Unifi AP-Nano-HD... Wow! Impressed

tangoseal

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So this is not a question post but more of a shared experience and EXTREMELY limited in scope at that.

So my test setup is simple.

Threadripper 2950x (CPU doesn't matter for this)
Gigabyte Aorus X399 Extreme Mobo
Intel AC 8265 onboard Wifi

No I do not use wifi on this rig ever, except as a backup, or hotspotting phone when Comcast goes down. Normally 10GB ethernet into my Cisco switch.,

I just got this Nano HD model from MIcrocenter. I also traded some equipment for an AP HD from another user on Hardforums so I am waiting on that antenna as well.This Nano has some reach. Blankets my home in Wifi from top to bottom and I have 3 functional stories in my log cabin style house. No steel beams in the walls etc... so easier to penetrate than some other homes out there.

I was running an APLR and it certainly has some reach but it is not as fast as this one. In fact about 20 MiB/s slower on average.

For now I am impressed here is a screen shot of me pulling a 2GiB dummy file from my FreeNAS box via dual channel wifi on my motherboard. Keep in mind this is not MU-MIMO and there is background wifi traffic in my home right now, i.e. Sonos is streaming and 2 security cameras, not unifi are also streaming to a makeshift DVR.

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For comparison sake and just for fun here is a 10GB dummy file from my FreeNAS server. It is only running 6 spindles right now since I am rebuilding the spindles with larger drives. I normally have 8 spindles running. So this is the max output of the combined spindles.

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I ordered a new PCIe Intel based Mu-MIMO Wave 2 card for another PC in my home. I will post the results of AC Wave 2 to an AP Nano HD and then an AP-HD (the bigger brother to the Nano) as soon as I get it.

I hope this is informative to those whom might consider these Wave 2 AC APs from Ubiquiti.
 

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Update... so I ordered this card, which is a Intel 9260 2x2 AC Wave 2 with 160ghz channel width.
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Installed it into my upstairs PC, AMD 2600x.

And this is the result... I am nearing Gigabit Speed. Only thing that will make it better is when 3x3 mu-mimo Wave 2 AC Desktop Cards come out. Just a matter of time and I think we finally will have achieved true 1gbps over wifi. Only took 15 years or more.

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Update... so I ordered this card, which is a Intel 9260 2x2 AC Wave 2 with 160ghz channel width.
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Installed it into my upstairs PC, AMD 2600x.

And this is the result... I am nearing Gigabit Speed. Only thing that will make it better is when 3x3 mu-mimo Wave 2 AC Desktop Cards come out. Just a matter of time and I think we finally will have achieved true 1gbps over wifi. Only took 15 years or more.

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Nice.

I use a Microtik wireless wire to shoot a signal to a switch across a big room and average faster transfers than that, so it is doable.

Haven't had much success with the Intel 9260 but it's only matter of time until a Wifi 6 card comes out.
 

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Those are some bitching speeds. I can only get about 400-500mbit from ac-lite in wall APs. Still plenty. Love unfi gear. The shit just works
 
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I was floored when the integrated WiFi in my recent PC build was able to run up around 860Mbps. Since that PC is rarely used for anything other than streaming (HTPC), it's fine, but I'll go wired with it after this next batch of network upgrades. Nice speeds, bro. I do like it.
 

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Those are some bitching speeds. I can only get about 400-500mbit from ac-lite in wall APs. Still plenty. Love unfi gear. The shit just works
In your unifi controller turn off uplink and monitoring or whatever it's called. It's going to Improve your throughput at least 25%

Also I wanted to edit and add...

The Intel 9260 controller is a pain to work with on getting true 160mhz to work right. I had to force the card to run in only literally WIreless AC and no other modes allowed before it would allow me to connect at more than 867mbps. You also need line of sight or near line of sight to get maximum speeds, otherwise they just drop below 1gbps. Which is kind of sad. Maybe when 3x3 Wave 2 cards come out they will run through walls this fast.

I am waiting diligently on Wifi 6 to drop! That will be a huge improvement.
 
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Wag

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In your unifi controller turn off uplink and monitoring or whatever it's called. It's going to Improve your throughput at least 25%

Also I wanted to edit and add...

The Intel 9260 controller is a pain to work with on getting true 160mhz to work right. I had to force the card to run in only literally WIreless AC and no other modes allowed before it would allow me to connect at more than 867mbps. You also need line of sight or near line of sight to get maximum speeds, otherwise they just drop below 1gbps. Which is kind of sad. Maybe when 3x3 Wave 2 cards come out they will run through walls this fast.

I am waiting diligently on Wifi 6 to drop! That will be a huge improvement.
That's why the Mikrotik wireless wire is so great. You just set it up and let it go. As long as you have line of sight you're going to get high speeds. I easily get consistent 90-110MB/s wireless transfers to my NAS. I'm really only limited by the speed of my drives. On top of that it's only ~$170.

That said, I'm hoping once a stable wifi 6 mesh system arrives I'll be able to change to that. The Asus wifi 6 mesh setup looks interesting.
 
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