Ubiquiti Network 5Ghz Nanobeam AC Gen2 (NBE-5AC-GEN2-US)

(3 customer reviews)

$80.34

5 GHz NanoBeam AC Gen2. Easy to install. Easy to use. Highly durable product. Manufactured in China.

Easy to use. Highly durable Product
Easy to install
Manufactured in China

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  1. Ski Addict

    I have been using wireless bridges for almost as long as 802.11b has been around. But usually, they have been access points, with some form of bridge functionality that has been tacked on as an afterthought — often not terribly reliable, always a pain to set up (with terrible documentation on how to do so). I have gone through ~3 different models over the years.Then along comes Ubiqity with the NanoBeam. Super easy to set up, with a *nice* GUI accessible both via web browser, and from an iPad app. Separate management IP address, so the IP address under which you set it up need not be on the same network as the one you are bridging (great if for some reason you do have to reset and reconfigure the unit). It actually passes through the MAC addresses of the devices on the other side of the bridge, as opposed to mapping them all to the MAC address of the “slave’ bridge device. Passes through VLAN tags. Comes with mounting hardware and power-over-ethernet. There’s an app to help you align the directional antenna for best signal strength — but rather than just displaying signal strength on your computer, it has a “beep” mode where the pitch of the tone indicates signal strength: great when you have to adjust the thing with your head stuck in a place where you cannot look at your computer. It’s almost like someone there has actually *used* their software, and takes pride in it.As for performance, I get solid 400Mb/sec over a distance of ~50 meters — devices mounted indoors, so they have to shoot through glass and plastic (skylight dome), and there’s a medium-sied tree in the middle of the line of sight.No downtime yet, and it has a mode where it periodically pings an IP address, and resets itself if there’s no response in some time — haven’t turned it on yet, but that seems like another useful guard against problems.Overall, this is the first wireless bridge where I am totally happy. It just works, it works well, and the company seems to take pride in its products. Almost unheard of!

    Ski Addict

  2. mike

    Love the hardware, hate the documentation. If you are trying to build a wireless bridge between two points I highly recommend this product. You need to google this “airMAX – How to Configure a Point-to-Point Link (Layer 2, Transparent Bridge)”. This will give you a link to instructions to change the only two settings that need to be changed. To summarize:First you Please begin by restoring the radio to factory defaults. This is critical, especially if you are troubleshooting a problem. With your Windows PC or Mac computer configured to the 192.168.1.x subnet, connect it to the radio using an Ethernet cable. Using a web browser, enter 192.168.1.20 as the URL to gain access to the radio’s management console. Enter ubnt as the administration account and ubnt as the password. This article bases its configuration instructions on the network diagram above, you will only need to change the elements mentioned, everything else should remain with its default values.THen you set the one connected to the main router to1. Choose the |Wireless| tab, and only change: Wireless Mode: Access Point PTP2. Choose the |Network| tab, and only change: IP Address: 192.168.1.2 Click the Save button3. Reboot or power cycle the modem off and on before using this link for the first time.And the one at the second location to2. Choose the |Wireless| tab, and only change: Wireless Mode: Station PTP3. Choose the |Network| tab, and only change: IP Address: 192.168.1.3 Click the Save button4. Reboot or power cycle the modem off and on before using this link for the first time.

    mike

  3. M. Timmins

    After a year of struggling with Engenius garbage HW and firmware, I’ve shelved them for Ubiquiti Nanobeam’s (nonexistent technical support, FW features that aren’t implemented or don’t behave correctly, unstable hardware (system resets several times a day, inability to log-in consistently and on-and-on.) There are several decent videos to watch BEFORE installation/setup. The in-built tools and diagnostics are all-pro. I can’t comment on range but I have two units, line of sight at about 200 feet (home to pole barn) and at the lowest transmit power level (-4dBm) receive power is rock solid on both units at -48dBm with the antennas aligneed. Completely transparent to my network. I’m getting maximum AC performance through the pair (dashboard reports 655.2Mbps on both sides.) My only nit: I was a bit peaved that the walmount kit isn’t included as a simple accessory. I used a 3-3/4″ tapcon screw, through the mounting base and the units are super-tight. The walmount kit would have been more work and not looked nearly as clean in the end (I went into brick (house) and into metal/wood (polebarn) with the tapcon…perfect solution.) All in all, I regret messing around for a year with the Engenius junk…too many hours to count troubleshooting and they dipped well below my minimum support expectations (as in ZERO support.) The Ubuiquiti units outclass the Enstations in in every aspect. Time will tell on reliability but very pleased with installation, setup and performance out of the box.

    M. Timmins