I like to keep things short and simple so if you’re looking for a point to point set-up, then this “guide” is for you.
I looked into a few different PTP set-ups and eventually went with Ubiquiti NanoBeam ac Gen2 High-Performance airMAX ac Bridge (NBE-5AC-Gen2-US) since I have some of their equipment and was hoping it would integrate well with the rest of the equipment. Spoiler Alert… it does not appear on the controller as a device but only a client.
- Easy Deployment
- Not networking savvy
- Set-it and forget it attitude
- Less than 50 meters. Basically from my house to a neighbor across the street
- Plug-in one unit, go to the default 192.168.1.20 assigned to the device and set it up. If your network is on a different subnet then manually change it to 192.168.1.XX.
- Under wireless, set up a SSID and password. This is for the management radio not the WIFI the end client will use.
- Wireless mode: Access Point PTP or in the newer firmware, i believe it is AP PTP.
- Be careful not to set your Output power too low. Mine is set at 6dBm and distance is 0.1 mi.
- Under network, everything was kept as default except I allowed Management Network Settings to use DHCP and applied a fixed IP to it in the unifi GUI. Fill in the fallback DHCP IP to the fixed IP.
- Under System, i changed the device name to help differentiate.
Follow the exact same steps for the other one, except this time the Wireless mode should be station.
POE Pass-through ON if you’re going to power only 1 AP.
That’s it for set-up. However, I did notice that if I used a different DNS in the unifi controller under my LAN settings, the AP attached at the end would not get connected. I am still using Pihole under WAN and that works except now, all queries are from my router rather than the individual internal devices.
My signal strength on a clear day is -43 and when it is raining it is about the same plus or minus a 4.
Throughput is as advertised so really no concerns there.