That was the teaser that got so many people out to Vegas for the World Conference and the WISPAPalooza conference. I was personally unable to attend but instead sent two of my most trusted employees, Brad Smith and Logan Helms to endure a week of street vendors handing out their cards…you know what I mean. Now, down to business…
So, what was the “Revolution” Ubiquiti promised us? Well, for me the details are still a bit vague because I wasn’t there actually, not bitter mind you…but here is what I know so far and I will supplement when I get some better, more accurate information.
First, there were some new products released:
New NanoBeam M
The new NanoBeam M has a compact, all-in-one design with uniform beam width, efficient footprint and a faster processor. The NanoBeam can be easily mounted in a variety of ways thanks to the innovative mechanical design.
Yes, you heard that right, a 5 GHz version of the airFIBER, previously available in 24 GHz frequencies. Operating in the 5GHz band, airFiber 5 builds on the innovations in airFiber 24 to enable speeds up to 1Gbps and introduces new eXtended Range Technology (xRT) to provide 100+Km maximum range.
New EdgeRouter / EdgeRouter Pro
The latest addition to the EdgeMAX family, the EdgeRouter provides higher performance (over 2M packets per second), hardware switching and powerful EdgeOS software. The EdgeRouter is rack mountable and has 8 ethernet ports (EdgeRouter) or 6 Ethernet ports and 2 SFP ports (EdgeRouter Pro).
That’s it for the new products although someone said something about an airCAM with night vision but I am still digging into that.
Ubiquiti has always had the edge on the competition in the area of marketing, but now I understand they are going to move some of those dollars to the far edge of the network and partner with WISP’s like you to sell customers on your internet service provided over Ubiquiti Powered networks. That is truly revolutionary and at an important time while Cambium is rolling out their low cost, GPS Synced platform aimed squarely at Ubiquiti’s market. Again, more details when they become available.
Bottom line, this is an exciting time to be in wireless and to be a WISP and I can’t wait to see where this goes!