Mi6WAN Client Hardware/Devices


Considerations when choosing hardware

  • Compatibility with Mi6WAN — Mi6WAN sectors run Mikrotik nv2 TDMA mode in 5 and 10 MHz channels on 5.9 GHz and 2.4GHz. At the time of this writing, this requires a Mikrotik 802.11a/n modem that is not frequency locked to Part 15. IE International Version
  • Predicted signal strength in your area vs antenna gain — areas with strong signal have more options for smaller antennas but if you are further from a client site then larger antenna will be needed
  • Line of Site to one of our active client sites is also required.
  • Potential for icing — when icing is expected, stick to solid antennas and radomes. Grid antennas attract ice.
  • Price
DescriptionModelAntenna GainTransmit PowerEffective Radiated Power (ERP)Price

Integrated panel antenna and modem
Must get RBSXT-5HPnDr2 (International) Version NOT -US Version
Mikrotik RB SXT 5HPnD r216 dBi+30 dBm+46 dBm


Sourcing International Versions

Due to pressure from the FCC, Mikrotik has started region-locking their modems to Part 15 frequencies. This makes them unusable with Mi6WAN, since Mi6WAN takes advantage of the quiet ham-only spectrum at 5.9 GHz and 2.4GHz. Many Mikrotik models are now offered in two versions. The US version will be designated by the -US suffix while the international or “rest of world” version will have no suffix. Retailers often do not specify which version they have, so it can be tricky to purchase the international version.  Streakwave and Flyteccomputers both have no issues selling to hams the international versions of the radios once they provide a copy of their FCC license.