Morning everyone -
I haven't posted in a while as most things Mikrotik have worked well within their inherent limitations - nonetheless is is great equipment for the price point and I don't think you can find anything more flexible to configure.
With all that being said...I've been testing the 60g radios, both wAP and the dish versions. They worked great overall in my test area. Yesterday however I took a pair to a live site to test. I was never able to test in the real world as I could not get the wAP 60G's Ethernet port to sync on any switch not matter what I set the switch speed or duplex to. The port just kept trying to sync.... I thought there was something wrong with my Cat6 cable...I put two cable testers on it, they indicated said 1gbps full-duplex was fine.... I then connected up two different laptops, both with 100mbps Ethernet ports, the wAP60g synced right up, 100mbps full-duplex. Tried the 100/1000mbps switches - no go.
Right now I have that wAP 60G back here in my shop.... I'm getting ready to go grab a 1000mbps dumb switch and see what happens....
Anyone else see this issue in the tests/live environments?
Hi Tom! Nice to hear/read from you again! It's been a long time ago!
I have 4 wAP 60G AP devices running v6.44beta28 connected to a Netonix PoE switch and they all have a 1Gb Ethernet connection for 2 months now without a single 'link down'.
The only problem I have is still a relative high amount of wirless link cuts with the wAP 60G's that are connected as station (bridge mode).
But then again, I have 4 x wAP 60G plus 3 x Ignitenet 60G going from one and the same tower. Although 60Ghz has a high fade and thus colocation is not a big issue I am afraid that I still have a bit of inteference making my link drop at time.
But I didn't touch them for some weeks now, maybe time to try newer ROS versions to see if things had improved.
We also have two LHGG-60ad making an important 320 meters backhaul that is rock solid. Even with heavy rain it doesn't come down and 1Gb+ aggregated is not a single issue.
I am replacing all my Ignitenet 60Ghz stuff (had 4 links of them) by these Mikrotik units.
Mikrotik is not only 1/4 of the costa (after price drop of ML still 1/2) but are so much more reliable.
In the 2 years we've had Metrolinq they replaced all my units under RMA once, they send me their latest models a year ago but still we see occasional link drops that need power cycles to get them back on line. For their price and "carrier grade" stuff I really think they are not doing very well.
Mikrotik's 60Ghz works soo much more reliable for a fraction of the cost. Ok, ML has 5Ghz backup they say.... well, only in limited fixed channels available with only simple csma protocol and the failover is still not very good. Much better to have a Mikrotik 60Ghz backhaul and the original 5Ghz backhaul as backup. Our backup kicks in within a second after a 60Ghz link drop. Only the recovery takes a bit longer.....
(I have still the same e-mail, we can have a chat again...!)
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Rudy R. Puister
WISP operator based on MT routerboard & ROS.