Although there’s fibre in our neighbourhood, the splitters on the poles around us are currently maxed out and we have to wait on them to be upgraded. So sadly no Fibre to the facilities for us moving in.
Ubiquiti to the Rescue
There are a couple of choices for our connection in the meantime though. very first there’s the 3G/4G/5G cellular network and this choice is currently bringing delight to numerous rural house owners around the country. Speeds of 50Mbps are typically attainable and I’ve heard of 150Mbps for some individuals with EE 5G sims. limitless data sim contracts are available from around £20 / month these days.
But with household next door with an FTTP connection, we’re going for choice 2 – a wireless bridge to our neighbours. We spoke with our buddies at Linitx and asked about the very best Ubiquiti units to utilize and on their recommendations purchased up a set of these NanoStation Loco units (Loco5AC).
Setup & Installation
Setup was quick and painless. We set the units up on the bench and after configuring our switch to Passive 24v PoE we booted them one each time and browsed to their web interface (default IP 192.168.1.20) and then…
Updated to the most recent firmware
Set static IPs
Setup the link SSID and Password
Set the one on the neighbours home to ‘Access Point’.
Remember that PTZ cam we installed at the extremely begin of the build? Well it’s time for it to find down now and relocation onto the new house. So now that PoE cord we ran for it implies we can just switch it to the NanoStation ‘Access Point‘, cord tie it to the pole and plug it in – you’ll requirement a 24v Passive PoE injector (the NS-5AC version includes 2 PoE ports which we might have utilized right here if the cam was staying).
During the build 3 separate Cat6 cable televisions were run to the West side of the home (that faces this AP) to provide us choices for IP CCTV locations. So we’re utilizing one of them in the meantime to link to the ‘Station‘ unit. this is powered from our 48 port UniFi PoE switch.
These NanoStations have a developed in devoted Wi-Fi Radio for administration which implies you can link to them within 15 minutes of a power cycle and configure them from the Ubiquiti Network administration System UNMS app (Android Play store or iOS app Store).
This is a fantastic function and the app includes an antenna positioning tool which utilizes audio tones to assist you line up the pair without having to gaze at your phone at the exact same time.
These P2P units are appropriate for outside (or indoor) and offer “up to 450+ Mbps”.
The distance between the 2 buildings right here is around 20 metres and we’re getting a tad over 300Mbps, which is fantastic thinking about the Web connection we’re bringing across is well below that at 70Mbps.
Whilst we’ve not had any rough weather condition because the units were installed, we have had lots of rainy days and haven’t discovered any degradation in performance.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Beaming a WiFi signal between buildings isn’t just something for the Enterprise. If you want to share a neighbours fibre or just send a network connection down to the garden shed, it’s never been simpler or much more affordable. The airMAX NanoStation AC loco provides Ubiquiti’s typical ratio of high function count to low cost. extremely recommended.
Available from Linitx : available from AmazonLinitx also offer this set with 2 units and injectors all prepared to go.
Ubiquiti LOCO5AC NanoStation Loco 5AC 5GHz 13dBi CPE
The Ubiquiti airMAX NanoStation AC Loco (LOCO5AC) is an indoor/outdoor, compact, high-performance CPE, featuring airMAX AC innovation and a devoted WiFi radio for management.
Range 10+ km
Make sure to inspect out all parts in this evaluation series…
Part 1 – Why I’ve selected UniFi for Our new house NetworkPart 2 – All Our UniFi Hardware has Arrived!Part 3 – airMAX NanoStation AC loco Wireless Network Bridge
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Last update on 2021-10-04 / affiliate links / pictures from Amazon product advertising API