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Pros: Worked reliably with my old Verizon USB760 and, now that I have upgraded, it seems to work reliably with my new UML295 for 4G, too.
Runs from 5V power applied to its mini-USB (not micro-USB) port, so I have been able to run it in my vehicle from a spare Tom-Tom automotive power adapter since they also use mini-USB.
Has more configurability than typical SOHO router, even ones costing a couple hundred dollars (though less, obviously, than OpenWRT/DD-WRT/Tomato or a Cisco-Catalyst-type router).
Cons: No obvious cons relative to specifications and its intended applications. Would love to see shell access to the underlying OS and built-in OpenVPN TUN client, but those are rare features for any router in this class, even ones costing a few hundred dollars.
Other Thoughts: I originally bought this to flash with OpenVPN, but never got beyond the OEM firmware tests with my mobile broadband USB modems: It worked so well, I now keep it -- with the original firmware -- in the work van 24/7 on an ordinary cigarette lighter to mini-USB power adapter.
I now have instant internet access while in customer's homes and businesses without asking for guest access to their wifi or hanging a fragile modem dongle off the side of my laptop and waiting for a connection. It's been great.
We may start buying more of these to flash with OpenWRT to install alongside our equipment in customer's homes. With appropriate filtering and a high-bandwidth middle-man server, we can use either stunnel or OpenVPN to circumvent the NAT employed by Verizon's eHRPD, allowing customers to remotely access their CCTV recorder and door-access panel when mobile broadband serves as their home internet connection. (A better option is Verizon's offer for static IPv4 addresses for a $500 one-time setup cost, but I have not been able to convince any of our customers to enroll.)
This review is from: Ubiquiti 5GHz 13dB NanoStation Outdoor 150Mbps CPE (LocoM5-US) US Version
Pros: Great performance. Compact, attractive, and well constructed. Versatile, yet reasonably easy configuration. Shell access, if desired, to underlying OS. Built-in site auditing and AP-to-AP bridge bandwidth testing. Includes power inserters for passive PoE. With correct bridge config, these will pass VLAN tags.
Since 5GHz band is rarely used and has poor penetration through walls, it is perfect for line-of-sight links as there is little contention for bandwidth.
Cons: Passive (non-standard) PoE: Must use included PoE inserter/can't power from conventional PoE switch or midspan. While molded mounting boss on back makes it easy to attach this this unit to a small-diameter pipe with worm clamp or included ty-rap, it makes it more difficult to install in any other fashion.
Other Thoughts: This is the same product as NewEgg's item #9SIA1EA0CD6577, which is from a different third-party seller: "Flytec". I would probably recommend the Flytec part # over this one as the seller of this product, Quantum, took far to long to ship and didn't provide a tracking number to reassure me that I should eventually expect something.
I have used these a few times for building-to-building bridges with great success. I preprogrammed the last pair as a bridge before sending them off with techs to be installed on a customer's 1/4 mile line-of-sight span. They returned saying the built-in bandwidth tester indicated a solid 90Mbps.
Incidentally, when our primary distributer sales rep saw the Ubiquiti manual on our table during a sales call, he commented that he's heard great things from other dealers about Ubiquiti's products — and he doesn't even sell this brand (that's why I get them at NewEgg).
This review is from: Ubiquiti NanoStation Loco M5 LOCOM5 Outdoor AP/CPE 2x2.11n 5GHz.
Pros: Great performance. Compact, attractive, and well constructed. Versatile, yet reasonably easy configuration. Shell access, if desired, to underlying OS. Built-in site auditing and AP-to-AP bridge bandwidth testing. Includes power inserters for passive PoE.
Cons: Passive (non-standard) PoE: Must use included PoE inserter/can't power from conventional PoE switch or midspan. Molded mounting boss on back makes it easy to ty-wrap to pipe, but ty-raps — especially the poor-quality ones they include — are a poor choice for a secure mount. Mounting to a flat surface, a telephone-type pole, or in any other fashion is actually more of a pain because of the molded pipe mount.
Other Thoughts: I have used these in building-to-building bridges to great success. IPerf shows 60+ Mbps over 1/8mile links. Since 5GHz band is rarely used and has poor penetration through walls, it is perfect for line-of-sight links as there is little contention for bandwidth.
Few U.S. channels were available before I applied the firmware update, whereupon a wide range of U.S.-legal channels became available. I typically configure each radio in one of the following 40Mhz-wide bands: ch 147-154 @ 5.735GHz-5.770GHz, ch 155-162 @ 5.775Ghz-5.810Ghz, and ch 163-170 @ 5.815Ghz-5.850Ghz
Very satisfied with the Ubiquiti products. I wish NewEgg would carry them directly instead of relying upon a third-party for order fulfillment (though Flytec has been OK).