REAL ANSWERS, GUARANTEED PERFORMANCE
by David S. Theodore, Pres. & Wireless Ethernet Pioneer
Point-to-point wireless is amazing technology, but incredibly confusing too. Vendor literature can be so inconsistent about bandwidth and distance claims - among other things, and you can get a different opinion from every consultant you ask. But that's why I have this job, to give you perfectly straight, reliable answers for the best return on your wireless investment.
Why believe me? Well, I literally wrote the book on wireless Ethernet, being first to develop the technology, which as founder of Microwave Bypass, I brought to market years ahead of any competition. Our solution, the "Etherwave Transceiver", formed the core of the New England Internet and connected world leaders in every field of endeavor. We partnered with Cisco to create the first full-duplex interface and brought Motorola into the business. And our groundbreaking work continues to this day. But moreover, I still spend a fair amount of time in the field, where it's nice to get out from behind a desk and gain hands on knowledge of the radios we recommend. If you have a project in mind or a particular concern, or you just need a straight answer, then email me and I'll be glad to help.
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Let me give you a quick overview. For starters, if you're looking at point-to-point wireless, then you'll be choosing between two types of "radios". One runs in publicly shared frequency bands (e.g., 2.4 & 5 GHz) and is therefore "license exempt". You can take it out of the box, set it on your roof and use it the same day. The other uses specially coordinated and licensed FCC frequencies, and there you're waiting 45-60 days for (guaranteed) approval. The wait is worth it though, as I'll explain later.
Is it "wireless" or "microwave"? Of course every radio is "wireless", but to be more specific, ones that transmit between 2 and 38GHz run in the microwave portion of the frequency spectrum and so they're called "microwave". Most point-to-point wireless is "microwave", but when you get to the higher frequencies, the 60-80GHz range, you're in the "millimeter wave" part of the frequency spectrum and those are called "E-band" radios.
What you need to know is that both radio types, licensed and unlicensed, are equally available to you, however there are huge differences between the two - like bandwidth and latency, even cost and implementation time. The type of radio you go with will have everything to do with the amount of bandwidth you need (licensed microwave gives you more), the distance between your sites and whether we need to worry against interference, say in a congested metropolitan area. At Meridian, we're wedded to best solutions, not vendors, and we also know that even the most inspired product selection is no guarantee of performance.
Point-to-point wireless is an engineered solution with exacting tolerances, and so it takes good path engineering and a solid installation to reap the full benefits of any wireless product. Microwave manufacturers give you their specs from a lab bench, but our job is to factor in your particular environment, accounting for varying terrain, distance and weather, and making sure that the radio performs as well for you as it does on the lab bench.
Our experience and resourcefulness is unmatched and so whether you lease or buy your bandwidth, we'll deliver it on schedule, for a convenient, quality installation that stands the test of time. If you're looking for the most qualified, honest advice then email me and I'll get you started. Hungry for more information? Join my blog.
"HIGH PERFORMANCE" = 1/3 Planning, 1/3 Product & 1/3 Installation
There are some amazing radios on the market and we're proud to bring you the best of them from leading makers like Cambium, Dragonwave & Siklu, but we know as well as anyone, that the performance you get depends on the quality of the implementation (path study, frequency analysis & install). Every performance car needs a good mechanic to make it purr, and that concept is especially true in the microwave business. You can buy a top of the line radio with the best specs, but if you have path reflections or your antenna alignment is a couple of dBs off, then your results will be disappointing. Trust Meridian to deliver optimal performance, regardless of weather, terrain or distance. Want to talk about your application, email me.
We simplify product selection and empower our clients with sound advice and straightforward answers. I don't know about other industries, but in the wireless business, specs are fluffed up like job resumes and a lot of the marketing is flat out misleading (e.g., "aggregate throughput"). Like other things, it's "buyer beware" and so you need to be discerning about who you're getting answers from.
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In our product recommendations we strive for the best balance of cost and performance, offering state of the art, point-to-point wireless from only the best makers like Dragonwave, Exalt, Siklu and Ceragon Networks. If we're recommending a radio, it's because knowing what we know, we'd buy it for ourselves.
I hope you find what you need here, and would be honored if you'd recommend us to a friend.
Thanks and all the best,
David S. Theodore
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