One of the biggest challenges with indoor wireless installations is ensuring you have sufficient coverage - meaning no dead zones and good quality connections in all the necessary areas. While indoor wireless connections offer simple installation and very few cables, they are unpredictable and easily affected by numerous external factors such as walls (obstructions) and interference from other wireless devices. Thankfully, there are a few products available to users to easily extend existing coverage when it does not live up to your expectations.
One of the most frequent problems we find in the wireless industry is poor link performance with the blame cast toward the hardware. Occasionally, this is out of the user's control, as the laws of physics dictate what is possible in each environment. However, there are various tools available at our disposal to ensure we make the most of the hardware. Here are 5 simple ways you can improve your Ubiquiti wireless links.
Ubiquiti have decided to remove all pricing plans. That means exactly what it says — UNMS Cloud is now completely free of charge! Having a reliable network and business management tool is crucial for any WISP. Unfortunately, some companies offer these types of tools at inflated prices that affect an already tight budget. Ubiquiti's goal is to empower anyone who would like to start a new WISP to help provide internet connectivity where coverage is lacking, and this is their contribution to this effort.
Ubiquiti launches the Ubiquiti Speedtest, the first public test network integrated with enterprise network equipment. Ubiquiti Speedtest comprises a network of test servers and built-in speed test capabilities. Reports include uplink/downlink throughput and latency. Sharing the results is easy via email or social media.
What is QoS? QoS controls and manages network resources by setting priorities for specific types of data on the network. We use QoS to prevent the degradation of quality caused by packet loss, delay and jitter for sensitive applications such as real-time voice and video. This article aims to explain what options are available in EdgeOS and which may be most suited to your network.
GPS Synchronisation is a feature available on select airMAX products from Ubiquiti. When used, GPS synchronisation drastically reduces interference on co-located devices by syncing the devices' TX transmissions which would typically be 'heard' by half-duplex radios in co-located environments.
Ubiquiti selected the highest performance models from Ring, Nest, and Arlo and benchmarked them against the UniFi G4 Pro. This Blog post discusses the test results.
Ubiquiti's Unifi platform has changed the way we look at enterprise Wi-Fi deployments. Their free, easy-to-use controller software coupled with a wide range of hardware options make it a prime choice for wifi integrators. Using hardware controllers on site have become more and more popular as this allows for a dedicated piece of equipment for management and reduces risk of failure. UniFi takes this a step further and now allows for integration between UniFi Wi-Fi and their latest surveillance software, UniFi Protect.
Periodically, Ubiquiti hires Alethea Communications to perform third-party testing for their Access Point (AP) products. Alethea specializes in network stress testing services and products. They use various test methods with simulated and real client devices. This test used real client devices in a realistic environment with up to 100 devices. This method gives very reliable data for real-world performance.
Tested APs - This test focused on high-end 4×4 APs with one 2.4 GHz radio and one 5 GHz radio. The tested APs and their costs are summarized below.
Before setting up, mounting or configuring any wireless links, there are a few questions that you need to ask yourself before going ahead with the installation. Am I doing a PTP (point to point) or PTMP (Point to multi-point) link? Do I have clear line of sight to the other end/s? What equipment do I need to use? Answering these questions will help you plan your links to get the most out of your deployments. PTP or PTMP? This may seem like a trivial question but it is quite important. Depending on your answer to this question, all of the other questions will follow suit and be adapted to work for the answer. Must I cover a large number of connections coming back to a single point, or will there be individual links consisting of just two devices per link? PTMP topologies will generally achieve less bandwidth due to shared access to the wireless network.