Operating Modes

Bitlomat units have been specifically designed for WISP operations and can be operated in 4 main operating modes:

  • Base Station
  • CPE
  • Home Router
  • Point-to-Point Link

 

Each operating mode is used according to the selected network topology. Network topology examples are depicted below
BS-selection-screen

The operating modes can be changed using the dashboard selector.

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When an operating mode is selected, an intuitive wizard is launched to guide the user in the basic configuration of the operating modes.

Base Station

When the Base Station mode is selected, the unit will operate as an Access Point for many CPEs. The network architecture is the typical point-to-multipoint operation. The first step is to configure the wired WAN port which is supposed to be connected to the Internet as shown below.

3. BS-static-screen

The WAN port can be configured using a static IP address or DHCP.
With the second step, the wireless parameters can be configured including frequency, channel width, SSID and wireless security.

4. BS-wireless-screen

By scrolling down the menu, the network parameters for the wireless interface can be also configured as shown below. The wireless interface can be set to “bridge” the WAN and the Wireless interfaces together (same broadcast domain) or as a “router” by separating the WAN and Wireless broadcast domains (and IP addressing schemes).

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CPE

When the CPE mode is selected, the unit will operate as a Station that wirelessly connects to a Base Station. The network architecture is the typical point-to-multipoint operation. The first step is to configure the Wireless interface which is supposed to be connected to the Internet through the Base Station. The wireless parameters can be configured including frequency, channel width, SSID and wireless security.

6. CPE-wireless-screen TAGLIATA

By scrolling down the menu, the network parameters for the wireless interface can be also configured as shown below. The wireless interface IP address can be static or assigned by a DHCP.

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The second step is to configure wired LAN port which is supposed to be connected to the Customer Premises devices. A DHCP server can be also set up to provide IP addresses to the private Customer network.

8. CPE-lan-DHCP-screen

 

Home Router

The Home Router mode is typically used to provide wireless connectivity to home/office devices like PC and smartphone. Therefore the wireless interface is bridged with the LAN port of the Bitlomat unit whereas the WAN is connected to the Internet. The basic configuration consists of 3 steps.

In the first step, the wired WAN is configured as shown below. Static or dynamic (DHCP) IP addresses can be set. The port can also be configured to use PPPoE

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In the second step, the wireless interface can be configured and it will be automatically bridged with the wired LAN interface. Therefore, no IP address is needed for it.

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In the final step, the local wired LAN can be configured. A DHCP server can be also set up to provide IP addresses to the private Customer network both the wireless and the wired LAN interfaces.

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Point-to-Point Link

The Point-to-Point mode can be used to create transparent layer 2 bridges extending two network segments within the same broadcast domain. The two units at the ends of the link must be set as “master” and “slave”, respectively. The selector is shown below. Once the Link Role is selected, a static IP address can be set for the unit.

12. P2P-master-static-screen

Finally, the wireless interface parameters can be configured including frequency, channel width, SSID and wireless security.

13. P2P-master-wireless