Tales from the Towers, Chapter 8: Half of something is better than nothing, but why settle?

This is Chapter 8 of Rory Conaway’s series, “Tales From The Towers”, about setting up a large scale Wi-Fi network. If you have not yet done so, read Chapter 7: One Size Does Not Fit All. Our network is pretty inexpensive but it suffers from first generation bandwidth problems of losing 50 percent of the […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 7: One size does not fit all

In this installment of Rory Conaway’s “Tales From The Towers”, he discusses the different types of antennas that can be used for large scale Wi-Fi networks. Before we continue developing the system further, it’s a good idea to discuss all the various antenna designs that go into a municipal design process.  I’ve described one type […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 6: Free is not a business plan

Our system is installed and our credit card maxed out. Now, we have to either pay for it or figure out how it’s going to save what we invested in it. As an income based system, it’s pretty easy to figure out a direct correlation between expenses and revenue. If there is some kind of […]

Network design considerations for wireless video surveillance

My post Why Flexibility of Mesh Topology is Important for Video Surveillance drew an extended comment from Joe Wargo of AO Wireless, and I’m using it as a jumping off point to address some of the issues impacting network design for wireless security and surveillance. (Sections in italics are Joe’s comments, with my commentary below each paragraph. Headings […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 5: Reality, What a Concept

In the last article, access points were installed, WDS links set up for hopping, and we were ready to access the Internet.  Although TriadLand is ready to rock, we now need to connect the users.  First we need to connect the network to some type of Internet service and then come up with a way […]