Favorite Wireless Manufacturers 2016

By Brian Karas, Published Mar 07, 2016, 12:00am EST

Following up on our 2014 survey for Integrator's Favorite Wireless Products, here are the new results.

The top spot may not surprise you, but the changes among the other players have some interesting trends.

Ubiquiti Outranks *********** ** **** ******

******** ********* *****, *** people *** ****** ** be ******* ** **** result.  ***** *** ********, as * ********** ** the *****, **** ****** identical ** *** ******** survey.

*** ***** ***** ********** with ******** **** "********" and "*****".  *** **** never ********** **** ******** in *** *********: "*******".

  • "********. *** **** ********** in ******** & ****** available."
  • "******** ** ******** *** cheap"
  • "********, **** ********* *** reliable."

** *** *** *********** selecting *** *********** ******** equipment ******** ** **** to ****.

Fluidmesh ******* *** * ******* ******

********* **** *** *** place ****, ****** ** was * ******* *** with *% ** *** total *****.

********* *** **** ***** cited *** ***** ***** and ********* *******, ** area **** *** **** Ubiquiti's **** ***** ********.

  • "*********, **********, **** ** set ** **** ******** service."
  • "*********. * **** ***** security ******** *** ******* to ***** *** *********."
  • "********* - ***** *******"
  • "*********. **'* **** ********* but ** ******* ************ we **** *** **** success **** ****, ******** to ********. ** **** had **** ****** ******** issues **** ******** *** after ********** ** ************ all ** *****, ******** with ********* *** ********** worked *****. ********* **** is **** *** *******, but *** ***********, ********** installations, * ***** ********* Fluidmesh."

Engenius ****** *** *** *** *****

******** **** ** *** place, **** **** ***** 5% ** *** ***** vote.  ****** **** ******** cited **** ***** **** Ubiquiti, ** ********* **** Engenius ***** **** *******:

  • "** ***** ******* **** Engenius ** ******** ********, moving **** *** **** to ********."
  • "******** *** ******** ************ **** are **** *********** *** pretty ********"
  • "********. ***********, ***** *** support."
  • "********. ** *****, *** techs **** ****** ** up ****, *** **** have **** *******."

** ***** **** ******** a ****** ******* **** EnGenius, ***** **** **** seem ** **** * cost ********* *** ******** product **** **** ******** Ubiquitis ******* **********: *******.

FireTide ****** ***

********, ***** ******** **** 2 ***** **** ****, ********** ****** ********* ******** *** Fluidmesh.  *** ******* ********** Fluidmesh *** ******** ********** this:

  • "******** - *** **** my ******** ****** ** choice ** *** ****, but ***** **** **** purchased ** ****** ** 2012 **** **** **** down ****. ** **** started ***** ********* ** has **** ***** *** our ***** *** ** is **** ** ******."

******** *** ****, *******, almost ********** **** "******** video", *** **** ***** managed ** ****** ***** dominant ** **** ******.  After ***** **** *********** ******** ** ******** ****** even **** ****. ***** they ********* ** ***** **** on************ ************** ***********.  ***** are **** ***** *******, but **** **** **** can ******* **** ********* and ********** *********. 

A ***** *** ** ********** ****

*****, ******, ********, ******, *********, *** *** * couple ** ****** *** got * ******* ** two *** ** *********** rankings ***** *** ** them.

Cisco * ** ****

*****, ***** ****** *** place **** **** ****** got **** ******** ** this ******.  **** **** the ***** *************** ** ******** ********** it's ******** ** *** no ******** ** *****.  Cisco's ******* ** **** ****** *** be *** ** ***** lack ** *********** ******* development ** **** **** and ***** **** ** presence ** *** ******** market.

None *** ** ******* ***** ******

**% ** *** **** went ** * *********** of "****" *** "** Opinion".

* ***** ****** ** integrators ***** **** ******** that ******** *** ******** are *** ************ **** should *** ** *****.  19% ** *** ********* represented * ****** **** against ********, ***** **% showed ****** ** ********** for * ********** *******, or ** ***** ******* on ******** ** *******.

New ******* ******** - ******* ***********

******** ********** ********** *** video ************ *** **** low. Manufacturers *** ********* ******* to ***** ******* ********** *********** (2.4 ***, ****), ** uncrowded *** ****** ********** wave (*****) ***********.  ********** wave ***** ******* ** 1+Gbps **********, *** *** to *** **** **** transmission ********* *** **** can ** ********* ******** simply ** *** ****** in *** **********.

