Hello MikroTik Community,
We recently installed a Wireless Wire Dish Set spanning approximately 235 meters.
This is the set we are using: https://mikrotik.com/product/wireless_wire_dish and are on Router OS 6.42.6
We were hoping to have full signal strength (100) but have never gotten the dishes to stay solidly at full (100).
The signal strength has always varied in between 80 and 100 but rarely dropped below 80.
Usually the MCS stays at 8 but fluctuates below occasionally corresponding to signal strength.
The dishes are aimed well both by eye and using the MikroTik monitoring interface, we've gotten it to say center and made sure that we are not aimed on a side-lobe.
After aiming, the "aiming" tool inside the dish occasionally drifts, although there is no movement on the dish, it will say Center one moment, right 0.3 degrees, up 0.2 degrees the next, then will change to something like left 1.4 degrees, up 0.2 degrees, without any wind, movement of the dish, environmental changes, etc.
Does anyone else have any issues or tips for aiming these dishes? Power levels at this distance? Channel selection?
Are other people's dishes fluctuating this much? Do you all have solid full level (100) signal at short distances like under 250m?
Yesterday, we began seeing further unexplainable drops in the signal strength and the MCS rate as shown in the graph below. The graphs show the "normal" activity of fluctuating between 100 and 80, but the 8-hour graph shows the drops that we just can't explain. It wasn't a rain-fade or weather interference. These dishes actually haven't responded any differently to rain-fade but its a very short distance.
Does anyone have any clues as to why were seeing very low signal strengths? Or any thoughts on what could be causing these dips?
The setup is a clean line of sight from two buildings roofs that are about the same height.
The client side is on a 6 ft. pole and there are solar panels underneath, it used to be on a 3 ft. pole but we hoped getting a bit more height would help the signal strength issues, it does not seem that the taller pole did anything.
Has anyone had issues with 60ghz dishes or these Mikrotik Wireless Wire dishes interacting with solar panels?
Overall, I'm wondering what experiences other people using this setup are having?
Is your signal strength been rock solid at full (100) and never fluctuates?
Any disconnects? Tips for aiming? Power levels? Etc.?