Depending on which WISP I can get a signal from I generally use Canopy
equipment and have not seen any rain fade at home. My link is just
under 15 miles from the tower. I wonder if your WISP has their radios
set up for synchronous connectivity. My WISP had problems with drop outs
until they synchronized all their equipment.
I also have another link using 802.11g that runs to a different WISP,
about 5 miles away. It doesn't seem to be as reliable as the Canopy
link, but that could be because of the provider, rather than my
Some of the areas I cover are rather hilly. I have put up several 50'
masts on top of buildings to get the antenna high enough to reach a
tower. I have some pictures of one installation on my web site,
http://www.hornesystemstx.com/Horne%20Systems1.htm if you are interested.
If your friend has access to an 802.11 radio and directional antenna, it
might be worth pointing it off in all directions to see what he can
find. Never can tell where someone will put up a mesh node or WISP antenna.
Thusly spake David Scheidt:
> On 8/20/07, Pat Horne <email@example.com> wrote:
>> Has your friend looked to see if there is a ground based wireless
>> internet provider in the area? Actually, I do installs for this type of
>> service for rural folks in the Central Texas area. I've done links up to
>> 20 miles from the tower that work just fine. The ground based wireless
>> does not go out during rain storms, does not suffer from the delays, and
>> usually costs less than satellite service.
> He said his friend was in rural Vermont. Unlike Central Texas,
> there's terrain there.
> What sort of fixed wireless do you do? I've got service from a
> provider using Motorola's Canopy system. It's fast and fairly cheap.
> I wouldn't say it's immune from rain fade, though.
Pat Horne, Owner, Horne Systems
(512) 797-7501 Voice 5026 FM 2001
Pat@HorneSystemsTx.com Lockhart, TX 78644-4443
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