*** ******* ********* *** 60Ghz ***** ** ***** ********.  *******, ***** ***** high ****, ***** ** more ****** ** ** a ********** ** ******** or ********* **** **** are ********.  *** **** for ***** ******** ***** is **** **** ****** for ****** ****** *****, even **** (*) ** cameras ** * **** you *** ******** ** need **** **** *** 50+Mbps ***** **** ** a ******** ****.

Future *********** - **** ******

******** *** * ****** grasp ** *** ****** and ***** **** ****** need ** ** ******* **** by ** ******** ******* such ** ******* ******* issues. ******, **** ******** ***** ************** ****** * *** ***** ***.

* *********** ****** ** Ubiquiti ***** **** ** offer ****** *******. *** *****/****** support **** ********, *** fly-out-and-see-the-customer ******* **** *********.  This ** ****** *** not ********* **** ** going ** ** **** profitably ** * $*** pair ** ******.

* **** ** ******** used ******** ****** (********** M2) **** * ****** price ** $***.  **** if * ********** ***** cut **** ***** ** half ** ******'* ****** affect ****** **** ****.

***'* ****** * ****** gets * ***** ******** on *** ******** (***** is **** ********* *** slim ****** ***'** ****** an ************* ***** ****** of *********), **** *** the **** ** ****** for $***.  ****** ** 50%, ****** **** * $210 ******* *****.  * half-price *********** ***** **** a $*** ******* *****.  But ***** *** ****** of *** ***** ******** are ****, ***** ** some **** **** ******** for ************.  ***'* ****** 4 ***** ** **** time ** ******* *** pair, ****** ** $***/**:

  • ******** ******: $*** + $400 = $*** *********
  • **** ***** *********** *****: $105 + *** = $505 *********.

***** *** **** ** the *****, **** * steeply ********** *********** ***'* really **** * *** dent ** *** ********* price, *** * **% reduction ** ***** ** highly ***********.  ********* **'* hard *** * ********** to **** ** ****** Ubiquiti's *****, *** **** solid ******* *** **** a ****** ********.  *** dealer ** ****** *** radio *** $*** **** a ******** *********** *** might *** **** *** $110 **** *** *******.  Subtract *** ** *** cost ** ********* *** assembly *** ***** ***'* much **** **** *** support.

Cheap ******** ******** ***** ***********

**** ***** *********** **** that ***** ******** ******** available ******** ****** ** a ********* ** ***** business.  **** *** ** true *** **** ******* categories, *** ****-***** ******** may *** ** *** of ****.  ***** **'* not ********* ** ***** a **** ** ************ as * **** ***** transparent ******, *** ***** settings *** **** ***-******* to * ********** ******.  This ** *** **** of *** **** * savvy ********** *** ****** * ******* ***, *** ******** ********* lesser ******* ***** *********** from **** ******* **.  The *** **** ** the ********, *** *** savings **** ********* * cable **** ******** $**** to ******* $*** ***** of ******** * ********* bargain.

Comments (5)

We had a recent install in a downtown area where the following conditions were factors in the decision to use Siklu:

1. 2 Axis Q3709 (there are 3 4K sensors in each camera) producing a total bandwidth of about 75Mbps per pole

2. 3-5 poles per ring totaling 225 - 375 Mbps

3. City Downtown where aesthetics are important (6"x6" radios)

4. Downtown city causing potential interference

5. Many links in very close proximity to others links (channel selection was important)

Siklu was a unique product that was perfectly suited for this install. Multiple hops (each with cameras), high bandwidth requirements, and ERPS for redundancy in the links. With the newer cameras coming out that require more and more bandwidth a product that is out of the common bands with such a high throughput and small form factor has its place.

We have had nothing but a great experience with their product.

Jonathan,

Thanks for the feedback. That is consistent with the niche use we see for Siklu.

Btw, as for:

"With the newer cameras coming out that require more and more bandwidth"

Actually, I think the opposite trend is more likely in the next few years due to the emergence of smart codecs.

Agreed, can the codecs keep up with the megapixels? It seems as if those two are always in a race... files get larger, compression gets more efficient. I believe the processor in the Axis Q3709 is manufactured by Amberella, this has shunted their ability to use their new zipstream technology, and in turn made the stream size significant.

Just curious, FluidMesh was about 8%, Engenious fell to 5%, did Ubiquity receive over 80% of the votes, or was many other wireless manufactures mentioned that took some of that margin down?

34% of the vote went to a combination of "None" and "No Opinion".

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