Ubiquiti Networks launches the latest generation of airMAX ac CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) with dedicated Wi-Fi management, the PrismStation™ 5AC.
Improved Noise Immunity
The PrismStation 5AC directs RF energy in a tighter beamwidth using an interchangeable isolation antenna horn, available in both symmetrical and asymmetrical designs. With the focus in one direction, the PrismStation 5AC blocks or spatially filters out noise, so noise immunity is improved. This feature is especially important in an area crowded with other RF signals of the same or similar frequency.
With flexible sectorization for optional antenna beamwidths, the horn antenna is interchangeable and improves beam-shaping for specific deployment and environment needs. The PrismStation 5AC uses horn antenna sectors designed for increased co-location performance without sacrificing gain.
Providing high throughput and an innovative form factor, the PrismStation 5AC is versatile and cost-effective to deploy. The PrismStation 5AC also utilizes the latest ESD protection to help protect against power surges.
Symmetrical horn antennas offer breakthrough scalability options for wireless systems. Unique beam performance and great co-location characteristics allow for a higher density of sectors than traditional sector technology.
Powerful Wireless Features
Sporting an all-new design for improved usability, airOS® v8 is the revolutionary operating system for Ubiquiti® airMAX ac products.
• Access Point PtMP airMAX Mixed Mode
• airMAX ac Protocol Support
• Long-Range Point-to-Point (PtP) Link Mode
• Selectable Channel Width
- PtP: 10/20/30/40/50/60/80 MHz
- PtMP: 10/20/30/40 MHz
• Automatic Channel Selection
• Transmit Power Control: Automatic/Manual
• Automatic Distance Selection (ACK Timing)
• Strongest WPA2 Security
• airMagic® Channel Selection Tool
• Dynamic Configuration Changes
• Instant Input Validation
• Redesigned User Interface
• HTML5 Technology
• Optimization for Mobile Devices
• Detailed Device Statistics
• Diagnostic Tools, including RF Diagnostics, and airView® Spectrum Analyzer
The PrismStation 5AC integrates a separate Wi-Fi radio for fast and easy setup using your mobile device.
Accessing airOS via Wi-Fi
The U®Mobile App provides instant accessibility to the airOS configuration interface and can be downloaded from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play™ (Android). UMobile allows you to set up, configure, and manage the PrismStation 5AC and offers various configuration options once you're connected or logged in.
Advanced RF Analytics
airMAX ac devices feature a multi-radio architecture to power a revolutionary RF analytics engine.
An independent processor on the PCBA powers a second, dedicated radio, which persistently analyzes the full 5 GHz spectrum and every received symbol to provide you with the most advanced RF analytics in the industry.
airOS 8 displays the following RF information:
• Persistent RF Error Vector Magnitude (EVM) constellation diagrams
• Carrier to Interference-plus-Noise Ratio (CINR) histograms
• Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) time series plots
airView allows you to identify noise signatures and plan your networks to minimize noise interference. airView performs the following functions:
• Constantly monitors environmental noise
• Collects energy data points in real-time spectral views
• Helps optimize channel selection, network design, and wireless performance
airView runs in the background without disabling the wireless link, so there is no disruption to the network.
In airView, there are three spectral views, each of which represents different data.
• Waterfall Aggregate energy collected for each frequency
• Waveform Aggregate energy collected
• Ambient Noise Level Background noise energy shown as a function of frequency
airView provides powerful spectrum analyzer functionality, eliminating the need to rent or purchase additional equipment for conducting site surveys.
Unlike standard Wi-Fi protocol, Ubiquiti’s Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) airMAX protocol allows each client to send and receive data using pre-designated time slots scheduled by an intelligent AP controller.
This time slot method eliminates hidden node collisions and maximizes airtime efficiency, so airMAX technology provides performance improvements in latency, noise immunity, scalability, and throughput compared to other outdoor systems in its class.
Intelligent QoS Priority assigned to voice/video for seamless streaming.
Scalability High capacity and scalability.
