All AyrMesh 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 and AyrMesh Hub2x2C will provide up to twice the speed of the AyrMesh Hub2T to those devices.
The Hub2x2 and Hub2x2C are designed to provide maximum bandwidth – up to 65 Mbps in testing. The Hub2T, on the other hand, offers limited bandwidth – up to about 35 Mbps in testing.
The key differences between the Hub2x2C and the Hub2x2 are in the distances that they can and should be placed between them. The Hub2x2C is designed for the majority of farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses that need WiFi over less than about 2,000 acres, but may need it very intensively. It works best with the Hubs spaced between 1/2 mile and 1.5 miles. The Hub2x2 is designed to provide coverage over the largest area – up to 100,000 acres – in use with the AyrMesh Cab Hub2, but should not be used spaced any closer than 1 mile apart. The Hub2x2 and Hub2T can be spaced as much as 2.5 miles apart, while the Hub2x2C can be spaced out as much as 2 miles apart.
One other consideration is power – if you are going to power the Hub with solar or wind power, the Hub2T only draws about 4.5 watts, while the Hub2x2 draws almost twice that. This makes the Hub2T preferable for any installation where power is critical, especially for solar/battery operation.
Which to choose?
For your Gateway Hub, the Hub2x2C is almost always the best answer. If you are going to be covering very large areas (many thousands of acres) and continuous coverage (without using AyrMesh Cab Hubs) is not necessary, the Hub2x2 or Hub2T may be a better solution (although they can all be used interchangeably). 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 with the AyrMesh Hub2x2 or AyrMesh Hub2x2C, 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.
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