Robert L. Harris
Robert.L.Harris at rnd-consulting.com
Tue Jun 13 11:40:16 PDT 2000
Thus spake Ray Olszewski (ray at comarre.com):
> >On Mon, 12 Jun 2000, Robert L. Harris wrote:
> >> At any rate they need to network a number of buildings separated
> >> by hard concrete. The district is pushing for suspending fibre
> >> overland with the power/phone lines. I'm thinking wireless. I've got
> >> about 500" of clear line of sight to go. Any good solutions? Preferably
> >> as cheap as possible. Backing it with a linux box is also a good
> >> thing if it helps.
> The suggestions others have made are certainly interesting. I haven't myself
> looked at wireless solutions in several years ... but when I last did, I
> concluded they were cost effective only in situations where there were
> compelling reasons not to use a wired technology. The alternatives then were
> all a mix of slower than, less reliable than, or more expensive than
> conventional wire-based solutions.
> In this case, you do specify "as cheap as possible", and I assume that would
> have to come in cheaper than "suspending fibre overland". So ... can you
> give us a hint as to what this means in terms of the cost target?
I have requested some hard numbers, but no-one has stepped up yet. My
contact at the school is looking around to find a magic number.
> How many point-to-point pairs are needed (the suggestions you're getting all
> seem to be assuming you need only 1 link, not several)? You do say "a number
> of buildings", making me think the "number" is not "2".
Right now, 3 buildings, possibly a fourth later.
> What speed is acceptable (fibre will deliver 100 mB, even 1000 mB, with no
> problem; is 11 mB over 802.11, for example, acceptable if it achieves only a
> 10% cost reduction)?
If it's 10% of $2000 fiber would be better, if it were 20% of $12,000,
it's be significatn.
> Problems like yours are fundamentally about cost tradeoffs, and at this
> point, the wireless experts here are trying to make suggestions without
> knowing what they are "bidding against" as the wire-based option.
> BTW, you do mean 500' (feet), right ... not 500" (inches) ?
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