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Roy
2014-08-06 20:54:11 UTC
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Need a tiny router? Here is the new Mikrotik mAP-2N two port router
with wireless. Can be powered via USB (or other ways)

http://www.mikrotik.com/download/share/mAP.pdf
Thad Floryan
2014-08-08 21:56:16 UTC
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Need a tiny router? Here is the new Mikrotik mAP-2N two port router
with wireless. Can be powered via USB (or other ways)
http://www.mikrotik.com/download/share/mAP.pdf
Hi Roy,

I posted the following in the Yahoo linux group and a member
in the UK followed-up as you can see after each "|". Is the
mAP available yet?

Thad

| > Though MicroTik is based in Latvia, their distribution is worldwide:
| >
| > http://www.mikrotik.com/aboutus
| >
| > http://www.mikrotik.com/
| >
| > This product:
| >
| > http://www.mikrotik.com/download/share/mAP.pdf
| >
| > appears very useful and was just mentioned in the Usenet ba.internet
| > group.
|
| It does indeed... looks very similar to most other micro APs but it
| does PoE injection which is neat, and has multiple power options: wall
| wart, active and passive PoE, etc).
|
| Sadly, it looks for now to be vaporware.
|
| > The USA distributors list:
| >
| > http://www.mikrotik.com/buy/northamerica/usa
| >
| > Click on the other countries' list at the left side at the above URL.
|
| I did a cursory search on every website they list as a North America
| distributor or reseller, and no one lists them. Shame, I'd like to
| see what the pricing is on that and some more details.
|
| I bought one of these:
|
| http://www.planex.net/pdf/router/mzk-mf150/v1/
|
| from a shop in the Guang Hua electronics market in Taipei a few years
| ago and have used it around the world whenever I travel. it's not a
| bad micro 802.11n AP that is switchable from being a straight AP to
| router to even a bridge and can also provide both wifi and 100Mbit
| LAN. I think I paid all of $12 for it 3 or 4 years ago now.
|
| More recently I replaced it with one of these:
|
| http://www.tp-link.com/en/products/details/?model=TL-WR700N
|
| Which has similar specs, but has a fold out AC plug so it's one thing
| less to carry in my kit (no wall wart).
Roy
2014-08-08 23:47:26 UTC
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The answer is "real soon now"

The official word from Mikrotik on their forum on 7/29 is

"mAP has not disappeared anywhere. We simply are doing very detailed
testing, and had to improve some things before we can manufacture it.
This caused the delay. The good news is that it's nearly ready to go on
sale!"

The forum is at

http://forum.mikrotik.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=77535

and includes pictures of the board

Its also starting to appear on distributor's web pages. This one says $45

https://www.roc-noc.com/mikrotik/routerboard/RBmAP2n.html
Post by Thad Floryan
Post by Roy
Need a tiny router? Here is the new Mikrotik mAP-2N two port router
with wireless. Can be powered via USB (or other ways)
http://www.mikrotik.com/download/share/mAP.pdf
Hi Roy,
I posted the following in the Yahoo linux group and a member
in the UK followed-up as you can see after each "|". Is the
mAP available yet?
Thad
| >
| > http://www.mikrotik.com/aboutus
| >
| > http://www.mikrotik.com/
| >
| >
| > http://www.mikrotik.com/download/share/mAP.pdf
| >
| > appears very useful and was just mentioned in the Usenet ba.internet
| > group.
|
| It does indeed... looks very similar to most other micro APs but it
| does PoE injection which is neat, and has multiple power options: wall
| wart, active and passive PoE, etc).
|
| Sadly, it looks for now to be vaporware.
|
| >
| > http://www.mikrotik.com/buy/northamerica/usa
| >
| > Click on the other countries' list at the left side at the above URL.
|
| I did a cursory search on every website they list as a North America
| distributor or reseller, and no one lists them. Shame, I'd like to
| see what the pricing is on that and some more details.
|
|
| http://www.planex.net/pdf/router/mzk-mf150/v1/
|
| from a shop in the Guang Hua electronics market in Taipei a few years
| ago and have used it around the world whenever I travel. it's not a
| bad micro 802.11n AP that is switchable from being a straight AP to
| router to even a bridge and can also provide both wifi and 100Mbit
| LAN. I think I paid all of $12 for it 3 or 4 years ago now.
|
|
| http://www.tp-link.com/en/products/details/?model=TL-WR700N
|
| Which has similar specs, but has a fold out AC plug so it's one thing
| less to carry in my kit (no wall wart).
Thad Floryan
2014-08-09 04:39:57 UTC
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Post by Roy
The answer is "real soon now"
The official word from Mikrotik on their forum on 7/29 is
"mAP has not disappeared anywhere. We simply are doing very detailed
testing, and had to improve some things before we can manufacture it.
This caused the delay. The good news is that it's nearly ready to go on
sale!"
The forum is at
http://forum.mikrotik.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=77535
and includes pictures of the board
Its also starting to appear on distributor's web pages. This one says $45
https://www.roc-noc.com/mikrotik/routerboard/RBmAP2n.html
[...]
Hi Roy,

Thank you very much for the update. I'll re-post your comments (above)
to the Yahoo linux group.

