Tales from the Towers Chapter 54: Point-to-Points to Ponder

point-to-points mimosa

My timing hasn’t always been the greatest. I bought Google Earth Pro six weeks before they gave it away for free, I launched a data center with video streaming 10 days before 9-11, and my coupon for 1 free box of HoHo’s for every purchased box expired two days before I found it between the […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 53: It’s time to Point-to-Point out a few things

Over the last few months, it’s become painfully evident that the concept of government of the people, by the people, and for the people has morphed into government gives us the business, is run by business, and is there to serve business. The real power lies with the geriatric leaders of the House and Senate […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 52: Ubiquiti vs. Cambium vs. Mimosa, the Final Chapter

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I need to wrap up the Cambium and Ubiquiti comparison so this is the end, at least for a while. Part of the reason is that a third player is now in the game, Mimosa, so things are changing. I know there are other companies out there like Bitlomat, Proxim, and Radwin, but they are […]

Guest post: Can Wi-Fi for stadiums really work?

wi-fi in stadiums

Getting Wi-Fi to work at home or at work is one thing, but trying to connect 20,000 screaming fans trying to post their experiences to Instagram all at the same time is, well, nothing less than a daunting task. Yet this is what stadiums and other high capacity venues around the world are rushing to […]

Apply now to participate in rural broadband pilot program

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Attention ISPs and community advocates! The FCC has created a Rural Broadband Trials Program whose goal is to bring high-speed Internet access to those areas of rural America that still suffer from abominable broadband service. You can apply now to participate in this program and help solve this problem. You should submit an Expression of […]

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

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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

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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 […]