Published on January 15th, 2014 | by Alexis Argent1
A Quick Look and Review of the Ubiquiti NanoBeam M5 Wireless Bridge
The Ubiquiti NanoBeam is a new product series from Ubiquiti. The NanoBeam line builds on the platform set by its predecessor, the Ubiquiti NanoBridge. The NanoBeam models come with an advanced, screwless design that greatly improves the mounting process. Ubiquiti say that the NanoBeam will reinvent CPE with its advanced design and performance. With that in mind, let’s take a look.
Image showing the Ubiquiti NanoBeam M5-400 unboxed.
Both models have similar key features.
- 5GHz Frequency
- 2 x 2 MIMO
- 300mm (M5-300) /400mm (M5-400) Dish Reflector
- Easy Assembly and Installation
- Faster Processor Increases Performance
- Pole/Wall Mountable
- Double antenna performance over NanoStation
- Uniform Beamwidth Improves Noise Immunity
- 100% sonically welded seal for weatherproof performance
- Wind Survivability of up to 125 MPH
One of the main features of the NanoBeam products is the brand new, screwless design. On the older NanoBridge models, the set up was more difficult. This can be seen in our Ubiquiti NanoBridge Review. The different parts are slotted together before being clipped in place. The product is just as easy to disassemble. It seems Ubiquiti have taken a lot of time and care in producing this mechanism and the result is very impressive.
The NanoBeam directs energy in a tighter uniform beamwidth. By focussing the beam, noise immunity is improved by spatially filtering out interference. The NanoBeam also uses Ubiquiti’s Inner Feed Technology, integrating the radios into the feedhorn of the antenna.
Image showing the mechanism when assembled.
What’s in the Box?
The box contents for both models are as follows:
- NanoBeam Unit
- Mounting Kit
- 24V PoE Adapter
- Quick Start Guide
Look and Feel
Both the M5-300 and M5-400 have a similar appearance. The M5-400 is larger however. They both keep with Ubiquiti’s clean and smart design style. Neither model is heavy, meaning installation will not be difficult.
How does this Compare?
Apart from the size of the dish reflector, the two models are similar in many other features. They both perform at 5GHz, have a Atheros MIPS 74KC, 560 MHz Processor and PoE support.
To see a video review of the M5-300 and M5-400 NanoStation models, please watch below.
Alternatively see our detailed comparison chart for the full Ubiquiti NanoBeam range.
The Bottom Line
The Ubiquiti NanoBeam offers a new, sophisticated design with excellent performance, at a lower cost. With more NanoBeam models becoming available this year, Ubiquiti are providing a solution for almost any application.
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