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AirMax 8 Set Up - Point to Point / Point to Multipoint

The newest airOS version 8.7.0 brings a host of performance improvements such as, up to a 40% improvement for bridge links running in PtP (point to point) mode on 80MHz and improved device stability when handling larger numbers of client connections.

More importantly, 8.7.0 makes huge changes to the wireless UI. In an attempt to simplify the wireless mode settings, the well established drop down has been abolished.

This affects all Ubiquiti airMAX AC products – please see our shop page for a product list.

Old UI for airOS:

AirMax 8 Setup Point to Point / Point to Multipoint Image 1

The new simplified UI menu replaces airMAX AC-only mode with airMAX mixed mode by default (unless PtP mode is selected), meaning as long as your AP is an airMAX AC model, you can mix and match AC and non-AC stations. Wireless modes are now decided by toggle switches, we will go over some basic configurations for clarity on these.

Example 1 – AP PtMP:

AirMax 8 Setup Point to Point / Point to Multipoint Image 2

The above config would mean the unit is in Access Point mode as this is selected. PtP mode is switch off, which means it is in PtMP mode which, as we mentioned earlier automatically enables airMAX mixed mode.

Example 2 – AP PtP:

AirMax 8 Setup Point to Point / Point to Multipoint Image 3

This configuration has PtP mode enabled which disables airMAX mixed mode. You will now be shown a warning that in the current configuration, only AC stations would be supported.

Example 3 – Station PtMP:

AirMax 8 Setup Point to Point / Point to Multipoint Image 4

Lastly, this combination would mean that the unit is in Station Mode (as Access Point mode is off) and PtMP mode. AirMAX mixed mode would also be enabled automatically. This configuration could be connected to our first example.

In summary;

• AP Mode = On. Unit is in AP Mode

• AP Mode = Off. Unit is in Station Mode

• PtP Mode = On. Unit is in PtP Mode

• PtP Mode = Off. Unit is in PtMP Mode

• When PtP Mode = On. AirMAX Mixed Mode is disabled.

When setting up a new link, it is always recommended to scan the available frequencies and select the channel or channels that are best for your deployment.

There are a number of Ubiquiti products that allow you to create point to point and point to multi point connections and these can be found here - Ubiquiti UISP Airmax — The Tech Geeks

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