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Field Test of LigoWave's New 6 GHz Licensed Backhaul

DoubleRadius recently took a trip out to Minnesota for a much anticipated field test of the new RapidFire 6-N from LigoWave. Although it was cold and windy, we were able to complete some initial testing over a two week period.


There to help us test out this new 6 GHz licensed backhaul at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) was Alex Hartman from Optimized Media Group (OMG), a full service broadcasting solution provider. Watch the video below to hear what Alex had to say!



The video snapshots below show the RapidFire 6-N radio and the connectorized dish antenna, mounted atop a building on the SCSU campus.




"[The link has been] great! It's been very rock solid, very easy to install - just running."

Alex Hartman, Optimized Media Group

"[The link] never dropped a packet during the two week test."

Jeff Holdenrid, DoubleRadius 




Throughout this preliminary testing period, we were excited to see the link's performance, some of which you heard about if you watched the above video. The RapidiFire 6-N link was able to achieve the following results:


Distance 4.7 mi / 7.6 km
Throughput 400 Mbps - Bidirectional
Channel Width 40 MHz*
 Latency 2-3 ms
 Packet Drop None

*60 MHz channels will be available in the production firmware, increasing throughput proportionally.


Applications for WISPs, Broadcasters, and More!

Licensed backhaul allows businesses like yours to offer premium solutions in a variety of applications including:

  • ISPs - Providing greater bandwidth to support subscriber's streaming demands.
  • Broadcasters - Ensuring "five 9's" reliability for programming (fiber redundancy or replacement).
  • Integrators - Delivering dedicated building-to-building connectivity.
  • Security & Surveillance - Supporting HD video monitoring and recording.
  • and many more


An Entry Point for Licensed Backhaul

You may have considered licensed links before, but not pulled the trigger because of price. Although licensed backhaul provides significant performance advantages over unlicensed, cost can be prohibitive. LigoWave designed their RapidFire 6-N with this in mind. This 6 GHz PTP outdoor wireless bridge provides operators a high performance, licensed link at an entry point price level.  Utilizing 6 GHz also frees up more 5 GHz spectrum for multipoint, allowing operators to grow their subscriber base.


Interested in Learning More about the RapidFire 6-N?

On Feb 5th, 2019 DoubleRadius hosted LigoWave for an exclusive webinar on their new affordable 6 GHz licensed backhaul, which covers how the new solution: 

  • Extends link range, reaching from 5 miles to >15 miles
  • Achieves higher throughput than unlicensed links
  • Empowers users to deliver superb connectivity
  • Avoids crowded channels
  • Allows operators to enjoy the "silence" of 6 GHz - less noise and interference
  • Guarantees "grandfathered" protections from rogue Wi-Fi interference, when the FCC eventually changes 6 GHz to an unlicensed band


Watch 6 GHz Webinar Recording


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