Last week I took possession of my very own personalised NEX-GEN Commander III AEL which works straight out of the box. The only change I made was to make the Pi-Star dashboard public to allow more than one DMR ID to access the hot spot as I have two ID’s of my own. This hot spot is the top of the range, nothing is spared on the quality.
Sure I could have sourced parts and built my own hot spot and it may have worked. Facebook is however full of stories of people struggling to get nextion screens going, over heating problems with boards and no end of other issues. With the all NEX-GEN hot spots the research and development has already been done for us, taking the worry out of sourcing parts that will work and go together. Quality workmanship is to be admired like a luxury car and Amateur Radio equipment is the same. The Commander III AEL can take pride of place in my shack knowing that it will just work as long as I have an internet connection.
A few days later my stand arrived that has my callsign illuminated also, this makes it very easy to see the display. I now have the hot spot on my bed side table and I can access it all around the house using my AnyTone 878.
As you can see in the above photo I am not using the supplied antenna as there is a ceramic antenna on board that works as good as the external antenna. Anyone wanting a ready made, quality built hot spot should look at NEX-GEN the level of service before during and after purchase is the best.