Ubiquiti Releases AirMax ac

Ubiquiti Networks, a dominant provider of gear for Wireless ISPs, today announced the release of airMAX ac, with active RF filtering and other enhancements. Wireless ISPs can pair the airMAX ac BaseStation with the airMAX Sector Antenna for sector coverage in Point-to-MultiPoint (PtMP) networks.

AirMAX is Ubiquiti’s proprietary MIMO-based TDMA polling technology that’s generally a better match for WISPs than Wi-Fi’s contention protocol.

Ubiquiti says airMAX ac introduces several breakthroughs:

  • Proprietary ASIC powering AirMax AC protocol. Ubiquiti’s airMAX engine has been wired into custom silicon resulting in dramatic improvements in TDMA latency and throughput.
  • Active RF-Filtering technology for better radio selectivity in unlicensed wireless bands. It allows hi-capacity networks to be deployed seamlessly in high RF noise environments.
  • Advanced airOS Firmware. airOS 7 is the next generation of Ubiquiti’s firmware with dynamic configuration changes and enhanced device configuration, HTML5, RF analysis tools, a persistent user interface, and optimization for mobile devices.
  • Better RF performance antennas with the airMAX ac RocketDish and sector antennas to complement the airMAX ac Rocket radios.

“This isn’t just an update to our airMAX technology platform, but a full-scale overhaul and evolution to the entire platform, and our new custom ASIC provides a significant improvement in latency and scalability,” said Ben Moore, vice president of business development at Ubiquiti Networks.

Ubiquiti’s airMAX (with TDMA protocol) , EdgeMAX (routers) and airFiber (high speed backhaul), are the foundation for their push to deliver more bang for the buck for wireless ISPs, while their UniFi line of 802.11 “N” and “AC” wireless routers are targeting enterprises and WISPs with cloud management and seamless roaming.

Ubiquiti and Cambium Networks currently dominate the WISP industry. Cambium was created when Motorola Solutions sold their Canopy brand.

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