|Hard Drive||32 MB|
Ubiquiti Networks NanoStation loco M5
|Number of Channels||1|
|Maximum Range||15 Kilometers|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||7 x 2.5 x 3 inches|
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- 150+ Mbps real outdoor throughput
- 15km+ range
- Intelligent POE
- 13 dBi Antenna
- Cost effective
leading-edge Industrial Design Ubiquiti Networks Set The Bar For The World's First Low-cost And Efficient Broadband Customer Premises Equipment (cpe) With The Original Nanostation. The Nanostationm And Nanostationlocom Take The Same Concept To The Future With Sleek And Elegant Form Factors, Along With Integrated Airmax (mimo Tdma Protocol) Technology. The Low Cost, High Performance, And Small Form Factor Of Nanostationm And Nanostationlocom Make Them Extremely Versatile And Economical To Deploy.
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2016
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Okay I didn't check the exact dates but I've had these installed about a month now. It's pouring down rain right now, really hard. I changed the boat end of the bridge and hooked to the WAN port of a Asus router. My laptop is on ethernet cable direct to the LAN on the router. My TV, DISH Network, Printer are all wireless to router. I just did the comcast speed test again. 31.45mbs download, 6.68mbs upload. So it's nearly double the speed of DLS over a 300' wireless bridge these are creating in the middle of a pouring rain storm. I also did a 5.62 gigabyte download in less than 25 minutes after the speed test. Awesome. I mean totally awesome.
(update 2) I had to come plug this product once more. It's march, install was in September last year. It has rained, snowed, froze, sun baked. These are still going strong. The last speed test was after updating my Asus router firmware, I got 39mbs down and 8.8 up. Thats from a xfinity modem with blast. The modem with direct connect does barely 50 down. If you need a internet signal at 300+ feet away buy a pair of these. All the info you need is on their site. Best for the price there is. Oh and I have not had to reboot them even once.
(final update 4/9/14) I did a comcast speed test this morning to recheck. Now I'm getting 41mbs down and 8.71 up. That's almost as fast as being wired to the cable modem. I know updating this review 3 times seems weird but I tried solutions for 3 months to get a truly fast internet connection. This is a great product.
Then I came across the Ubiquiti products. Seemed to cover exactly what I needed:
- Can mount outdoors or in attic. It also uses Ethernet, not coax, for outdoor or attic components. Cheaper & easier to wire.
- More than adequate range. I need to go about 100 to 150 feet - but through another house. There is no line of sight unless I mount some poles on my roof which the HOA would never allow.
- Is available outside the 2.4 GHZ range which should prevent this from interfering with my neighbor's WiFi or wireless phones.
- Is a major vendor. (An iSP in another town in FL uses Ubiquiti to provide internet service to remote locations. Their lead tech gave a personal endorsement to the product line.)
- If I ever dig that trench (say I want to get cable TV out there), I can re-purpose these units as conventional long-distance access points or client stations. (Might get to the Xfinity hotspot that's visible to but out of reach from my house.)
It was very easy to configure a point-to-point transparent bridge. The quick-start guide wasn't quite enough, but I found clear instructions on Ubiquiti's community page. They have lots of educational and configuration guides. Just Google "airMAX - Configure a Point-to-Point Link (Layer 2, Transparent Bridge)" for the guide I used.
I did make additional changes:
- Renamed the devices and network (SSID).
- Turned on WPA2 encryption.
- Set up new administrative id and password.
- Set static IP addresses to make them easier to manage..
- Greatly reduced the transmit power - taking it down 25db. I'll be installing these shortly and will obviously have to raise the transmit power levels
When I tested at shorter range, I was getting full 150Mbps transfers.
After getting the bridge working, I installed the "Ubiquiti airGateway LR Wireless access point". This device plugs into the NanoStation's power supply and can be configured as a router or access point. I'll be using it to provide WiFi service in my remote building. No additional power supply or cabling is needed. I could have used a separate access point, but the packaging on this is so much easier and more compact. (The AP came with a new bracket to mount the larger power supply/AP combination directly to a wall.)
The only complaint might be that the power cord for the NanoStation is about 2 feet. It's replaceable - just get a standard (grounded) clover or "Mickey Mouse" power cord.
The unit is rated to operate at temperatures from -20 to 165 degrees (F). This makes it possible to install this in my attic where the temperature hasn't gotten above 140 (yet) - but I'm not sure I really want to try that. Still, that's a pretty high operating temperature for an electronic device.
Overall, this was very easy to set up and gave complete network / internet access in test conditions. I'll update this review once I get them permanently installed.
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It’s not different to the likes of Ligowave or Cambium in so much that it’s designed to be mounted to a pole.... but what pole and, very often, a pole isn’t really practical.
We installed this at a private property and on the side of their house but had to buy a satellite mounting pole kit which worked a treat but also added bulk and made it more unsightly than it needed to be.
People who have the money to utilise this kind of kit - and pay someone to install it - generally have nice houses and they don’t want poles unnecessarily bolted into the side of a nice Cotswold stone property.
To reiterate, the kit works a treat but mounting design needs improvement.