Client Hardware

A lot has changed since HamWAN first launched. We used to recommend the Poynting 5.9 GHz 30 dBi grid and Mikrotik RouterBOARD Metal 5SHPn wifi radio to everyone. Now, many HamWAN sites are capable of MIMO -- meaning you'll get the best performance out of a similar MIMO client modem -- and there is a lot more compatible hardware on the market than there was before. Here is a comparison of a few options.

Considerations when choosing hardware

Client Hardware Comparison

Description Model Antenna Gain Transmit Power Effective Radiated Power (ERP) MIMO Wind Load Survivability Price
This is the original HamWAN recommended client kit. It is still one of the strongest antenna and modem combinations available, but it does not support MIMO. If you are connecting to an older HamWAN site without MIMO, this solution is optimal. For newer sites, you'll get better speeds with MIMO hardware. Additionally, it looks like the antenna is not manufactured anymore. Poynting 5.9 GHz 30 dBi grid antenna
and Mikrotik RouterBOARD Metal 5SHPn modem
30 dBi +31 dBm +61 dBm No ? 100 mph $81
$86
Total: $167 + shipping
This is essentially the kit we use for PtP links on mountain-top HamWAN sites. It is very robust, but is also the most expensive option listed here. It is only necessary when icing is expected or optimal performance is required. ARC ARC-DA5830SD1 2ft 30dBi dish
MikroTik RouterBOARD RB912UAG-5HPnD-OUT MIMO modem
MikroTik FlexGuide jumpers
RPSMA to N adapters
Optional RF Armor UDR235 radiation shield
30 dBi +30 dBm +60 dBm Yes ? 125 mph $118
$74
$8
$10
$130
Total: $340 + shipping
An alternative to the 2-ft ARC dish above, but using all first-party Mikrotik hardware. FlexGuide jumpers are included with this dish and do not need to be ordered separately. Mikrotik mANT30 2ft 30dBi dish
MikroTik RouterBOARD RB912UAG-5HPnD-OUT MIMO modem
Optional Mikrotik Sleeve30 shielding and radome
A radome only is also available.
30 dBi +30 dBm +60 dBm Yes 400 lbs @ 125 mph 125 mph $116
$74
$89
Total: $279 with free shipping
Integrated panel antenna and modem MikroTik RB911G-5HPnD-QRT 23 dBi +30 dBm +53 dBm Yes ? ? $149
Integrated dish antenna and modem. This device comes in a US and International/World version. Be sure to buy the world version! The US version cannot tune to HamWAN 5.9 GHz channels. You will need to provide a copy of your license to purchase. MikroTik RB LHG-5nD 24.5 dBi +23 dBm +47.5 dBm Yes ? ? $55
Integrated panel antenna and modem Mikrotik RB SXT 5HPnD r2 16 dBi +30 dBm +46 dBm Yes ? ? $77
Integrated panel antenna and modem Mikrotik RB SXT 5nD r2 16 dBi +27 dBm +43 dBm Yes ? ? $51

Avoid Mikrotik's 802.11ac modems. These are incapable of tuning the 5 and 10 MHz channels used by HamWAN and are therefore incompatible.

Still not sure what you need?

Drop by the mailing list or IRC channel and give us some details about your project. We'll try to find a good match.

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