WISP or other options

William Waites wwaites at tardis.ed.ac.uk
Thu Mar 27 10:09:48 UTC 2014

On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 10:30:27PM -0500, Nick wrote:
> Does any have contacts in Edinburgh Scotland who can provide WISP
> service at the Hopetoun House and Dundas Castle. I would like to
> have 20-60mpbs to for 2 days of services.

There is a *chance* that we (http://hubs.net.uk/) can help. Our
network in Edinburgh is mostly constructed for serving areas to the
South -- the Lothians, the Borders, etc. and South Queensferry is to
the Northwest.

So one way of doing this would be to find an intermediate spot and
make two links. Briefly consulting a map there are a few candidates,
and for some, a temporary relay (the broadband wagon parked on a
hilltop) might work. It also looks as though there may be line of
sight to Scolocate in South Gyle which is a major datacentre where IX
Scotland is -- unfortunately we don't have anything on the roof there
at the moment.

If the event is for some sort of not for profit or academic related
thing other possibilities open up as well, it may be possible to use
one of the universities' networks to get most of the way there.

There are definitely possibilities, but it may well be too expensive
for such a short duration. Send me a mail off list if you want to
discuss in more detail.

> Our company's event planner claims there are no good ISP options in
> the area and wants us to go with satellite internet which is pricy
> and has high latency. Its worth noting both locations have ~7mpbs
> DLS.

It would be interesting to talk to this event planner...

Another option is bonded ADSL. I'd recommend Andrews and Arnold
(http://aa.net.uk/) for that. It's a bit ugly, and any DSL or FTTx is
very expensive for real use (BT Wholesale's tarrif for bandwidth on
their DSL carrier interconnect for resale is something like -L-40/Mbps
plus lots of other charges) but for a temporary situation it's not a
bad option.


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