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Rocket dish RD-5G30 verses M5airmax

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Rocket dish RD-5G30 verses M5airmax

I have two Rocket Dish RD-5G30 with out radio The radio apears to be $81.00 on amazon and befor i buy the radio would i be any better just getting the Ubiquity PBE-M5-400-iso power beam @ $150.00 ea 


would one be better than the other  P2P   7 mile path?

when installing Power Beams on a tower, one north one east one west  on a rohn 25   can you put one on each leg or stack two directly above each other a foot apart with out interference?  what is recomended spacing?

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Ubiquity PBE-M5-400-iso power beam @ $150.00 ea

You mentioned cost, so I did a cost comparison.
Ubiquity PBE-M5-400-iso power beam @ $150.00 ea  26 dBm, 25.0 dBi = 51   dB
Mikrotik LHG-5 ..........................................$75              25 dBm, 24.5 dBi = 49.5 dB
Mikrotik LHG-HP5......................................$95              28 dBm, 24.5 dBi = 52.5 dB
Mikrotik LHG-HP5-XL................................$110            28  dBm, 27.0 dBi = 55    dB

I have 1 Ubiquiti M5 PBE and several Mikrotik LHGs in use.
The Mikrotik LHGs are lighter and easier to install and aim.

Install 2 nodes "with out interference?"

My tests indicate that, as long as the channel/bandwidth does not overlap, there is no interference.
If same site channel/bandwidth overlaps, there is interference...a reduction in throughput.
Vertical separation is best.

I hope this helps,

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I really like the Mikrotik LHG series products for MESH usage at non-commercial sites. The processor and network performance seem to be quite a bit better,  The advantage for the UBNT Powerbeam series is that they are "Carrier Grade" Commercial quality construction capable of taking a beating from the elements, which only makes sense due to the difference of materials: Metal vs Plastic.  The ISO versions of the UBNT devices also offer more side rejection from nearby devices.

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RocketDish 30 is very big

Another thing to consider about the RocketDish 30 is that it is pretty large and will offer a pretty sizable wind load, You may wish to save it for a long-haul connection mounted on a very stable structure.

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