Ubiquiti NanoStation Nsm5-Flash Notes

We have been moving towards MikroTik OmniTik as our mesh device. Before using a NanoStation, you should check with us that you are in range of another NanoStation. Some use the NanoStation when they are out of range of the mesh network using the built-in tinc vpn connection.

Don't forget to read our FAQ on the main site.
Also, please fill out the Join form.

When finished, read how to install a NanoStation outdoors

Order a router

For Supernode connections you need a different router (usually LiteBeamAC)

Buy on Amazon:
Ubiquiti NanoStation NSM5

Buy at B&H: (free delivery)
Ubiquiti NanoStation NSM5

Download the firmware and flash your router

NanoStation NSM5 instructions
(for old NSM5s or if you are upgrading see below)


Wait ten minutes or so. It now has a SSID name like "nycmesh 1a2b" and a random IP of the form 10.x.x.x

You must also install a watchdog script to keep the network stable. Here are the instructions. Email us if you are not comfortable doing this. This script will be included in the next version of our firmware.

You're done! Now your router is flashed, read how to install a NanoStation

Upgrades are for when your router is already running nycmesh/qMp or another version of OpenWrt.

WR842N upgrade download
WDR3600 upgrade download
NSM5-XW upgrade download

Older (2014 or earlier) XM NSM5s
NSM5-XM download
NSM5-XM upgrade download

Our firmware is based on qMp, which is an OpenWrt package using BMX6 meshing protocol. Thanks to Roger at qMp for all of his help.

Am I on the mesh?

After you successfully flash your router and you have emailed us, and we have added your tinc tunneling key, you should be on the mesh. If you re-flash your router (not usually necessary) you will have to email us again so we can add your new tinc tunneling key. Emailing us also lets us know who's router was just flashed.

A quick test to see if you are on the mesh is to go here-

This URL should resolve after an hour or so of being online-

Here are our old TP-Link instructions in case you find an old TL-WR842N on ebay-

Wait ten minutes or so and connect to the router via Wi-Fi. It now has a SSID name like "nycmesh 1a2b" and a random IP of the form 10.x.x.x

Revision #9
Created 9 December 2023 04:40:03 by Willard Nilges
Updated 13 July 2024 22:00:23 by Lydon Thorpe