of course it doesn’t have the built-in POE 🙁

    • Ben SteinBen Stein says:

      Hartley, you make a great point. I was reminded of the utility of a buck-booster for problems like this. I just put an EdBlog on the subject: https://www.panbo.com/an-ode-to-buck-boost-dc-power-converters.

      Ben

      • Finally aboard! Not underway yet, but I have my system up & running for Internet. Bullet (2GHz) connected to the marina here in Deltaville, to the Netgear router, with my computer connected via Ethernet and everything else via 5 GHz from the Netgear router — all running on boat 12VDC. I put in one of those little POE connections (normally marketed to folks with Ethernet cameras, I think) to power the Bullet and it works fine on 12V, as Ben E said a year ago (it ought to – it takes whatever comes in and regulates it down to 5V). The only failure was the little POE tester I had acquired, which wouldn’t light it’s LEDs unless it saw 24V [THAT wasted an hour or so while I checked pinout standards and voltmeter probed the Ethernet cable output].

        Regarding the DC-DC converters, I am always leery of inexpensive switching power supplies, particularly step-up, because of their reputation for generating HF RFI. I have two HF-SSB radios aboard, so plenty of opportunity for trubbles. 🙂

        Happy (belated) Fathers Day!

  2. Gregory Yount says:

    “…it turned out to be easier than I remembered.”
    This was easier? Yikes!

    • Ben SteinBen Stein says:

      It was, I realize the step-by-step view can make it a little daunting. The good news is this is the most involved configuration of any of the options out there. From here it only gets easier. At the expense of configurability and acquisition expense but it definitely gets easier.

  3. Woody says:

    Thanks Ben, for an in-depth step-by-step walkthrough for those who may not be network engineers. I’ve been testing Ubiquiti products recently and (like many of the network equipment manufacturers) they make it as compelling as they possibly can to use their proprietary configurations and protocols, which of course are not compatible with other manufacturers’ proprietary protocols. Your guide is well received, well done!

  4. Joe says:

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  5. Roger Rupp says:

    Hi Ben, nice job on the write up.

    I know you have a Bullet write up coming. In the mean time, can you share with me the network mode you use on your Bullets (bridge or router), as well as how you access the Bullets when they are connected to WAN ports (IP addresses, etc.)

  6. Ben SteinBen Stein says:

    I use the bullet in bridge mode. When the bullets are connected they maintain an internal IP on their default network. One thing to keep in mind is several devices on the network are doing network address translation (NAT). You want to make sure that each NAT device has its own network space for it’s NAT pool. So, on the boat the internal network is 192.168.1.0/24 (192.168.1.1-192.168.1.254) while the WAN side bridges are configured on 192.168.30.0/24, 192.168.31.0/24 etc.

  7. Mark says:

    I’ve had good luck with the Ubiquiti Edge Lite 3 Router. Handles two WAN connections, has the set-up wizard, and operates on 12VDC. Four systems installed and no issues.
    Also, look at Tycon’s POE supplies, able to convert DC input voltage to a different POE output voltage. Another reliable product.

  8. Sam Moore says:

    Hi Ben,

    I’d love to see a diagram of your configuration, AP, and such. I’m particularly interested in the AP and the cellular connectivity.
    Do you have anything you could share?

    Thanks,
    Sam

  1. May 8, 2018

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