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Published on July 1st, 2015 | by David Frith

Ubiquiti airFiber 5U Video Review / Unboxing

This week on 4G TV we unbox and review the Ubiquiti airFiber 5U.

Watch the video above.

Ubiquiti airFiber 5U – Transcript


Hello and welcome to 4G TV, 4Gon Solutions’ product review channel.

I’m Alex Miller, part of the technical sales team at 4Gon Solutions and our sister company VoIPon, both leading distributors of communications equipment and serving customers worldwide.

Today we’re going to look at the Ubiquiti airFiber 5U, a Carrier Class, Point-to-Point, Gigabit radio from Ubiquiti, designed exclusively for the popular licensed high band 5 GHz spectrum.

Let’s get started.

The airFiber 5U comes complete with:

  • airFiber Unit,
  • PoE adapter,
  • Power cord,
  • Mounting Equipment,
  • And documentation.

Just like the airFiber 24, the airFiber 5U is large, fairly heavy and has excellent build quality. It looks great, fitting in with the current Ubiquiti product line, and you can see here that it is the first product to ship with the updated Ubiquiti branding.

The Ubiquiti AF5U has features that include:

  • 1 Gigabit per second plus of real data throughput,
  • A range of 100 plus kilometers,
  • Frequency (FDD) and Hybrid (HDD) Division Duplex operation,
  • Operation in the high band 5GHz frequency spectrum,

The advanced slide-clamp design allows for the mounting hardware to be pre-assembled before the installation. The drop-in cradle mount then allows the installer to attach mounting hardware without having to support the weight of the airFiber.

Both the airFiber 5 and airFiber 5U are available for the 5 GHz spectrum. The 5 operates on mid-band frequencies, while the 5U uses high-band from 5.7 to 6.2 GHz. While removing the need for underground cabling, the 5 and 5U are also license-free, meaning it can be operated without any special permit. Just install and go.

After reviewing the airFiber 5U, we’ve given it a 4Gon Rating of 10 out of 10.

The stand-out feature of this model is the incredible distance, reaching over 100 kilometers, even at a high throughput of over a gigabit per second in the high band 5 GHz spectrum. The airFiber 5U truly offers exceptional performance at a market disruptive price.

So that was our review of the Ubiquiti airFiber 5U.

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