02-12-2018 07:45 PM
I live in a town where the government provides free internet with these type of devices: https://i.imgur.com/a3kXqmB.jpg
I think they are Wavion WBS-2400. They are all 2.4ghz, they promised 5ghz APs but so far they are only in the bigger towns. I am currently using a TPLink TL-WA7210N to connect, but not very happy with the performance. This device has a "Throughput Monitor" option that shows a good "Receive" rate, but very poor "Transmit" rate. I am looking to replace the it, and after some research found that ubiquiti seems to be a reputable brand on this field.
Here's a map with the APs near me, im the blue dot, numbers on top of the antenna icons are the approximated distance in meters to me, number below it is just to ID them:
The TL-WA7210N is about 9 meters high and currently pointing and connecting to AP 1, using the device "Survey" feature, I can also see the APs 2, 5 and 9 and some others if I point it to other directions, but AP 1 is the only one that seems to give a stable connection (but quite slow). I have LOS to some of the APs, but all with trees as obstacles.
I have been looking at ubiquiti products and think my options are either a Bullet M2 (I would use it with a 12 or 15dbi omni antenna like this: https://i.imgur.com/G3TOROu.jpg), or a NanoStation/Loco M2, any other devices I could use to connect to one fo the APs and then connect it to my router to share that internet connection at home via with it?
I like the idea of using Bullet since with an omnidirectional antenna I wont have to point it, just put it up high and if I am lucky I may be able to switch between the APs I connect to, but I am not sure if it will have too much range and interferences issues.
Would love to hear some advices on what ubiquiti product/antenna combination would be a good replacement for my current device.
02-13-2018 04:24 AM
02-13-2018 06:47 AM
You want to avoid using an onni direction antenna and instead use something more directional. Just like omni antennas can pick up signal from any direction (360), they will also pick up noise/interference in all directions.
It is hard to tell the distance between you and the AP since there isn't a scale on the map. How far away is the AP?
Could you share screenshots of what you are currently seeing for site Survey and any other wireless stats?
02-13-2018 09:00 AM
On this map image: https://i.imgur.com/okPfFOQ.jpg you can see all the APs near me (im the blue dot), and the number on top of each AP is the distance in meters to me, for example AP 1 (the one I connect to) is 280 meters away.
Here's a screenshot of the "survey" from the tplink: https://i.imgur.com/sVmfHuf.png
The first one (GobSL-CR-03) is the one I connect to (marked as AP 1 in the map). This is a screenshot of the "Throughput Monitor" of the device: https://i.imgur.com/QnHkisA.png
I don't think this device provides any other info/stats.
02-14-2018 08:03 AM
Something like a NanoStation would be a good all-around option, but you will most likely see similar results to what you have now with the TPlink.
More directional units w/ higher antenna gain like the PowerBeamM2 would give you the best range but would require some alignment for best results.