So one of the most common questions is what equipment do I need?

Well there are over 70 supported devices now for the AREDN firmware.  

Scroll down for the latest AREDN matrix page.

In order to try and provide a common set of parameters on which I plan to try and grow the base network. Here are the requirements for joining the current batch of nodes. 

  • 5Ghz Band
  • Channel 136
  • 10Mhz Bandwidth


I use the UBIQUITI equipment, but any of the manufactures will work as long as it’s in the 5Ghz Band and the channel and bandwidth are set to the same.  Of course, if you want to use other bands, these can be used to create your own island of nodes, and then they can be linked into the bigger network either with a 5Ghz Node or via a tunnel over the internet. (However, if the internet went down you would be disconnected from the rest of the network)


Can be purchased second hand quite cheaply on eBay and other online sources. Some very long-distance beams/dishes could provide 20+ mile range

TP Link

Sourced online, these can provide an alternative to UBIQUITI Devices. Mostly local node antennas up to 3 miles.


Local neighbourhood nodes. Small distance or ad-hoc field day nodes, indoor units but with some great router features.


Supported Platform Matrix

The supported platform matrix identifies the make and models of hardware which may be used with AREDN firmware in the various frequency bands. The equipment marked with a green background is fully supported and tested. Models with a red background are NOT supported nor are they compatible with AREDN firmware. The orange background indicates equipment that is likely to work well, but has not yet been thoroughly tested. Equipment with a yellow background is in the research stage and may or may not achieve fully-supported status depending on test results.

In the table below, if the model is a link (BOLD TEXT), we've linked those to Amazon for your convenience.  As an Amazon Associate AREDN, Inc. earns from qualifying purchases.

Current As of AREDN™ (updated on 12/02/2019)
900Mhz 2.4Ghz 3Ghz (5) 5.8Ghz
Mikrotik (
LHG (Lite Head Grid)   RBLHG-2nD**   RBLHG-5nD
LHG HP       RBLHG-5HPnD**
Basebox   RB912UAG-2HPnD   RB912UAG-5HPnD
hAP AC Lite (dual band)   RB952Ui-5ac2nD   RB952Ui-5ac2nD
(AP only, no mesh)
LDF (Lite Dish Feed)   RBLDF-2nD**   RBLDF-5nD
QRT       RB911G-5HPnD-QRT
SXT       SXTsq-5nD
Ubiquiti Networks (
AirGrid (XM revision/old)   M2   M5
AirGrid (XW)       AG-HP-5Gxx
AirRouter   M2    
AirRouter HP   M2    
Bullet   M2   M5
Bullet Titanium   M2   M5
Bullet (XW)   M2    
LiteBeam       M5
NanoBeam (XW)   NBE-M2-13   NBE-M5-16/19
NanoBridge M9 2G18 M3 5G22/5G25
NanoStation Loco (XM) M9 M2   M5
NanoStation Loco (XW)   M2   M5
NanoStation (XM)   M2 M3 M5
NanoStation (XW)   M2   M5 
PicoStation   M2    
PowerBeam (3)   PBE-M2-400   PBE-M5-300/400/400ISO
PowerBeam       PBE-M5-620
PowerBridge       M5
Rocket (XM) M900 M2 M3 M5
Rocket (XW)   M2   M5
Rocket Titanium (TI)   M2**   M5**
Rocket Titanium (XW) (4)       M5
TP-Link (
CPE (v1.0)   CPE210   CPE510/CPE520
CPE (v1.1)   CPE210   CPE510
CPE (v2.0)   CPE210   CPE510
CPE210 (v3.0)   CPE210    
CPE220 (v2.0 and v3.0)   CPE220    
CPE610       CPE610
WBS210 (v1.0)   WBS210    
AR150   AR150**    
AR300M16   AR300M160**    
AR750 (Creta)   AR750**   AR750**
USB150   USB150**    
GREEN = "GO"  AREDN Stable
GREEN = "MAYBE"  AREDN Stable, but, NOT recommended for new deployments.  (Low memory or non-MIMO device)
RED="STOP"  Unknown or Support to be determined
ORANGE="CAUTION"  High Confidence of compatibility. Included in current release, but not rigorously tested
YELLOW="RESEARCHING"  Under research/testing
GREY="N/A"  No such device
**  Release candidate (or Nightly build) firmware available



  1. Regarding XW hardware revisions:
    1. The hardware Revision is best determined by logging into AirOS and inspecting the version information, e.g. XW.v5.6.12 would indicate the hardware Revision is an 'XW' model.  
    2. XM and XW hardware Revisions are Ubiqiuti models that use different chipsets.  Firmware is compiled uniquely for each chipset family and only compatible on the respective chipset family ( ):
      XM: Qualcomm-Atheros AR92xx
      XW: Qualcomm-Atheros AR93xx

  2. Regarding YELLOW devices:
    1. Any device/model indicated in YELLOW, is being researched by the AREDN development team.  This research does not guarantee, nor, directly imply, that these devices will be included in a future release of AREDN.  These devices may transition to a RED state at any time, if defects/issues are found.
    2. Pertinent information about these may be noted here:
  3. PowerBeam devices physically have model #s of "NBE-xx-yyy" printed on them, however, they are marketed as "PBE-xx-yyy".
  4. Rocket Titanium devices come with and without a GPS.  The GPS function on the GPS models is not supported, but, the device itself is.
  5. M365 models are NOT the same as M3 model.  M365 devices are not supported.
  6. Nanostation2 and Bullet2 are NOT the same as Nanostation M2 and Bullet M2. The Nanostation2 and Bullet2 are NOT supported.
  7. The Mikrotik hAP AC Lite meshes with the 2.4 GHz radio only.  The 5.8 GHz radio may be used for a local access point.
  8. For devices that support "USB passthru", this is for *power passthru only*.  There is no ability to read/write files from a USB drive.