Tales from the towers, Chapter 1: ISP’s experience building large Wi-Fi networks

Several people have asked me how to build lower cost municipal Wi-Fi systems that cover anything from a very small area to hundreds of miles. To be honest, we haven’t yet deployed a muni Wi-Fi network that covers hundreds of miles, but in the course of my work as a wireless ISP over the past […]

Ponca City, Oklahoma’s free citywide Wi-Fi service supported by city-owned fiber broadband

In 2008, I posted an article about Ponca City, Oklahoma’s wireless automated meter reading (AMR) project: outdoor wireless nodes that collect data from residents’ wireless water and electric meters, then transmit the data via the city-owned fiber back to the water and electric utilities. The wireless nodes used for the AMR project are NOT made by […]

Wireless Mesh Network in Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base

Camp Pendleton, a large Marine Corps base in Southern California, has deployed a wireless mesh network for the base’s Energy Management Control Systems (EMCS) and Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI). The network is also used for monitoring wireless security cameras around water reservoirs. This is the first pilot smart multi-grid network for the Base Facilities Department […]

San Fernando (LA County) issues RFP for wireless mesh network

The city of San Fernando (Los Angeles County) has issued an RFP for the design and installation of a wireless data network using mesh technology in the licensed 4.9 GHz public safety spectrum. Note that network has to support future use of 2.4 GHz for automated meter reading and municipal Wi-Fi access. You can request […]

Pennsylvania low-income housing community gets large-scale Wi-Fi network

A large Wi-Fi hotzone has been deployed in the low income Pleasant Ridge housing community in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. The network provides free access to a job search portal, as part of a digital divide project that offers job training, as well as laptops to residents of the housing community. Over the same network, WiFi Pittsburgh […]