Mimosa Debuts Versatile, Modular 5 GHz Radio with Twist-On Antennas


Mimosa Networks has launched Mimosa C5x, the industry’s most versatile, integrated 5 GHz radio with four modular, twist-on antenna options.

With best-in-class Front-to-Back (FTB) and Front-to-Side (FTS) ratios for superior noise immunity, and extended frequency operation from 4.9-6.4 GHz, the ultra-rugged C5x is disrupting the industry and sets new price/performance benchmarks for integrated wireless connectivity.

Cost Effective Solution Scales with your Network

The modular design of the C5x is a perfect fit for network operators, offering the ease and simplicity of an integrated radio coupled with antenna gain flexibility for streamlined installation and reduced inventory costs. The C5x is optimized for short- to mid-range links with a native 8 dBi gain that can be increased to 12, 16, 20 or 25 dBi using a set of modular twist-on antennas. With a disruptive price point (MSRP US$59), the C5x is designed for cost-effective point-to-multipoint (PTMP) deployments delivering up to 100BaseT of IP throughput out-of-the-box, and up to 500 Mbps when paired with a “C5x-PTMP” feature key upgrade (sold separately). A separate point-to-point (PTP) “C5x-PTP” feature key will upgrade the C5x to deliver up to 700 Mbps throughput for a PTP link.

The flexibility of the C5x is an enormous benefit for network operators who typically deploy radios in unfamiliar environments. Service installers are often unaware of the detailed topography until they arrive at the install site, and as a result, they are required to carry a variety of radio and antenna options to successfully connect the devices. Now with the Mimosa C5x, a single radio combined with a selection of different antennas can be kept on-hand to ensure that installers are ready for any environment. The Mimosa Install App allows feature keys to be purchased in advance and redeemed onsite, giving operators even greater deployment flexibility.

“I think Mimosa nailed it with the modular design,” said Rob Genovesi, owner/operator at Coastside.Net, an ISP in Half Moon Bay, California. “The twist-on antennas allow for a number of deployment options – my installer can take one radio and a set of different antennas on his truck and can decide on site what to deploy. It’s very clean and very easy to install, and I love the look and feel of the product.”

Incredible RF Performance

Fabricated in rugged die-cast metal to excel in the harshest environments, the custom-engineered N5-X Cassegrain or horn antennas are optimized for gain across a broad spectrum range. Best-in-class noise isolation provides immunity from interference with breakthrough FTB and FTS performance, delivering 10bB improvement in the Signal-to-Interference-Plus-Noise Ratio (SINR). This feature translates into a 10X performance increase against competitive integrated radios.

Extended Frequency Operation

Based on Mimosa’s field-proven C5c software, the Mimosa C5x, like all Mimosa products, is engineered with extended frequency support and takes advantage of both 4.9 GHz public safety applications in the United States and unlicensed frequencies up to 6.4 GHz worldwide (where allowed by local regulations). In addition, the accompanying N5-X modular antennas are specifically optimized for C5x extended frequency support.

Packs a Powerful Punch in a Small Form Factor

At just 17.5 centimeters in height and weighing only 370 grams, the C5x delivers with an incredibly sleek form factor, perfect for visually sensitive installations. And with a typical energy consumption of sub-10w, the C5x is ideal for solar-powered, battery back-up installations, where power and reliability are at a premium.

According to Mimosa President and CEO, Brian L. Hinman, “We are excited about the addition of the C5x to our Mimosa product portfolio. We believe the C5x offers the rugged and durable solution our customers need with the flexibility to choose the price, features and functionality that’s right for them. The C5x will dramatically lower the barrier to entry for customers wanting to deploy Mimosa’s PTMP solutions, and will allow our customers to scale their businesses and reach profitability more quickly.”