Tales from the Towers Chapter 49: Ubiquiti versus Cambium, Round 2

One thing I’ve noticed is that the article comparing Ubiquiti and Cambium seems to be the most read of everything I’ve written (see Tales from the Towers Chapter 35: Ubiquiti versus Canopy/Cambium for WISPs). With the new ePMP from Cambium (and just this moment while I’m writing this, the PTP 650 announcement shows up in […]

Tales from the Towers – Chapter 48: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, err Cargo Vans

In this 48th installment of Tales from the Towers, Rory Conaway provides wireless ISPs with valuable information on the kinds of vehicles that work best (mechanically and financially) for the wireless ISP who has to drive a lot. He also provides tips on how to maintain those vehicles. I like cars. I’ve been a car […]

Tales from the Towers – Chapter 47: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

In this article, Rory Conaway describes a nightmare of a project and the lessons learned. Many WISPs do one-off wireless projects. As consultants, we get referrals for many projects from a variety of sources. I have partnered or been lead on many projects, some of which I’ve written about here, others that have been profiled […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 46: 900MHz and SCADA – The FCC Double Standards

The 900MHz band used to be viable for wireless ISPs (WISPs).  Then the FCC started relaxing the rules and giving it away to companies that should be using different frequencies, like Progeny.  To add insult to injury, the FCC then gave Progeny an unfair advantage of higher power.  But as sleazy as the Progeny deal […]

Securing open hotspots

Recent advances in Wi-Fi technology that automatically secure client devices in open hotspots have the potential to forever change mobile data access. Hotspots are the thing. People everywhere now have an insatiable demand for constant connectivity. You’re probably one of those people. That’s why public hotspots are predicted to rise by 350% by 2015, and […]