Norris, Inc., S. Portland, ME | 03/20/15 09:44am
Nano station m. List price is 89 dollars per radio. Can use in access point or station mode. Can operate in point to point or multipoint mode (we normally setup in transparent mode with radio access control lists). The dual Ethernet interfaces are great for repeaters or dual camera sites.
Ubiquiti is statistically the most common in this use case. Beware, Ubiquiti does not provide the personal / direct support that typical manufacturers do, so while you get the extremely low price you won't get hand holding. Fluidmesh is a common alternative for those who want that at the ~500 price point per radio (see Fluidmesh Ponte).
Background for options: Favorite Wireless Video Surveillance 2014
I will check out both. Any experience with Trango?
I've used the Comnet models recently and they seem to work pretty well. I've never had long-term success with Ubiquiti.
Pro Focus LLC | 03/22/15 01:44pm
We have multiple Ubiquiti NanoStation LOCO M deployments that have NEVER needed a single service call. Some of these have been in service nearly three years now without a single incident. In fact the only single issue I have had with Ubiquiti PtP systems was when I mistakenly fed a radio 48v PoE. After bypassing the blown fuse, that radio is still in service working just fine. We bought a spare radio to replace it in case it went down, but after sitting on a shelf for over a year, we used that spare on another project.
I don't have any experience using other brands to contrast against Ubiquiti, but maybe that can be taken as another positive for Ubiquiti, since I've never had a need to look elsewhere.
IPVMU Certified | 03/22/15 03:25pm
Ubiquiti for 900MHz (Non-LOS), but Engenius for 2.4GHz (LOS).
We have multiple installs (less than 50) running these brands with little to no issues.
IPVMU Certified | 03/22/15 03:34pm
We utilize Ubiquiti as well. We have a history with all the others...KBC, FluidMesh etc. Technicians pre-programming at office helps resolve some of the support issues.
I would definetely go with ubiquity. nanostation loco m2 or m5 is fine. you can use abullet antenna or rocket with an omni dependong on your needs. you canconnecta around 30 cameras on my experience to a bullet or 50 to a rocket
Check out www.doubleradius.com These guys offer a 2 day training in Indian Trail, NC. The course is geared to WISP community and has been the best $1000.00 I have spent. I used Ubiquiti 2 years prior to training with success. My Ubiquiti networks are now more stable, perform at high capacities and now with more reliability. If you're experiencing Ubiquiti failures you need to use shielded cat6 with the grounding rg45 connectors. It solved my issues I have been mounting radios on watertanks and towers and they have sustained direct lightning hits on the structures without failures. Why Ubiquti? It's cheap, it works, it lasts, and if it fails? Its Cheap! Sell a network equipment warranty more RMR! And no I do not work for Double Radius. My Rep is Benton he rocks and sells me my Cambium as well.
"Airmax training" Ubiquiti approved training with certification.
How or do you use lighting protection?
Norris, Inc., S. Portland, ME | 03/24/15 11:02pm
From my experience, lightning protection, which includes the hardware and grounding cable, is more expensive than a nsm5-us. In many cases, both the surge and radio blow. Compared to other solutions (coax, twisted pair, copper) with protection between locations with different ground potential, fiber and wireless sites suffer rare blowouts. I have had few radio sight failures, except a couple tower sites with direct lightning strikes. In the old microwave days, with waveguide, radios would have survived. Running power over Ethernet or heads with coax and if frequencies always lose with lightning strikes.