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Offline Bushman

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Modem No More!
« on: July 22, 2011, 06:47:15 PM »
FINALLY!  My dial-up modem comms is no more!  WiMax packet radio was installed yesterday.  And it ROCKS!  I now can actually have hourly weather.  Will put in a PTZ cam.  One thing I find is that occasionally drops part of one of the Weatherlink .gifs  But since it gets updated next hr and the written measure is on the webpage, I can live with it.  WiMax is pretty cool.
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Re: Modem No More!
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2011, 12:56:22 AM »
Does that require a license or does it work through a phone?
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Re: Modem No More!
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2011, 09:54:14 AM »
Are there any monthly bandwidth limits on that service?
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Re: Modem No More!
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2011, 12:46:21 PM »
No license required - this is packet radio at 5.8 gHz.  The antenna is the size of a box of Kraft dinner.  It is on my wx pole; will post a pic later.  The antenna points to a  tower approx. 2.5 kms across the lake - and no attenuation from  the water either (although the first 2.4 box did not work as well)

I'm on a 40 gig/mo plan and that should more than do it.  Cost is about a buck a gig (40 bucks a month) for 3.5/1 and the 40 gig limit FYI.  WELL worth it IMO.
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Re: Modem No More!
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2011, 12:51:47 PM »
No license required - this is packet radio at 5.8 gHz.  The antenna is the size of a box of Kraft dinner.  It is on my wx pole; will post a pic later.  The antenna points to a  tower approx. 2.5 kms across the lake - and no attenuation from  the water either (although the first 2.4 box did not work as well)

I'm on a 40 gig/mo plan and that should more than do it.  Cost is about a buck a gig (40 bucks a month) for 3.5/1 and the 40 gig limit FYI.  WELL worth it IMO.

How about a link to some additional info on this package? Does the 3.5/1 refer to 3.5MBS down and 1MBS upload speeds?

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Re: Modem No More!
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2011, 01:17:51 PM »
Is that actually your internet service or just something specific to your application?
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Re: Modem No More!
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2011, 01:32:33 PM »
WiMax is a micro-wave style point-to-multipoint "ethernet" connection.  For people too far from DSL central offices and not on "Internet capable" cable systems, it's a really good choice.  Think of it as DSL without the wires.  Older versions of WiMax were actually 802.11 wireless with high-gain directional antennas.  By putting 20db on the primary lobe, we could get some good distance without violating the "100mW total radiated power" rule.  Wimax runs in the 5.2Ghz band, where regular home-style 802.11 typically runs in the 2.4g range.

For personal "no monthly" point-to-point connections, I still think this is one of the best ways to go (assuming LOS and rooftop access).

Speeds and distances vary - the longest haul I ever installed was about 6 miles.  As with all LOS systems, you really do need to be able to see the tower at the 'central' node where the head-end/repeater is.  A company called 'Tranzeo' was where we got all of our equipment.

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Re: Modem No More!
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2011, 03:04:04 PM »
Is that actually your internet service or just something specific to your application?

I signed up for a commercial provider for this.
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Re: Modem No More!
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2011, 03:07:03 PM »
No license required - this is packet radio at 5.8 gHz.  The antenna is the size of a box of Kraft dinner.  It is on my wx pole; will post a pic later.  The antenna points to a  tower approx. 2.5 kms across the lake - and no attenuation from  the water either (although the first 2.4 box did not work as well)

I'm on a 40 gig/mo plan and that should more than do it.  Cost is about a buck a gig (40 bucks a month) for 3.5/1 and the 40 gig limit FYI.  WELL worth it IMO.

How about a link to some additional info on this package? Does the 3.5/1 refer to 3.5MBS down and 1MBS upload speeds?



http://www.motorola.com/Business/US-EN/Product+Lines/MOTOwi4/wi4+WiMAX/   And yeah, that is the speed listed but it is avg. as I see faster/slower depending on a lot of stuff.   It sure is nice to have real Internet.  :)
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Re: Modem No More!
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2011, 05:46:48 PM »
NM

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« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2011, 08:33:43 PM »
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Re: Modem No More!
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2011, 12:14:13 PM »
NM
???

I had you mixed up with slowmodem. I made a congratulatory post about him getting off dial up and posted it, then realized it was you. That age thing, you know.
I guess in retrospect I could have just changed slowmodem to Bushman and accomplished the same thing.
So... congratulations on getting off dial up and welcome to the real internet. :oops:

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Re: Modem No More!
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2011, 09:49:41 PM »
No worries - I have CRS as well.  Can't Remember Squat.  :)
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