Long Distance Capable of high-speed, carrier-class links.
The next-generation airMAX ac technology boosts the advantages of our proprietary TDMA protocol.
Ubiquiti’s airMAX engine with custom IC dramatically improves TDMA latency and network scalability. The custom silicon provides hardware acceleration capabilities to the airMAX scheduler, to support the high data rates and dense modulation used in airMAX ac technology.
airMAX ac supports high data rates, which require dense modulation: 256QAM – a significant increase from 64QAM, which is used in airMAX.
With their use of proprietary airMAX ac technology, airMAX ac products supports up to 450+ Mbps real TCP/IP throughput – up to triple the throughput of standard airMAX products.
To enhance airMAX ac performance, Ubiquiti Networks introduces patented airPrism technology, which is featured on the PrismStation 5AC, model PS-5AC.
High data rates require a high Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR), which is challenging to achieve, especially in noisy, high-density areas.
Integrated into Ubiquiti’s custom silicon, airPrism technology creates a high SNR by isolating signals within the operating channel and rejecting interference using specialized circuitry, the High‑Selectivity Receiver (HSR).
Depending on the product model and operating mode, available channel widths may include 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, and/or 80 MHz.
Theoretically APs operate on different channels; however, because of the wider channel bandwidths, there can be overlap in spectrum usage.
airPrism technology removes up to an additional 30+ dB of adjacent channel interference through the active filtering design, so an airMAX ac AP with airPrism technology can provide significantly greater performance than a typical AP.
Facilitates AP Co-Location
Co-location is vital in many scenarios. For example, a WISP may have limited tower space, so it must co-locate all APs within that allotted footprint. Shielding and other means can lessen interference but may be impractical.
By deploying airMAX ac APs with airPrism technology, you can co-locate APs and enhance the overall performance of your wireless network.
|Number of APs||Channel Width|
*Supported by R5AC-PTP only.
The PrismStation 5AC comes with a 45° isolation antenna. There are optional antennas that come with precise radiation angles for specific beam shaping, ranging from 30° to 90°, making them suitable for a wider range of installations.
• Asymmetrical horn antennas designed for increased co-location performance
• Available in 30°, 45° (default), 60°, and 90° designs
• All metal, shielded radio base
• Single button release for ease of changing antennas
• Newly designed horn for improved beam shaping
Using airMAX ac technology, the PrismStation 5AC supports up to 500+ Mbps real TCP/IP throughput.
The PrismStation 5AC features two different pole-mounting methods that can be used depending on your deployment needs.
• Metal Strap Use this option for quick mounting on a pole
• Mounting Bracket Use this option for ± 20° tilt adjustments of the horn's elevation.
|Warranty (Repair - Replacement)|
Without Horn Antenna
Mounting Hardware1 Only
|174 x 174 x 184 mm
155 x 155 x 104 mm
83 x 117 x 69 mm
Without Horn Antenna
Mounting Hardware1 Only
|Operating Frequency||2412 - 2472 MHz
5150 - 5875 MHz
|Beamwidth||45° (Default Horn)|
|Networking Interface||(1) 10/100/1000 Ethernet Port|
|RF Connector||(1) GPS2|
|Max. Power Consumption||10W|
|Power Supply||24V, 1A Gigabit PoE Adapter (Included)|
|Power Method||Passive PoE (Pairs 4, 5+; 7, 8 Return)|
|Supported Voltage Range||20 to 26VDC|
|Processor Specs||MIPS 74 Kc|
|Memory||DDR2 128 MB|
|Wind Loading||31 N @ 200 km/h (7 lbf @ 125 mph)|
|Wind Survivability||200 km/h (125 mph)|
|Operating Temperature||-40 to 70° C (-40 to 158° F)|
|Operating Humidity||5 to 95% Noncondensing|
|Mounting||Pole-Mount (Kit Included)|
|ESD/EMP Protection||± 24 kV Contact/Air|
|Certifications||FCC, IC, CE|
1 Mounting bracket assembly for elevation adjustments
2 Reserved for future use