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High performance access point MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit for a wide range of applications

MikroTik's high-performance, all-weather RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 (2.4GHz) Wi-Fi access point in a small form factor with 4G (LTE) and GPS support for fleet monitoring. Ideal for busy urban environments or building standalone outdoor networks.
The LtAP LTE6 Kit has a built-in LTE Category 6 modem that allows aggregation of carrier frequencies and simultaneous operation of the device in multiple bands - an important advantage when used in locations with a large number of LTE users. It provides data reception speeds of up to 300 Mbps and improves responsiveness in high traffic environments and low signal performance in rural areas.
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit Click to enlarge!
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit

MikroTik's LtAP LTE6 Kit specification - a rugged access point

MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 kit is an outdoor 2.4GHz WiFi access point with built-in LTE cat.6 modem, which can provide basic or backup Internet access (combination of LtAP access point and R11E-LTE6 card). The device works in 802.11b/g/n 2x2 MIMO standard and supports 4G connectivity (LTE cat.6). It enables data transmission in 4G LTE cat.6 band with maximum speed up to 300Mbps download and 50Mbps upload.

The use of GNSS (GPS)support opens a new possibility of using it e.g. in cars in order to track your position in real time, you only need to buy an external additional GPS antenna, which unfortunately is not included in the set.

It has a dual-core 880MHz processor and 128 Mb RAM, integrated LTE antenna with 4 dBi gain, and the possibility of using three power sources (DC outlet, passive POE, or a car socket - it has special connectors included in the set).

MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit - device unboxing

The package contains a quick start guide, 4 screws with pins for mounting the device outdoors, power supply, the cable that will allow us to connect the power to the device e.g. in the car, and the MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 kit with dimensions of about 165 mm x 165 mm x 40 mm with a durable plastic housing, water resistant, in black.
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit Click to enlarge!
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit
After removing the cover protecting the inputs you will find a reset button, inputs for plugging in the supplied power e.g. in a car, a USB port, one Ethernet port, a serial port RS232 offers access to the console for debugging or other devices communicating in this technology, RBLtAP-2HnD
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit connectors and buttons Click to enlarge!
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit connectors and buttons

On the casing there are LEDs informing about the status of the device: connected power supply, device configuration, GPS module status.

LtAP LTE6 status LEDs Click to enlarge!
LtAP LTE6 status LEDs
After removing the outer casing we can see a miniPCI slot located in it, which additionally widens the possibility of adding an additional LTE card or simply a 5Ghz card to increase the functionality with the possibility of connections in the 5Ghz band.
Free miniPCI slot in MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit Click to enlarge!
Free miniPCI slot in MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit

Basic configuration of Wireless Access Point RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 MikroTik

In the brief user manual you will find very short information in Polish on how to connect the device:

  • To turn on the device, connect it to the power supply.
  • To configure our router, open a browser and enter 192.168.88.1
It is also stated that more information can be found on MikroTik Documentation

In Polish we can still find a short information about the fact that the device is compatible with the EU Directive 2014/53/EU, which means that it can be used in the European Union.

The configuration can also be performed via a mobile device by downloading the application and scanning the QR code (for this type of configuration you need to download the application from the gogle store or APP Store, scan the code or use the address 192.168.88.1), via winbox or browser.

We don't recommend configuring it via a phone or tablet and we won't focus on it because of the small icons in the application, so it's best to do it using a standard computer or laptop and we'll focus on that.
After plugging in the power, the device will show up on the list of our Wi-Fi networks as :
Connecting to MikroTik Wi-Fi network Click to enlarge!
Connecting to MikroTik Wi-Fi network
We choose and connect to it, and the configuration can be done in any of the following ways: Winbox (remembering to download the program first).
Winbox MikroTik Click to enlarge!
Winbox MikroTik
or via a browser and enter the address 192.168.88.1
Web configuration Mikrotik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit Click to enlarge!
Web configuration Mikrotik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit
On the start page you see the basic settings, after pressing "Close", on the individual tabs we can set the configuration parameters as desired, change passwords and settings
Web configuration MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit Click to enlarge!
Web configuration MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit
Web configeration MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit Click to enlarge!
Web configeration MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit
Web configuration RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit Click to enlarge!
Web configuration RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit
Web terminal confiration MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit Click to enlarge!
Web terminal confiration MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit

Test of RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit from MikroTik - conditions

