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By brian ·
Greetings,

My local ISP is offering a wireless internet solution. It's NOT sattelite and it's not microwave. It does however require a rooftop antenna. When I inquired as to the exact technology used, they seemed reluctant to give out any useful information. He simply said it worked similar to cell phone technology and operated in the 2 Ghz range. In addition, it appears that each tower has a radius range of about 2-3 miles (4-6 mile radius).

Does anybody have any idea as to exactly what they are using? The main reason I want to know is so that I may save some money and purchase the hardware from a third party (they are getting $1,000 for the hardware).

Thanks,
Brian

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by timwalsh In reply to Wireless technology?

Here is probably more than you ever wanted to know about wireless Internet:

http://www.uniquesys.com/res11-broadband-wireless-access.htm

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Yes, you may be able to save money by getting your own equipment. But make sure that you understand the support aspects also. Chances are the equipment vendor might no support any specific Wireless Internet vendor. And the Wireless ISP probaly won't support third-party equipment. This will leaqve with a finger-pointing situation when you have problems. My recommendation is, unless you realize SIGNIFICANT savings by buying your own equipment along with a guarentee from the equipment vendor that his equipment WILL work with your specific situation, that you go with the equipment provided by the wireless vendor.

Hope this helps.

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by ISPnetworker In reply to Wireless technology?

This is probably 802.11b or 802.11g. If your provider is touting bandwidth exceeding 11Mbps (the theoretical limit of 802.11b) they are promoting 802.11g. Wile 802.11b has a usable range exceeding 12 miles (I've seen it working up to 19 miles), 802.11g has a more limited range, typical to what you are speaking of.

Buy the gear from your ISP; the headaches are worth whatever you may save. Additionally, the vendor will likely hold their configuration file as proprietary information, therebyrequiring locking you out of the configuration portion of the CPE.

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by rawright In reply to Wireless technology?

It's probably identical to what I have for Internet access. My ISP has a 802.11b network with access points around town, and outdoor routers linking back to his main location. From there it uses a T1 landline into Las Vegas for connection to the 'net. It uses Agere ORiNOCO hardware (now handled by Proxim) for the CPE. My total equipment cost, including an 18dBi beam antenna on the roof, was $475, and that cost has since dropped to $300 for new customers.

I'd be leery of this ISP - if they're reluctant to identify what type or brand of equipment they're using, the only motivation for this secretiveness is that they intend to screw you on the hardware cost. $1,000 is an obscene price for what has become generic technology. As to support issues, whether you buy from them or somewhere else, my experience is that support from the ISP is non-existent. Setup of WiFi CPE is simple, and most interoperate well, so I'd buy it on the retail market and take my chances.

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