Solid products as long as the right product is chosen for the situation
November 04, 2021

Solid products as long as the right product is chosen for the situation

Jeff Fullerton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Ubiquiti Wireless WAN

We currently have devices providing 4 links between schools. Two are using AF-24, one is using AF24-HD and one is using AF-5. One link using AF-24s is 1.5km (about a mile) and provides a solid link at 650-700Mbps through any weather. The AF-24HD is in a dual relay (4 devices) between schools in different towns. One link goes 8.5km (5.3miles) from a school to a water tower and the second goes 650m (about 2,000 feet) from the water tower to another school. This link has been solid at 700-750Mbps through any weather. The AF-5, which connects two schools 200m (650 feet) apart, has been having issues since it was installed. This link needs to be continually monitored and adjusted due to interference. The 5Ghz band is too crowded to be used in any area with close neighbors. Due to our wireless access points also using 5Ghz, as well as that of third-parties, almost all of the frequency is used. Moving our wireless access points off of a reserved range causes third-party wireless access points to prefer this reserved range. We are looking into replacing this with either a pair of AF-24 or AF-60 devices.
  • Solid, reliable connections on higher freqencies
  • Good view of current status of frequency congestion
  • Fairly easy installation and alignment
  • Congestion troubles on 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz
  • Auto channel switching would help with the lower frequencies
  • Cost efficient
  • Easily managed
  • Saved money by not running fiber optics
  • Less experienced support personnel needed
When looking into Cisco options for WWAN, there were two issues we encountered. Up front as well as yearly maintenance costs for each device was considerably more expensive than the Ubiquiti options. And, although the Cisco options have more options to configure, it requires more knowledge to configure and maintain.

Do you think Ubiquiti Wireless WAN delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Ubiquiti Wireless WAN's feature set?

Yes

Did Ubiquiti Wireless WAN live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Ubiquiti Wireless WAN go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Ubiquiti Wireless WAN again?

Yes

Any distance with a clear view between would work for these devices. Choosing the right device for the link is critical. Lower frequencies can go farther distances but have the issue of interference and large fresnel zones. Some areas may need a taller tower to avoid the fresnel zone. Higher frequencies have smaller fresnel zones have less interference and can potentially offer more bandwidth, however, the higher the frequency, the less range it has.