This firmware is applicable to A5x, C5, C5c & C5x (PTMP) and B5x, B5, B5c, C5c, C5x (PTP)
As normal, I will just be giving my summery of things I think are important and mentioning people who had brought up issues that have been solved or are now known issues. You can read the notes in their entirety here:
Note: This is the first Official Firmware for the B5x, running earlier firmware isn’t a great plan IMO.
New Features (because that’s what everyone loves)
SNMP, New MIB object added for PTMP MIB to query for airtime utilization, association status of each client and count of number of associated clients. This one is pretty big and includes requests I made a while back. @Rudy will be happy to hear he can easily count the number of clients on his A5x radios… Unfortunately this doesn’t cover A5c/A5 radios… BUT!!! Seeing airtime utilization is a major feature which will help a ton in network monitoring and planning. (Knowing your airtime utilization means you know when an AP is overloaded and you can identify bad clients with a bit of work.)
DHCP Option 12 support. This looks kinda cool, I am sure there is someone out there getting excited, but I just can’t today, I guess if Option 82 didn’t do it for you… WOoo… Maybe someone else can chime in and inform the class on how cool this is or interesting use cases…
Access Point selection based on highest RSSI (With same SSID) I am not sure how much I like this as an option, it doesn’t benefit me, but it could be a nifty way for you to add redundancy to your network… Just make sure to have a super good PSK.
Forwarding Table Display (PTP only), L2 Forwarding table contains MAC address of each learnt host (behind PTP device), its age, and the ingress port. All this information is displayed on WebUI. Technically this is stuff that the radio needs to know anyways. So it’s cool that we now have access to it in an easy place.
Fixed Issues (Because this is what everyone needs)
Note: If you were experiencing any of the issues fixed in the latest firmware and you have seen a resolution or continuation with the issue please post here so people can keep track.
Couple issues I reported, so ya, I know that system works.
Fixed an infrequent occurrence whereby in SRS mode 75/25 Traffic Split traffic may stop with Reboot Reason 5007. I know I was helping someone with the 5007 error, but I can’t find their post. Whoever you are please report back if you are seeing a fix!
Fixed an issue with Exclusions for B5x to allow blocking up to 6425 MHz. Not a terribly important deal for most people, but there have been a few Beta firmware’s that have bitten me in the bum because they didn’t have correct regulatory exclusions for my area and my radio decided to use spectrum that is illegal for me to use. Not very common for GA releases, but there was one firmware a while back…
- On C5x and C5c PTP links, the local last reboot time shown on Access Point dashboard may be incorrect. Keep this in mind ladies and gentlemen when you are doing diagnostics.