For the first time in our history, we are offering two different models of the AyrMesh Hub2 – the Hub2x2 and the Hub2T. What’s the difference?
The difference between these two is fairly simple: ultimate bandwidth (upload/download speed) vs. ultimate range (between Hubs).
Both Hubs will provide excellent range and speed to your WiFi devices – phones, tablets, laptops, WiFi cameras, sensors, controllers – there are literally millions of different WiFi devices that will work with the Hubs. If your device is equipped with 802.11n MIMO, the AyrMesh Hub2x2 will provide up to twice the speed of the AyrMesh Hub2T.
We have not been able to find any difference in the range from either Hub to a “normal” device – both are high-power access points with large, powerful antennae. However, the range from Hub to Hub is different.
The real difference is in setting up multiple Hubs – the Hub2x2 is designed to provide maximum bandwidth – up to 70 Mbps in testing – at the cost of range, while the Hub2T maximizes the range at the cost of bandwidth. The bandwidth from a Hub2x2 to another 2×2 is at its maximum when they are a mile or less apart. Putting Hub2x2s 1 mile or less apart generally gives you a continuous “cloud” of WiFi coverage, so your devices can always be connected to one Hub or another with good signal strength and speed. Hub2x2s can be positioned up to 2 miles apart, but the bandwidth falls off sharply.
The Hub2T, on the other hand, offers limited bandwidth – up to about 35 Mpbs in testing – but that bandwidth is better preserved at longer ranges. For instance, we set up a Hub2x2 as a Gateway Hub and used both Hub2x2 and Hub2T Hubs as Remote Hubs yielded interesting results. At one mile, the Hub2x2 saw almost 40 Mbps, while the Hub2T was just over 20 Mbps. At two miles, however, the results were very different – the Hub2x2 saw only 10 Mbps, while the Hub2T had almost 18 Mbps.
One other consideration is power – if you are going to power the Hub with solar or wind power, the Hub2T only draws about 4 watts, while the Hub2x2 draws almost twice that.
Which to choose?
For your Gateway Hub, the Hub2x2 is almost always the best answer. If you have Internet service at less than 30 Mbps., it really doesn’t make a difference in terms of Internet speed, of course (your Hub can’t make your Internet access faster). But you will have more bandwidth on your own network, which makes simple things like printing or downloading a file off a local file share faster and makes it more practical to do things like stream media from a local server or use multiple high-resolution security cameras.
The only exception is if you have Remote Hubs in the first “circle” around your Gateway Hub that are going to be more than 2 miles away, you might want to have a Hub2T as your Gateway Hub to reach those Remote Hubs.
For Remote Hubs up to a mile away, again, we recommend the Hub2x2 for maximum bandwidth. For any Hub-to-Hub link of over 1 mile we recommend using the Hub2T, whether it is “fed” by a Hub2x2, Hub2T, or Hub2n.
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