In order to test the speed of the LTE connection we used the online tool Speedtest and a connected laptop, which was used for wireless testing. Initially, a sim card from Play operator was inserted into slot 2.
NOTE: The results below are poor, unfortunately no more could be obtained. It looks like an overloaded P4 transmitter.
Speedtest MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit Click to enlarge!
Speedtest MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit
Speedtest MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit Click to enlarge!
Speedtest MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit
To make a signal map we used the software AirSurvey. For correct reading of the signal levels, please pay attention to the color legend at the bottom of the picture.
The placement of the device is marked with an appropriate icon. Speed tests were performed outdoors at distances as marked on the map: 10, 25 and 50 meters. The antenna was placed on an outdoor mast at a height of about 5 meters above ground level.
The graph shows the quality of the signal received from the device at various angles within 50m.

Heatmap MikroTik LtAP LTE6 Kit Click to enlarge!
Heatmap MikroTik LtAP LTE6 Kit

Tests of WiFi connectivity in MikroTik LtAP LTE6 Kit access point

The test device was a MacBook ProA1502 with an embedded AirPort Extreme wireless adapter (Broadcom BCM4360 3x3, 1.3 Gbps PHY) running 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. We performed speed tests using WiFiPerf software, and the speed test server was iperf3 software. Before the speed tests, we verified the maximum performance of the LAN and the iperf3 server. These were conducted outdoors at 3 measurement points:
  • 10 metres distance from the antenna
  • 25 metres distance from the antenna
  • 50 metres distance from the antenna
The test equipment was pointed exactly in the direction of the main antenna beam.
Measurement point 1 - Download 76.61 Mbps / Upload 91.81 Mbps
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit - Download 76.61 Mbps Click to enlarge!
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit - Download 76.61 Mbps
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit - Upload 91.81 Mbps Click to enlarge!
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit - Upload 91.81 Mbps
Measurement point 2 - Download 65.71 Mbps / Upload 42.11 Mbps
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit - Download 65.71 Mbps Click to enlarge!
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit - Download 65.71 Mbps
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit - Upload 42.11 Mbps Click to enlarge!
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit - Upload 42.11 Mbps
Measurement point 3 - Download 56.45 Mbps / Upload 35.64 Mbps
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit - Download 56.45 Mbps Click to enlarge!
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit - Download 56.45 Mbps
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit - Upload 35.64 Mbps Click to enlarge!
MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit - Upload 35.64 Mbps
The first MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit test point, at a distance of 10 meters from the device, showed a pretty good result, giving a maximum of 69.92 Mbps for download and 91.89 Mbps for upload. The second result at 25 meters is noticeably weaker than the previous one, but still consistently shows results like 65.91 Mbps for download and 42.11 Mbps for upload. The last test of the MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit was performed at a distance of 50 meters from the antenna. The values are noticeably lower than the previous ones and are 56.45 Mbps for download and 35.64 Mbps for upload respectively.

It should be noted, however, that the WiFi connection to the MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit at each point was able to be established in a sustained manner, and the transmission was quite stable, staying at the same level at a given point throughout the tests.

A simple access point with a wide range of applications - RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit from MikroTik

MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 Kit is a nice access point with a wide range of applications and flexibility in configuration. Thanks to the additional power connector and cable included in the kit, the RouterBoard LtAP LTE6 can be easily connected in a car, but note the short length of the power cable, which will probably need to be extended. Also, the lack of a GPS antenna in the kit is a bit disappointing (it does, however, lower the price of the product). Instead, thanks to the presence of 3 SIM card slots, you can flexibly configure your internet connection while roaming in different regions and countries. The mere availability of 2 miniPCI-e sl ots allows you to expand the capabilities of the LtAP LTE6 kit by installing a second LTE modem for redundancy or a 5GHz interface to ensure simultaneous operation of the LtAP LTE6 kit in the 2.4GHz / 5GHz LTE bands.
Thanks to its good internal operation, MikroTik RouterBoard LtAP LT E6 copes well with heavy traffic in both urban environments and heavy wireless connection loads, making it a great device for use in offices, building autonomous street networks, city or long-distance transportation.
Advantages
  • Weatherproof housing
  • LTE Cat 6 support with aggregation of bands
  • Possibility of using GPS
  • 2x miniPCI-e slots
  • Supports up to 3 SIM cards
  • 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN port for wired devices
  • Aggregation of bands
Disadvantages
  • Lack of extended instructions - information in Polish
  • No information on antenna characteristics
  • No 802.11ac and 5GHz WiFi support (optional via add-on card)

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