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  Reply # 921632 25-Oct-2013 13:06
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NZJon:
Dumb question: with the (say) Ubiquiti gear, can you create a "corridor" of wireless coverage following, say, the Collingwood to Bainham Road along the Aorere Valley? I get that you can do point-to-point relaying, with pairs of Rocket M5s for example; presumably there's a way of getting coverage to an area of properties, and not just from one place to another, right?

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Short answer is yes.

Longer answer is that you need to pick the right bit of gear for each bit of the network, but you're thinking in the right direction in my view.

As for MiniDSLAM's...  I've been looking at those too.  They're getting cheaper and cheaper.

I'm looking at those for my area where 30% of homes at my local school aren't connected to the internet.

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  Reply # 921678 25-Oct-2013 14:38
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Yep definately the option.

With our set up everything was relatively close. There were no links longer than 2km. We used a Rocket M5 with a 90 degree sector antenna for distribution. Power was dialled down a fair bit too.
For client radios we just used good ol NanoStation M5s. There are around 25 clients.

To get a link up to the 'high site' where the Rocket is we used a pair RocketM5s with a high gain RocketDish antenna. This was by far the most expensive piece of kit all up. So we had two links beaming back to where the fibre was around 25-30km away. These links are then load balanced and also provide a bit of natural redundancy in that there are two of them so if one goes down it doesn't kill the entire site.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 921846 25-Oct-2013 19:08
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chevrolux: Yep definately the option.

With our set up everything was relatively close. There were no links longer than 2km. We used a Rocket M5 with a 90 degree sector antenna for distribution. Power was dialled down a fair bit too.
For client radios we just used good ol NanoStation M5s. There are around 25 clients.

To get a link up to the 'high site' where the Rocket is we used a pair RocketM5s with a high gain RocketDish antenna. This was by far the most expensive piece of kit all up. So we had two links beaming back to where the fibre was around 25-30km away. These links are then load balanced and also provide a bit of natural redundancy in that there are two of them so if one goes down it doesn't kill the entire site.


iirc Rockets are only single pole aren't they?






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  Reply # 921876 25-Oct-2013 20:12
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DonGould:
chevrolux: Yep definately the option.

With our set up everything was relatively close. There were no links longer than 2km. We used a Rocket M5 with a 90 degree sector antenna for distribution. Power was dialled down a fair bit too.
For client radios we just used good ol NanoStation M5s. There are around 25 clients.

To get a link up to the 'high site' where the Rocket is we used a pair RocketM5s with a high gain RocketDish antenna. This was by far the most expensive piece of kit all up. So we had two links beaming back to where the fibre was around 25-30km away. These links are then load balanced and also provide a bit of natural redundancy in that there are two of them so if one goes down it doesn't kill the entire site.


iirc Rockets are only single pole aren't they?




Nope, they have dual antenna. So for the distance we were looking at I figured the best throughput would come from using these with nice high gain antenna.

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  Reply # 922989 28-Oct-2013 12:23
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RBI was originally supposed to allow fibre connections to the home/farm where the fibre runs by on the road. Not sure what the eventual timeframes were for a product release, so I'd say keep your eyes peeled in the future for that too.



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pjamieson: RBI was originally supposed to allow fibre connections to the home/farm where the fibre runs by on the road. Not sure what the eventual timeframes were for a product release, so I'd say keep your eyes peeled in the future for that too.


Hey, thanks for that, Paul. I suspect that ADSL will be *such* an improvement for most of us hicks out this way, that we'll be happy for some time. For the techy-hicks, like me, the option of FTTH or even VDSL will just be so tempting, so inviting... so alluring, but just out of reach for a few years yet, I'd reckon.

Small steps, though. Small steps.

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