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The OM5P-AN Radio was announced to be included in the 2016 Kit of Parts by Kate Pilotte, the FIRST Kit of Parts Manager, on Thursday, October 8, 2015. Like the rest of the FRC teams, 449 received an OM5P-AN. The radio is currently (affirmed as of December 24, 2016) on ROUS. Open Mesh, the company that sells these radios, or “access points” announced an End of Sale status for the OM5P-AN on April 1, 2016. Then, on May 11, 2016, they announced that an Out of Stock and End of Life status for it. It has been announced that the radio included in the 2017 control system is the OM5P-AC, which is the Open Mesh radio that replaced the OM5P-AN.
Local Area Network, abbreviated LAN, is a network where computers located in vicinity of each other have the ability to share resources and data. A Wireless Local Area Network is abbreviated as WLAN, and is commonly used in a private home or small business. Products that have WLAN standards are known as Wifi technologies. The OM5P-AN complies with WLAN standards 802.11 a/g/n.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) created a few WLAN Standard: 802.11, 802.11a, and 802.11b. Later, the standards, 802.11g, and 802.11n were created. Each standard has its specifics, which detail about its bandwidth, frequency, speed, and viable range. The speed of the OM5P-AN is 450 Mbps (Mega-bytes per second).
Right to Left:
1. Power light
2. Ethernet port 1 link light (18.24v POE)
2.1 Light On: Something is plugged into the port
2.2 Light Off: Nothing is plugged into the port
3. Ethernet port 2 link light (802.3af)
4. Mesh quality light (signal bars)
4.1 No light: Computer’s IP address hasn’t been received
4.2 Solid red: No internet
4.3 Blinking blue/green: Internet is connected
Using the OM5P-AN without a robot
This device can be used to simply connect to the internet on a laptop. For this, it is required to install the FRC Radio Configuration Utility Installer. When asked for Network Interfaces select to connect to the Local Area Connection. Then, connect your OM5P-AN to power, and connect your ethernet to both your computer and the 802.3af Ethernet Port. Enter your team number. A WPA key is not necessary. Click configure, and wait. This process should not be used at an FRC event.
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