This article answers some of the most common questions about airMAX. Click on the questions that interest you to see the answer. This article will be updated as more common questions are brought to our attention. If you feel that a question is missing, please click the feedback button at the bottom of this page and let us know!
Frequenty Asked Questions
What is airMAX priority?
Is there any benefit to using Rocket5AC Prism with Non-Prism Sector antenna and then nanobeam AC as CPE?
What is the difference between Router and SOHO Router mode?
- In Router Mode, the WAN interface is the wireless interface, and the Local LAN interface is the Ethernet port.
- In SOHO Router mode, this is reversed so that the WAN interface is the Ethernet port and the Local LAN is the Wireless interface.
What are the maximum numbers of clients that can connect to M and AC Access Points?
- M: 127
- AC: 85
- AC with GPS Sync enabled: 60
- 2AC: 50
What radios support UNII1, UNII2 and UNII3 bands?
What is the range of airMAX devices?
What are the differences in performance for 20MHz and 40MHz channel width and when to set it?
- You always want to use the smallest channel width possible.
- The wider your channel width, the larger your spectrum footprint is. 40MHz can cause self-interference and is the most vulnerable to interference from other wireless radios, but it can provide greater throughput than 20MHZ.
- 20MHz commonly provides enough throughput without being affecting by as much outside interference or causing interference with other radios.
What is airSelect?
What is the best signal strength and noise floor?
- You want your signal to always be between a -45 and -65 dBm.
- Signals that are “too hot” -40dBm or greater can increase EVM and reduce performance. These should be indicated in red on the APs Station List (AC)
- The way to decide what signals you need is to look at the Signal to Noise Ratio, also known as SNR. For best performance, we recommend an SNR of at least 25 but preferably 30 or greater. So, if you have a noise floor of -90 dB, you will need to have at least a -65 signal.
Why would I use the IsoStation or PrismStation?
Both the IsoStation and the PrismStation have four different antenna options.
- Asymmetrical 90°
- Asymmetrical 60°
- Symmetrical 45°
- Symmetrical 30
Signal range is up to 5+ km (3+ miles) for both.
The only difference between the two is the PrismStation has airPrism and GPS for better co-location. The IsoStation is a less expensive alternative for deployments that do not need as much isolation.
Asymmetrical horn antenna options (60° and 90°) have naturally attenuated side lobes and extremely low back radiation, and they offer industry-leading front-to-back ratio and low side lobe radiation. Symmetrical horn antennas (30° and 45°) are ideal for cluster sector installations with high co-location requirements.
What is airPRISM?
Low CCQ; what is it and how to make it better?
- Make sure that the units are properly aligned.
- Check for noise in the area and select the channels accordingly
- If there is a lot of noise, consider reducing the channel width of change the channel
- Make sure that you have a clear line of sight
- Make sure that the distance is set to auto (Advance Tab)
What is Enhanced TX Modeling?
Where can I find 7.1RC?
Does airMAX support connections with standard WiFi?
AC series devices do not connect with non-airMAX devices.
M series devices in Station mode can connect to standard Access Points. In Access Point mode with the airMAX protocol disabled, these units will broadcast a signal that standard devices can connect to.