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Hardware Installation Instructions

The Instructions in the Airspan Installation Guide (shipped with airspan BS) talk about the process of Installation. Here are some additional notes for the installation.

The antenna shipped with the installation is AW3008 sector antenna with CL-V-104 mounting kit from Alpha Wireless Ltd..

Measure the distance between the mount point for the Airspan base station(BS) and the closest network connection for provisioning the BS.

The following parts are needed for installation:

1. 370+ W Power supply Even though Airspan 2.X Ghz operation has a maximum consumption of 370 Watts, -48V power supply rated for 450W is suggested. One candidate is Mean Well SE-450-48. Make sure the voltage selector switch is at 115V position before powering on the unit
2. Power cable with custom connector (shipped with airspan BS) Attaching Air4G Power Cable This power cable is an unearthed DC cable and is approx 75 feet long. If that is long enough, it should be attached to the power supply as shown in figure 1. In case a longer cable is needed, use an off the shelf 18AWG 3C cable and solder it together to reach the power source; adjust power supply so that voltage at base station is approx 48v; there will be some voltage drop across the cable (per Ohm's law), but this should not affect operation.
3. Appropriate length weatherproof CAT5E/CAT6 cable. Bulk cable candidate for outdoor use is Belkin Direct Burial Cable. Once cable is in place, Ethernet RJ45 connectors have to be placed at both ends; make sure that the Ethernet cable is passed through the "Weatherproof Ethernet connector" (shipped with airspan), before the head is put on.
4. Ethernet surge protectors Ethernet Surge Protector Connect 2 of these surge protectors at each end of the cable connection. One close to the CAT5 connector on the Base station and the other right before connecting this to the first network switch the cable will be connected to

If you use fiber for data connectivity, instead of copper Ethernet wire, you will need:

Appropriate length fiber (50/125 multimode)
BS Basic Configuration

Air4G-W24 base station has a built in web based interface and default IP

Connect the Ethernet cable to a network switch. Configure the auxiliary PC with an IP address in the range (e.g. subnet BS is configured to come up with a default address of; in order to reconfigure it, visit the web interface ( with:

username: macromaxe
password: macromaxe


username: air4gweb
password: thhr49Key or rhht49Key

The setup consists of 3 screens which can be selected with the links on the left menu:

General Configuration: configure the BS Id with the combination of first three hex digits from the GENI OID and the last three based on your campus address assignment. Air4G  BS General Configuration Page
SNMP Configuration: In addition to read and write community strings, one should specify trap destination IP address to match your controller IP address. Air4G Management Configuration Page
Management IP Configuration: Enter controller PC IP address as well as subnet mask and IP address of the default gateway. Management VLAN support and corresponding VLAN should be also configured. NOTE: If using trunk to connect the BS, it is quite important to make sure that the switch port to which the BS is connected has appropriate handling for untagged packets (i.e. that it labels untagged packets with the management VLAN). Air4G SNMP Configuration Page
Site Software Installation Instructions

The Instructions in the Airspan Installation Guide (shipped with airspan BS) talk about the process of Installation. The components for the software installation are:

  1. Netspan Management Software
  2. Netspan Software License
  3. Windows server SP2 2008 Edition License to run the Netspan software
  4. Server/laptop to run Windows machine

The Airspan BS does not power ON by default .

Refer to Page 56 of Installation Guide in conjunction to these instructions.

Change the management IP and VLAN configuration to your site addressing scheme.

Contact seskar (at) winlab (dot) rutgers (dot) edu to initiate license acquisition for netspan.

Place the GPS device connected to Air4G-W24 in an area where it can obtain a Lock.

Netspan Installation Instructions

Follow directions for pre-reqs on NS.pdf

  1. Install SQL 2008 SP1 Standard edition available at
  1. Install .NET framework 4.0
  1. After Installing .Net Framework open cmd prompt on windows machine to register ASP.Net with IIS
cd %windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319
aspnet_regiis.exe -i 
  1. Install IIS as shown in the document
  1. Try running "InstallNetspanUSA.exe" to verify if database instance is visible to netspan
  1. If database is not available, check your SQL installation again.
  1. if database is visible in the dropdown menu, Choose
SQLEXPRESS2008 or whatever you named your instance
  1. At this point the "Installer" will complain that IIS management compatibility module is not installed". This is because Netspan is not able to read the system registry values.
  1. Modify system registry to allow netspan to read variables
1.  Open regedit from dos prompt.
2. In case of any unforeseen corruption issues, export the entire registry by
selecting the top node and using File->Export to export to a .reg file. Keep
it safe.
3. Navigate to SOFTWAREMicrosoftInetStpComponents node.
4. Use File->Export to export to another .reg file.
5. Modify this .reg file using notepad and replace
?SOFTWAREMicrosoftInetStpComponents? to
6. Save the file.
7. Now navigate to the node ?SOFTWAREWow6432NodeMicrosoftInetStpComponents?
8. Use right click menu and select permissions.
9. Click on ?Advanced? button.
10. Select the owner tab. You would notice current owner is TrustedInstaller.
11. Change the owner to Administrator, apply and click OK to close.
12. Select Administrator, and check ?Full Control?, click OK to close the
13. Use File->Import to import the modified .reg file.
14. Verify the Components folder has registry entries now.
15. Make sure you are on the node
16. Use right click menu and select permissions.
17. Click on ?Advanced? button.
18. Select Administrator, and uncheck Full Control, click OK to close the

  1. Launch the "Installer". The Pre-reqs should pass now. Follow the instructions on Page 20-21 to finish the installation.

After Installing Netspan, import the license file provided by Airspan into the NMS software

Open a web browser and go to "localhost/netspan"

Enter " username :admin;password: password"

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3.5 Adding a Base station profile for a GENI site

After uploading the license,

  • Create a discovery task: Server → Discovery parameters → Add

(the form fields should match the BS configuration)

  • Wait for the discovery to take place
  • After a while, the BS should be visible under Configuration

management → Node → Node

  • Select it and click on Edit
  • Configure everything according to the "golden config" (basically

the default settings), except for the IP address and RF profile which are site-specific

  • Make sure that the form field "Ready for service" says "Ready for service"
  • Click OK
  • Wait for the provisioning to complete (it takes a couple of minutes)
  • If the provisioning fails, the BS is probably in "maintenance"

mode and must be switched to "out of service" with the following steps, if needed:

  • Select the BS and click on Manage
  • Go to the "State and control" page
  • Under "16e BS service state" select "Set out of service"
  • Click OK and wait, now the provisioning should take place
  • Switch the "16e BS service state" to "in service", following the

above procedure

  • Now netspan should report all green and the BS should be fully up

and running

Note that the BS cannot be moved from "maintenance" to "in service" directly , so it must be put first into "out of service" state, and then finally "in service".

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