WISP or other options

William Waites wwaites at tardis.ed.ac.uk
Thu Mar 27 10:10:02 UTC 2014

On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 03:35:20AM +0000, Warren Bailey wrote:
> You are screwed for LOS microwave, 60mbps on a microwave hope requires
> real life engineering to function correctly.

Well now, really. Yes it needs engineering, but nothing spectacularly
difficult. The upper bound on distance the OP needs is something like
10 miles which is peanuts. Any of your typical off the shelf 5GHz
stuff will do that, you can even just eyeball the alignment. The upper
5GHz band is not very crowded around here. You do need line of sight
which means spending a little time with a topo map.

You're right that it isn't as simple as just putting up some antennas,
leaving the kit at factory defaults and hoping, but that's not a very
high bar.

> towers

Rather conveniently there are lots of hills around here. A typical
can easily be something made out of standard scaffolding not more than
2.5m tall. You try to build them at the top of steep bits so that
people (and sheep) can't easily stand in front of the antennas.

> If you¹re looking for satellite

Satellite is a last resort, and almost always unnecessary even in very
remote places. It is also, as you point out, extremely expensive.


More information about the NANOG mailing list