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Ubiquiti Bullet M2 Titanium Review

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Ubiquiti Bullet M2 Titanium

The Ubiquiti Bullet M2 Titanium has a lot of pluses when used as a wireless range extender. This compact, powerful external WiFi adapter has a tough metal case. That makes it ideal for outdoor remote mounting. It attaches directly to an antenna converting the WiFi data to and from Ethernet. All of your WiFi power goes over the air instead of being lost in a long length of coax cable. Ethernet cable is small in diameter which means it will be easier to route inside. The POE (Power Over Ethernet) adapter is included. You don’t need to run a separate power cable. It has 600 mW of output power which should be equal to or better than the power of most public access points. Combined with a suitable outdoor antenna, such as the Engenius EAG-2408, the Ubiquiti Bullet is a super combination. And even if your RV park or marina doesn’t have its own WiFi, you’ll have a much better chance of connecting to one nearby.

If there’s a downside to the Ubiquiti Bullet, it’s the need to be a little more tech savvy than with other external WiFi adapters. Most adapters require some changes to your network configuration settings. This one just takes a little more. In return you get a versatile unit that can fill a number of roles and is designed for outdoor use. If you’re using an indoor unit that has to be placed outside every time you need it, net surfing will have to stop when the weather turns bad.

The Ubiquiti Bullet comes in four different versions:

  • BM2HP 2.4 GHz (802.11n/g) plastic
  • BM2-Ti 2.4 GHz (802.11n/g) aluminum
  • BM5HP 5 GHz plastic (802.11n) plastic
  • BM5-Ti 5 GHz (802.11n) aluminum

The Ti suffix in the brand name refers to the Titanium model. Of course it’s actually aluminum. Other than the case material and operating frequency, they are almost the same. However there are still some differences to consider.

Ubiquiti claims both the plastic and aluminum versions are for outdoor use. But many buyers report the plastic models do not hold up as well in extreme weather. That’s not surprising since the aluminum case is immune to damage from UV rays and it has better weatherproof seals at both ends. If you are good with tools you could make a housing out of PVC pipe to increase the weather resistance of the plastic model. That will save a few dollars. A good pastime for the handyman perhaps but for everyone else, a pain. We head out on the road or water to have a good time, not to do chores!

The price difference is significant. However, the plastic models do not come with the POE module. It must be purchased separately. The POE is included with the Titanium so the price difference really is not that great. The plastic model does have a molded-in LED signal strength indicator unlike the Titanium. This could come in handy if you are aiming a directional antenna or troubleshooting connection problems. But once you’re up and running the LED’s are redundant and could attract unwanted attention at night. Aiming the Titanium can be done with the included airOS™ software.

One of the physical properties of radio waves is that you will get better range with lower frequencies, all other factors being equal. Since RV’ers and boaters are mainly interested in connecting to the Internet. They will not be exchanging large files with each other so the speed of the lower frequency 2.4 GHz model should be more than adaquate. For these reasons I recommend the Ubiquiti Bullet M2 Titanium as the best external WiFi adapter for your mobile WiFi station.

The Ubiquiti Bullet M2 can also be used at home to access free public hotspots that were once out of range. If the desired access point is still out of range, directional antennas can give even more gain, at the expense of coverage in other directions. Flat panel antennas are compact and relatively inexpensive. For even greater range, parabolic antennas have the greatest gain if you have don’t mind their size. The TP-LINK TL-ANT242B gives a whopping 24 dB of gain! Its open mesh design is light-weight and minimizes wind loading.

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