MP2 AWD – ‘All Wheel Drive’ Edition

pan_6The MP2 AWD “All Wheel Drive” edition is now available for order.  The MP2 AWD represents a big step forward for the Mesh Potato.   It is based on the same core as the MP2 Phone and is packaged in an outdoor enclosure with additional features and capabilities, most notably a second radio capable of 2T2R (MIMO) operation on 2.4 and 5GHz bands.  It also has an internal USB port as well as an SD card slot.  This opens up the possibilities for innovation.  The SD slot can host cached content such as World Possible’s Rachel Offline project or any locally important content.  The USB port is available for a variety of uses such as 3G/4G modem for backhaul or backup.

The MP2 AWD is also easier to deploy than previous models as power, data, and telephony have been integrated into a single ethernet connection thanks to the PoE/TL adaptor that is shipped with the device.  Now both phone, data, and power are all served via a single cable.

The default user setup for the MP2 AWD is to use the 2.4GHz radio for local hotspot access and the 5GHz radio to create the backbone network on the mesh but it can be configured to suit a variety of scenarios.

The MP2 AWD has the following features:

  • Everything already included in MP2 Phone including:
    • Atheros AR9331 SoC with a 2.4GHz 802.11n 1×1 router in a single chip
    • Internal antenna for 2.4GHz operation
    • FXS port based on Silicon Labs Si3217x chipset
    • 16/64MB flash/ram memory configuration
    • Two 100Base-T Ethernet ports
    • High-speed UART for console support
  • A second radio module based on the MediaTek/Ralink RT5572 chipset which supports IEEE 802.11bgn 2T2R (2×2 MIMO) operation on 2.4 and 5 GHz bands.
  • Internal SD card slot capable of supporting local content serving, data caching, and general data storage applications.
  • Internal USB port which can be used for a memory device , GSM 3/4G dongle or other USB devices.
  • PoE/TL adaptor which will carry Voice/Data/Power via a single Cat5/6 cable to the MP2 AWD. Similar to a passive PoE connector but also carries voice telephone line connection allowing phone to be plugged in remotely from MP2 AWD

Available for order now on the Village Telco store.

6 Responses to «MP2 AWD – ‘All Wheel Drive’ Edition»


  1. March 16, 2017 at 9:40 pm, VIshan said:
    Steve, Please advice on the range of the 'all wheel drive' device and does it compose of Wildernet features /package for eg. RACHEL,VoIP, IM messaging and softphone etc? Please advise asap as I'm trying to get a few of these devices to test before a roll out. Thanks Vish

    • March 17, 2017 at 8:51 am, steve said:
      The range of the 5GHz radio with the standard internal antenna is about a maximum of a 1km with clear line of sight and fresnel zone. With an external directional antenna, the 5GHz radio can reach several kilometers, 4km is the longest link I know of that anyone has done. VoIP is an integrated part of the MP2 AWD. It has an integrated Analogue Telephony Adaptor (ATA) and runs Asterisk internally. Softphone features are there as well. It has an integrated SD card slot which is ideal for putting in a 32/64/128GB card to run RACHEL but doesn't come set up that way out of the box. Wildernets IM messaging is not built in either but if you wanted to run the Wildernets firmware on MP2 AWD, I am sure Keith would be happy to help you.

  2. March 17, 2017 at 1:02 pm, Vishan said:
    Steve, This is the first i've enagged with anyone in thos forum so i'm not sure who Kieth is, so please provide contact info, thanks!. I''ve never used any of your product and i'm not sure what it requires to configure and set up these devices. Do you have a traning program or videos and manuals to start with? Or do you offer paid support/traning, and custom firmaware building? I'm guessing to add IM and Softphone capability that may need a custom firmware. correct? Thanks for your prompt responce. Best Regards Vishan

  3. March 17, 2017 at 1:25 pm, vishan said:
    Steve, I forgot to ask. Does access points trigger captive portal page upon access and ways to manage billing etc? ? If not is it possible to programme that in at a cost? Please advise. Thanks Vish

  4. March 17, 2017 at 1:58 pm, steve said:
    Can I suggest you join the Village Telco Development community at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/village-telco-dev and ask any technical questions there? Alternatively you can write to info@villagetelco.org for one-on-one questions.

  5. March 18, 2017 at 10:59 am, Vishan said:
    Steve, I've joined the google group and I'm awaiting approval. Thanks VIshan

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