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As Elizabeth Barrett Browning says “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”, but at the same time, Mimosa Networks sometimes vexes me sorely!

I’m assuming if you are looking into this write up, you are somewhat familiar with Point to Point and Point to Multi Point wireless networking, but if you aren’t, Click the terms mentioned for a primer.

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Mimosa Networks is an award winning Ethernet network wireless back haul and access hardware manufacturer based out of Santa Clara, CA, USA.  They were founded in 2012 and are privately held.  In their own words, here are the features that they feel set them apart: Massive MIMO, Beamforming, Multi-User MIMO, Synchronized Spectrum Reuse, & Complete Cloud Control.

B5_backhaulMimosa B5 Point to Point Radio with Integrated Dish

I’ve been using the B5 and B5C Point to Point radio’s from Mimosa for over a year now, and they have been performing quite well with one exception, which appears to have been finally addressed in the latest firmware version (1.4.1).  As you can probably tell from the firmware versions, these products are still relatively new to the scene, and some growing pains are to be expected.  With 1.2.1 to 1.3.1 firmware, I had an issue where one of the radio pairs would go into a one way communication on its ethernet port.  Only a power cycle would address the issue.  Knock on wood, we’re a good month and a half after installing 1.4.1 and I’ve not seen this issue show up again.

With the above issue seeming addressed, let’s talk performance in my use cases.  As a rural oil and gas producer/operator, there isn’t “a lot” of other 5G traffic in the area besides other operators and/or ISP’s in the area.

Considering i’m not a traditional ISP needing maximum bandwidth at all time, I tend to run 2 x 20Mhz channels H/V Polarized.

Mimosa B5 Link performance

As you can see, on an almost 31 mile shot, we’re experiencing real world 69 Mbps full duplex, and configuration was a breeze.

I once turned up one of our most rural links, a 22 mile shot, to 2 x 80 Mhz channels… I was getting 1.3 Gbps MAC speeds!!!  I turned it back down to be a good steward of the public frequency space.. 😉

Part 2 coming soon!

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