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 […]

Details about the Douglasville muni Wi-Fi project

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Last week I posted an article entitled “Is Google secretly funding large-scale Wi-Fi projects”. In the article, I pointed to two municipal Wi-Fi projects funded by Google, one in Pryor, Oklahoma and the other in Douglasville, Georgia. The Douglasville muni Wi-Fi network is an IPv6-enabled outdoor public Wi-Fi network funded by Google, which has a data […]

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 43: Galactus – Destroyer of Wired Worlds

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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 41: If I Had a Hammer

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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 […]

Cisco buys Meraki for $1.2B, makes Ruckus, Ubiquiti, Aruba look undervalued

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Cisco is acquiring Meraki, a private company, for $1.2 billion. Meraki has sold Wi-Fi mesh networking equipment, although more recently it has positioned itself as a cloud-based Wi-Fi management service. Indeed, contrary to what has been said in other articles, it is clear that Cisco is buying Meraki not for its wireless mesh technology, but […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 39: WISPA exhaustion

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Rory Conaway goes into more detail on how to make money as a wireless ISP and reports on the interesting things he saw at the most recent WISPALOOZA, the annual gathering of wireless ISPs, putting an end to the belief that what goes on in Vegas, stays in Vegas. If you haven’t been to WISPAPALOOZA […]

Ruckus Wireless IPO shares priced between $13 and $15, risks remain

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Ruckus Wireless has finally priced its IPO: it will sell 8.4 million shares at a price of between $13 to $15 per share. According to Forbes, the company will have 73,685,793 shares outstanding, and at the midpoint of the range, the company would have a market cap of $1.03 billion. In the Forbes article, Eric […]

Tips on how improve WiFi in conferences and other crowded venues

We’ve all been to conferences and other types of events where there’s Wi-Fi service, but it is too slow or even unusable. I asked people who set up Wi-Fi networks for crowded events what one must do to ensure that users have a good Wi-Fi experience. One wireless ISP provided the following tips: (1) Plan […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 38: Pick a Tool, Any Tool – what every wireless ISP should know

Wireless ISPs (WISPS) have more tools available today to improve the performance of wireless networks. There is an optimized product for every single model that is currently deployed, and there are a lot of different models. From grounded RJ-45 connectors to antennas and every component in between, it’s impossible to keep up with everything.  Ask […]