Thad
Roy
2014-08-17 18:55:05 UTC
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The RBmAP2n is now showing as "in stock"

https://www.roc-noc.com/mikrotik/routerboard/RBmAP2n.html
Post by Thad Floryan
Post by Roy
The answer is "real soon now"
The official word from Mikrotik on their forum on 7/29 is
"mAP has not disappeared anywhere. We simply are doing very detailed
testing, and had to improve some things before we can manufacture it.
This caused the delay. The good news is that it's nearly ready to go on
sale!"
The forum is at
http://forum.mikrotik.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=77535
and includes pictures of the board
Its also starting to appear on distributor's web pages. This one says $45
https://www.roc-noc.com/mikrotik/routerboard/RBmAP2n.html
[...]
Hi Roy,
Thank you very much for the update. I'll re-post your comments (above)
to the Yahoo linux group.
Thad
Steve Pope
2014-08-17 20:27:01 UTC
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Post by Roy
The RBmAP2n is now showing as "in stock"
https://www.roc-noc.com/mikrotik/routerboard/RBmAP2n.html
Difficult to believe it weighs as much as 16 ounces given
its small size.

Steve
Roy
2014-08-17 23:09:39 UTC
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Post by Roy
The RBmAP2n is now showing as "in stock"
https://www.roc-noc.com/mikrotik/routerboard/RBmAP2n.html
Difficult to believe it weighs as much as 16 ounces given
its small size.
Steve
I think that is the weight of the box with the router inside. Includes
the cable and the power cube. :-)
Roy
2014-08-20 22:49:14 UTC
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Post by Steve Pope
Post by Roy
The RBmAP2n is now showing as "in stock"
https://www.roc-noc.com/mikrotik/routerboard/RBmAP2n.html
Difficult to believe it weighs as much as 16 ounces given
its small size.
Steve
I think that is the weight of the box with the router inside. Includes
the cable and the power cube. :-)
For those worrying about the router's weight, my kitchen scale says 2.8
ounces.
Steve Pope
2014-08-21 21:15:04 UTC
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For those worrying about the router's weight, my kitchen scale says 2.8
ounces.
Thanks. For me, when traveling every ounce counts.

Steve
Roy
2014-08-22 01:27:35 UTC
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Post by Roy
For those worrying about the router's weight, my kitchen scale says 2.8
ounces.
Thanks. For me, when traveling every ounce counts.
Steve
And you can power it via USB from your laptop so you can skip the power cube
Thad Floryan
2014-08-18 00:33:46 UTC
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Post by Roy
The RBmAP2n is now showing as "in stock"
https://www.roc-noc.com/mikrotik/routerboard/RBmAP2n.html
Difficult to believe it weighs as much as 16 ounces given
its small size.
Hi Steve,

Don't laugh too hard, but I've actually seen products that had
to have mass added to prevent being pulled off a desk or table
by a cable(s). Stickier self-adhesive feet also were added.

Thad
Steve Pope
2014-08-18 03:59:26 UTC
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Post by Steve Pope
Difficult to believe it weighs as much as 16 ounces given
its small size.
Hi Steve,
Don't laugh too hard, but I've actually seen products that had
to have mass added to prevent being pulled off a desk or table
by a cable(s). Stickier self-adhesive feet also were added.
I think an early example of this was some of the keyboards
shipped with early IBM PC's.


Steve
Keith Keller
2014-08-18 04:16:05 UTC
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I think an early example of this was some of the keyboards
shipped with early IBM PC's.
How early? IIRC some of the original IBM PC models (like the XT) had
a keyboard that could resist hurricanes. FWIW, many faculty at my
university in undergrad still had XTs and ATs in the early to mid 1990s.

The original IBM PS/2 keyboard is still my favorite, and is still made
today:

https://www.pckeyboard.com/

I think you could whack a user upside the head with one of these and
have the keyboard come out fully functional.

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Thad Floryan
2014-08-18 07:36:42 UTC
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Post by Steve Pope
I think an early example of this was some of the keyboards
shipped with early IBM PC's.
How early? IIRC some of the original IBM PC models (like the XT) had
a keyboard that could resist hurricanes. FWIW, many faculty at my
university in undergrad still had XTs and ATs in the early to mid 1990s.
The original IBM PS/2 keyboard is still my favorite, and is still made
https://www.pckeyboard.com/
I think you could whack a user upside the head with one of these and
have the keyboard come out fully functional.
Hi Keith,

I wouldn't be surprised. I'd wear out the crap keyboards that accompanied
Dell and HP computers in less than 3 months.

I bought one of the PCkeyboard.com keyboards on June 8, 2009, and it's
still in perfect shape and working fine -- you can see mine here which
connects to several banks of IOgear KVM switches:

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Thad
Kristian M Zoerhoff
2014-08-18 14:03:10 UTC
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Post by Keith Keller
Post by Steve Pope
I think an early example of this was some of the keyboards
shipped with early IBM PC's.
How early? IIRC some of the original IBM PC models (like the XT) had
a keyboard that could resist hurricanes. FWIW, many faculty at my
university in undergrad still had XTs and ATs in the early to mid 1990s.
The original IBM PS/2 keyboard is still my favorite, and is still made
https://www.pckeyboard.com/
I think you could whack a user upside the head with one of these and
have the keyboard come out fully functional.
I worked at IBM for many, many years, and the Model M was prized as if it
were made of gold. One programmer in my group used to cannibalize them as
old RS/6000s were scrapped, and had an enormous pile of them stacked in a
corner of his office. When he's wear one out (yes, you could actually do
so), he would just grab a fresh one off the pile.

You always knew when he was dialed into a conference call.
--
Kristian M Zoerhoff
Roy
2014-10-20 19:25:53 UTC
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Need a tiny router? Here is the new Mikrotik mAP-2N two port router
with wireless. Can be powered via USB (or other ways)
http://www.mikrotik.com/download/share/mAP.pdf
I bought one of these to "play" with and to explore what it could be
used for.

I was on a recent trip where I was in a motel with terrible Wifi
service. My phones were better off connected to the Ford dealer's guest
network 200 yards away.

Luckily I brought the tiny router and that the room had an ethernet
jack. Plugged in my box and the Wifi problem was solved.

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