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Published on June 1st, 2015 | by Jack Eagle

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Ubiquiti airMAX Rocket AC Range Review

The Ubiquiti airMAX Rocket ac range is a series of super fast point to point backhaul solutions for localised connectivity, offering 3 times more bandwidth with 802.11 ac than that of the 802.11 a/b/g/n standards. All models support the 5 GHz band however the Rocket 5 PTMP has Point to Multipoint functionality supporting internet connectivity to more than one site.

This entry will discuss the 3 models in the Rocket AC range from Ubiquiti.

Ubiquiti Rocket 5 AC Lite

The Ubiquiti Rocket 5 ac Lite is an ac radio that is built with high performance and ease of installation in mind. The Rocket 5ac Lite offers the freedom to deploy anywhere in the world, and it allows for a high degree of flexibility in configuring channel bandwidths (subject to local country regulations).

Key Features

  • Range – 50Km
  • Frequency – Full-Band 5 GHz
  • Throughput – 450+ Mbps
  • Ports – (1) 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • Link Type – PtP, PtMP (airOS®v7.1 or higher)
  • airPrism™ Technology – No

The Rocket5ac Lite adds PtMP functionality with a firmware upgrade to airOS v7.1or higher.

Ubiquiti Rocket 5 AC PTP

The Ubiquiti Rocket 5ac PTP includes airMAX ac technology, and also features airPrismTM technology to further enhance its performance. Integrated into Ubiquiti’s custom silicon, airPrism technology creates a high SNR by isolating signals within the operating channel and rejecting interference using specialized circuitry, the High‐Selectivity Receiver (HSR). Depending on the product model and operating mode, available channel widths may include 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, and/or 80 MHz.

Key Features

  • Range – 50Km
  • Frequency – Mid-Band 5 GHz
  • Throughput – 450+ Mbps
  • Ports – (1) 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • Link Type – PtP
  • airPrism™ Technology – Yes
  • Plug and Play Integration with airMAX ac Antennas

Ubiquiti Rocket 5 AC PTMP

The Ubiquiti Rocket 5ac PtMP is ideal for deployment in Point-to-MultiPoint (PtMP) bridging applications requiring maximum performance. The ac technology offers improved latency, noise immunity, scalability and significantly increases throughput performance.

Key Features

  • Range – 50Km
  • Operating frequency: 5470 – 5875 MHz
  • PtMP: 10/20/30/40 MHz
  • RF connectors: (2) RP-SMA (Waterproof)
  • Max. power consumption 8.5W
  • Power supply: 24V, 0.5A Gigabit PoE adapter
  • Power method: Passive PoE (Pairs 4, 5+; 7, 8 Return)
  • Operating temperature: -40 to 80° C (-40 to 176° F)
  • Operating Humidity: 5 to 95% noncondensing
  • ESD/EMP Protection: ± 24KV Contact / Air for Ethernet
  • Shock and vibrations: ETSI300-019-1.4
  • Certifications: CE, FCC, IC

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