All about microwave systems: three publications you should check out

I’ve been writing articles lately about microwave backhaul systems that municipalities and public utilities are installing (Texas-New Mexico Power and Sioux Falls, South Dakota) to save on the cost of telecommunications (they dump their expensive T1 lines) and to increase the amount of bandwidth that city and utility departments desperately need. A number of readers […]

Deploying inexpensive point-to-point links? Here’s how

If you deploy point-to-point links and are wondering how to dramatically lower the cost of deployment, check out this article which explains how Dewayne Hendricks got 30 Mbps out of a 65-mile point-to-point link in the Northern Mariana Islands using Ubiquiti equipment less than $300! Hendricks points out that most WiMAX vendors sell point-to-point equipment […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 4: You Should Never Hang APs With Your Spouse

The low-budget Muni-wireless system is ready to be deployed.  We have identified the perfect one square mile area to be covered.  The streetlights are 25’ tall and exactly 660 feet apart with full time electric power.  There are no trees and the houses are 20’ tall and made of wood.  Nobody in the area owns […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 3: Deploying wireless networks in unlicensed bands

This is the third installment of my “Tales from the Towers” series of articles about deploying large scale Wi-Fi networks in unlicensed bands. The theme: share and share alike. Although we were going to discuss putting access points (APs) on the poles in this week’s article, an incident occurred last week that I think is […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 2: Wireless Access Point Secrets You Didn’t Share with your Parents

Continuing the discussion of the budget muni wireless network requires analyzing the front line component, the Access Point (AP). There are many variations of APs. They all have features and capabilities that provide enhancements in certain environments. Some of the APs break the practical limit of 20-30 users by using multiple radios in a single […]