Published on December 11th, 2013 | by Alexis Argent1
A Quick Look and Review of the Ubiquiti NanoBridge M5 Point-to-Multipoint Wireless Bridge
A low cost, long range and efficient CPE, the Ubiquiti NanoBridge range is available in both Ubiquiti 22dBi and Ubiquiti 25dBi models. Part of the Ubiquiti airMAX range, the NanoBridge is a versatile and powerful wireless device that can be used as a Point-to-Point link, Point-to-Mulitpoint link or a wireless client. Read on to see more of the Ubiquiti NanoBridge M5.
- 400MHz Atheros Processor
- 32MB SDRAM and 8MB Flash
- 2x 10/100 BASE-TX Ethernet
- Up to 100+Mbps Real Outdoor Throughput
- Up to 30km+ Range
- Passive PoE
- RoHS Compliant
Featuring intelligent QoS, priority over the wireless connection is given to voice / video, resulting in seamless access. Ubiquiti’s InnerFeed technology is also utilised, which means the entire radio system is integrated into the feedhorn of the antenna, so no extra cables are necessary.
AirMAX technology allows up to 300 clients to send and receive data using pre-designated time slots scheduled by an intelligent AP controller. This method maximises air time efficiency, improves latency, throughput and scalability compared to other outdoor systems in its class.
What’s in the Box?
In the NanoBridge M5 box, you will find:
- 1x Reflector Dish
- 1x Antenna Feedhorn (two pieces)
- Mounting Kit (Brackets x3)
- Mounting Screws and Restraints
- PoE Adapter
- Power Cable
- Product Documentation
Look and Feel
The NanoBridge is a compact reflector dish antenna. Weighing just 1.5Kg, it is of a high enough quality build to be resilient, but light enough to be installed without too much difficulty. The NanoBridge fits in with Ubiquiti’s distinctive colour scheme and branding.
How Does This Compare?
Ubiquiti Networks have been at the forefront of the wireless market for the last few months, recently releasing a showcase of new products like the airFiber 5 and airFiber 5U. Another interesting product recently revealed was the NanoBeam which is set to gradually take over from the NanoBridge. The NanoBridge is the older model with a slightly slower processor and shorter range. However, the NanoBridge is still one of the best, most versatile wireless clients in it’s price range on the market and will not be phased out by the NanoBeam for a while yet.
The NanoBridge M5 operates on the faster, 5GHz band as opposed to the NBM2 which uses the 2.4GHz band. Ubiquiti, as well as the rest of the market are well underway of making the shift from 2.4GHz devices to 5GHz. The NBM5 has a faster 560MHz processor than the M2’s 400MHz Atheros.
The Bottom Line
Although the new Ubiquiti NanoBeam is now shipping worldwide from 4Gon Solutions, it will not be completely phasing the NanoBridge out for some time yet. So, for an extremely versatile, high performance and cost effective wireless bridge, this is still a great option. The 100+Mbps throughput over 30+km, make it ideal for a variety of different applications.
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