Yup; the Internet is screwed up.

Joel Jaeggli joelja at bogus.com
Mon Jun 13 12:36:23 CDT 2011


On Jun 12, 2011, at 10:04 AM, Christopher J. Pilkington wrote:

> On Jun 11, 2011, at 7:07 PM, Roy wrote:
> 
>> On 6/11/2011 4:29 PM, Christopher Pilkington wrote:
>>> Options seem to be limited to HughesNet and dial for the moment, but
>>> things may change if I put a tower on the property. HughesNet seems to
>>> relax it's bandwidth cap between 2am and 7am, which is helpful, but
>>> still a great shift from what I'm used to at the current residence
>>> (15/2).
>>> 
>> 
>> No 3G cellphone service?
> 
> 3G at this location is marginal at best (stand on a hill and hold the phone up above your head.)
> 
> That said, are there 3G radios that permit external antennas or are well suited to
> being sealed up in a weatherproof box and being placed on a pole/tower?

there are... some specific to particular interface solutions.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/routers/access/wireless/hardware/notes/ant3gom.html

most expedient approach is a card with a non-fixes antenna (like the huawei usb sticks) a crc9 to sma adapter and the appropiate antenna. paired with a cradlepoint cpe and you're probably done for less than $200.

> 3G would get us around the 200-300MiB/day issue, but I'm fairly certain I'll be dealing with similar monthly caps.  I can really hope for a wISP nearby, but so far my research hasn't turned up anything.  Is there some wISP marketplace/directory about?
> 
> The final option would be to unofficially put hardware on the roof of my office 50km away with some high-gain antennas, but the path is marginally LOS, I think I might need a very large tower at either end.
> 
> -cjp
> 




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