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    Default Ventana 6 radio board is now available

    Finally, after many months of development, the new 1 GHz Quad Core router boards are available. They support as many as 6 mini PCIe radio cards, which unfortunately are not yet in stock. I'm not happy about that, but there is not much I can do.

    This is initially a YSYL sale with increased Quantity Discount Levels. Cue-Link is the place to get them.

    I have decided to offer them without StarOS as an option for the people who would like to try and roll their own. Of course, you can add the new StarOS Ventana if you wish, and that is my hope.

    http://www.cue-link.com/store/

    Shipping will be next week. Initial quantities are limited, so YSYL.
    ..a computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things. They are,in short, a perfect match..

    Try the latest 4.4.5.7-7842 release. It fixes the 11N card reset issue.
    http://www.star-os.com/ http://www.star-os.com/store

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    What software does it come with and what cards does it work with.
    I have a few different compex pcie 2x2 and 3x3 cards I have bought in the past.

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    The basic software is the Gateworks firmware, which we have never even tested. We have a special StarOS for the Ventana which we offer as an option. The reason for this is that many customers have indicated they want to try their own, so we accommodated them bt making our software as an option.

    Our Ventana StarOS is fully compatible with previous StarOS firmwares and uses our tradition SSH User Interface which we prefer. It is much more reliable than a Web GUI and gives us more control and takes quite a lot less bandwidth.

    It has been tested with most of the Compex 11n mini PCIe radios, most notably the WLE-200nx, WLE-250nx and the WLE-350nx. My personal test stations use the WLE-250nx and the WLE-350nx, so it is very safe to say they are good cards to use.

    I need to point out that 11ac cards are NOT supported at this time. They will cause a kernel panic. In time they will be supported. Currently they use a binary module that the driver uploads to the card and it controls its functions. This gives us very little ability to offer our features and makes the cards more or less like a modem, ie packet in and packet out. You get what they offer and right now 11ac is not very useful for any sort of distance. They are great for a general location such as the client house or a small Hotspot.
    ..a computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things. They are,in short, a perfect match..

    Try the latest 4.4.5.7-7842 release. It fixes the 11N card reset issue.
    http://www.star-os.com/ http://www.star-os.com/store

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    So whats the deal with other Ventana boards being supported?
    There is daughter boards as well.
    Is there a reason the other Ventana boards can't be easily supported?

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    The other boards "could already" be supported, but we have not worked with them. We do know that the 4 port works with the same firmware. The problem for us was that the 4 port is nearly as expensive as the 6 port and has a much slower CPU. That is why we chose the more suitable 6 port board. I felt that a minor savings now would limit the usefulness later on.

    I'm open to suggestions and it should not be hard to add support for the entire line, and might already be done if the base is the same.
    ..a computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things. They are,in short, a perfect match..

    Try the latest 4.4.5.7-7842 release. It fixes the 11N card reset issue.
    http://www.star-os.com/ http://www.star-os.com/store

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    The Daughter boards are nearly as expensive as the Parent boards. We felt that people would already be objecting to the high cost.

    Note that the Daughter board will likely be already supported, but not the different devices that will plug into it. If there is a suitable demand for a particular addon we can certainly add it, but I cannot justify our Development efforts for just a few units. This is the old Free Lunch issue.

    In reality, we can support pretty much anything if someone is willing to pay for the Development. We have shown our expertise at hardware support and driver development over the many years we have been doing this. What many people do not realize is that every piece of embedded hardware is a custom unit with perhaps some similarities to other hardware. The similarities are helpful, but the differences are what take the time.
    ..a computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things. They are,in short, a perfect match..

    Try the latest 4.4.5.7-7842 release. It fixes the 11N card reset issue.
    http://www.star-os.com/ http://www.star-os.com/store

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    As Lonnie mentioned, the 11ac support is still in development and not included in the initial release. If you do have an 11ac card installed however, it will simply be ignored in the shipping firmware. In the short term, it is not advisable to purchase 11ac modules until we have completed development and can offer recommendations as to which ones will be supported as they are not as universal as 11n cards due to their on-board firmware.

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    Got my first Ventana boards today (looks good!).
    I wanted to add license for the DFS and licensed freq features, but my request key is not recognized as V4.
    Some upgrade needed on the license-site?

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    It is not V4.

    You have to select the Siam Embedded Ventana Products category (on the green highlight near top of page).

    I wish you all the best in your deployment.
    ..a computer is a stupid machine with the ability to do incredibly smart things, while computer programmers are smart people with the ability to do incredibly stupid things. They are,in short, a perfect match..

    Try the latest 4.4.5.7-7842 release. It fixes the 11N card reset issue.
    http://www.star-os.com/ http://www.star-os.com/store

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    Found it, thank you!
    Next: I am not able to untag the 'new license' choice. Board is licensed from Cue-Link, I just want to add DFS & licensed freq.

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