Mimosa A5 speed with GPS sync

We've been waiting for some time now (months) to really test out the Mimosa A5 platform. We have been waiting for the firmware that allows GPS sync. Since we run sync on all of our APs, it was not fair to test speeds on a non-synced platform vs a synced platform.

Well, Mimosa released firmware 2.2.1 which allows for a 50/50 split using GPS synchronization.  We've had an A5-14 up for a while with 6 clients on it as our test.  All the clients are well under 300 meters from the AP - most are within 100 meters. 

The AP is connected to a 300 x 300 fiber line.  We ran this test when there was no traffic on the AP so our test client was not competing with anyone else. Really trying to find a best case scenario.

AP is using frequency 5310 with a 40 Mhz width:

 What the RF environment looks like

What the RF environment looks like

We used a C5 client that was around 75 meters from the AP with a clear shot at it.  Here is what the AP reported for connection:

Nice clean signal, very low noise and great SNR.  We have the full 8 MCS and showing 360 Mbps for PHY.

Now it was time to run some real world speed tests. We wanted to see results of what a customer would see running similar speed tests. One of these results is using a speed test hosted at our ISP, the others are 3rd party. All gave back similar results.

 This was hosted by our ISP

This was hosted by our ISP

 3rd party hosted speed test

3rd party hosted speed test

 Netflix Fast.com result

Netflix Fast.com result

For comparison, on our ePMP APs running in 50/50 mode, we are right around 110 Mbps x 110 Mbps. The upload is a bit faster than the Mimosa but the download is a little bit slower - by around 25 Mbps on average.  We normally run the ePMP in 75/25 mode but that mode is not available yet for the Mimosa platform.

This is pretty close to being in line with Mimosa's claim that we should see ~250 Mbps aggregate throughput on a 40 Mhz channel with the A5.