First I’d like to say that Cambium’s 2.4GHz PMP450 radio was a game changer for us. We’ve been using it for a very, very long time, and in our almost exclusively rural coverage area, we’ve experienced tremendous growth utilizing it’s nLOS capabilities. It’s been a reliable PMP work horse for well over 10 years.
For us, rural 2.4 just works, and it works well. WiFi density hasn’t been such a problem thanks to the rural nature of our coverage area, and most routers don’t seem to be strong enough to bother the 450 radio on the roof or tower at the customers home. Every now and again it can happen, but we simply change the customers router to an alternative channel, there-by eliminating the WiFi interference.
Naturally, the growing demands of the customer has increased the level of usage on these platforms, and 2.4’s capacity limitations are certainly more obvious versus 3.65 or 5GHz, where a 450i or a 450m was developed with a better cpu and higher capacity. Thankfully, most customers don’t feel the limitations, as long as it runs reliably. But as higher speed services become available, 2.4’s limits are obvious to more than just the speed-test happy customers.
Unfortunately for us in Canada, 3.65 is going away, leaving us uncertain about our future chances of offering the minimum broadband standard of 50/10 to anyone on our PMP450 2.4GHz platform. We’re hoping 3.9 can help, but that’s unproven at this point.
Thanks to our growth, a significant portion of our customers are on our 2.4 platform. The thought of Cambium developing a new 2.4 product that would potentially have a better CPU, higher bps/Hz, beamforming, an SFP port, internal GPS; all the hits… that would be amazing. We would buy many of them.
So I do hope this comment reaches you and your team. We have always appreciated the community engagement from Cambium with regards to new products, and we hope you do consider our feedback on this topic.