I'm in the process testing a point to multipoint solution with Microtik equipments. The goal is to see if it works with our needs and weather. If it does, I'll do 10+ sites with this setup so I want to make sure I have the most rugged and stable Microtik AP I can get.
Right now I'm testing with
-1 Omnitik 5AC
-100 meters between Omni and the different SXT
-3 SXT Lite 5 AC (seems they stop sellng them, will pick another model in the future)
My needs are
-Robustness of the equipment. Canadian winter is hard. This is the most important thing on my list. It cost much more to dispatch a technician to replace the AP than the cost of the equipment itself if it breaks.
-Don't need much speed, 10mbps is enough
-Link robustness is also important but I see no issue here so far. Haven't tried the SXTsq however.
Now my question is:
What is the difference between the square version and the regular round SXT. I like the square form factor better (smaller means less chance of ice falling on it). Square is generally half the price depending on the version. It has a tiny bit more gain but I don't care. Is it priced lower because it's lower quality?
I could also be considering the QRT 5, it seems more rugged but it's bigger and I don't need the extra gain.
Anyone tried both and can tell their experience?