About Rory Conaway

Rory Conaway has been in the IT and Wireless Industries for the past 25 years as an author and consultant. He currently operates a growing WISP operation in Southern Arizona. He consults with investors, manufacturers, and WISPs, and develops financial business models for startups. In addition to writing articles in industry publications such as Mission Critical Magazine, Mr. Conaway also writes the series “Tales from the Towers” that can be found on various such as www.triadwireless.net and www.muniwireless.com. He has also engineered several wireless designs such as S.P.I.R.I.T. and Guerilla Wireless as well as building integrated wireless and video surveillance for airport security, municipal and critical infrastructure, SCADA systems, and hotel/MDU deployments.

Tales from the Towers Chapter 50: Cry “Havoc!” And let slip the dogs of war

Interesting fellow that Shakespeare because not only did he write plays, he also acted in them. And although Tales from the Towers doesn’t hold a candle (pre-electric times, you can groan now) to Mr. William’s contributions to culture, I have a double life too. If you haven’t guessed it yet, writing articles really isn’t my […]

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

ubiquiti nanobridge

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

scada products

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 […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 45: I’ll give you two 5s for 10

In this article, Rory Conaway argues why wireless ISPs should use the 10 GHz frequency for backhaul. He urges the FCC to open it up for unlicensed use. What if there were a new 500 MHz wide band of spectrum barely being used that wasn’t on anyone’s radar? What if that band already had equipment […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 44: Why the Connect America Fund should be abolished

This article addresses why the Connect America Fund should be shut down and what steps can be taken to encourage competition in the market for wired and wireless broadband services. I’ve mentioned many times that I believe our current government is simply clueless.  Unfortunately, I’ve come to realize that it’s simply far worse than that. […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 43: Galactus – Destroyer of Wired Worlds

wifi access point on top of roof

I’ve seen projections in our industry range from “the WISP market is dying, we need to move to fiber” up to “new technologies in RF are going to make fiber the horse and buggy of bandwidth industry”.  The truth is that the wireless industry is about to put the hurt on the Wired World and […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 42: Frustration, Thy Name is Backhaul Tech Support

wifi access point on top of roof

I should have called this article, “How I spent my Christmas vacation developing an ulcer” (from the abominable state of backhaul tech support). I know, I know, WISPs never really get a vacation.  I’m so paranoid about being out of touch that I took a satellite phone on a cruise and left the number with my […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 41: If I Had a Hammer

wifi access point on top of roof

In this article, Rory Conaway writes about how wireless equipment manufacturers should be pushing the boundaries of technology, not just giving WISPs what WISPs think they need today. Doing so would lower dramatically the cost of deployment and allows WISPs to compete with wireline broadband providers. Every time a new product comes out, there is […]