airMAX AC Firmware v8.7.0 – Where is PtMP Mode?

The newest airOS version 8.7.0 brings a host of performance improvements such as, up to a 40% improvement for bridge links running in PtP mode on 80MHz and improved device stability when handling larger numbers of client connections.

More importantly, 8.7.0 makes huge changes to the wireless UI. In an attempt to simplify the wireless mode settings, the well established drop down has been abolished.

This affects all Ubiquiti airMAX AC products – please see our shop page for a product list.

Old UI for airOS:

 

The new simplified UI menu replaces airMAX AC-only mode with airMAX mixed mode by default (unless PtP mode is selected), meaning as long as your AP is an airMAX AC model, you can mix and match AC and non-AC stations. Wireless modes are now decided by toggle switches, we will go over some basic configurations for clarity on these.

Example 1 – AP PtMP:

The above config would mean the unit is in Access Point mode as this is selected. PtP mode is switch off, which means it is in PtMP mode which, as we mentioned earlier automatically enables airMAX mixed mode.

Example 2 – AP PtP:

This configuration has PtP mode enabled which disables airMAX mixed mode. You will now be shown a warning that in the current configuration, only AC stations would be supported.

Example 3 – Station PtMP:

Lastly, this combination would mean that the unit is in Station Mode (as Access Point mode is off) and PtMP mode. AirMAX mixed mode would also be enabled automatically. This configuration could be connected to our first example.

In summary;

  • AP Mode = On. Unit is in AP Mode
  • AP Mode = Off. Unit is in Station Mode
  • PtP Mode = On. Unit is in PtP Mode
  • PtP Mode = Off. Unit is in PtMP Mode
  • When PtP Mode = On. AirMAX Mixed Mode is disabled.

When setting up a new link, it is always recommended to scan the available frequencies and select the channel or channels that are best for your deployment.

Please see the Ubiquiti airMAX AC Firmware v8.7.0 page for further details.

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