I have been using NV2 for years, as it is the only way to alleviate the "hidden node effect" when using Mikrotik WiFi. Unfortunately, from the original Omnitik until the NetMetal, each upgrade which was supposed to make NV2 better, made it worse, at least in my scenarios (town-area wlan). Extreme vulnerability to noise, low performance even with one station and good signal, non-sense timing (increasing the period past 2-3ms further decreases the performance without visibly affecting ping and auto works in a completely black box manner), network radius that cannot be adjusted below 10Km(!).
With the advent of AC gear even more problems were added, such as the absence of spectral scan and TX Power indication - and even poorer performance. A NetMetal with a good quality dual-chain 13dBi omni antenna gives same or poorer performance with the same clients than the old Omnitik 5!
At the same time, UBNT gear is not great by any measure, but at least works reasonably well and keeps getting better both in terms of hardware design (second radio dedicated for scanning, better RF filters) and management (much better RF reporting, auto tx power, etc). And of course, their TDD solution (Airmax) works. It is only missing the GPS sync, but what use is GPS sync on Mikrotik, if NV2 performance makes it unfit for any serious use? Not to mention Cambium, which totally rocks in both PtP and PtMP scenarios but sucks in terms of their retail distribution.
It is a pity to see a company which once was the undisputable leader in the -then- emerging WISP market, become the pariah, the last of the herd. Ok, we still love MkTik for its awesome, first-in-class kickass routers, but WiFi? No, thanks. Of course it requires some serious investment to thrive in this fast-moving field, but the huge success of UBNT (who, again, just works without offering anything exceptional) proves that there is much to be gained.
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