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KBarley6

join:2012-03-16
Virginia Beach, VA

[Fixed] Planning help for rural tower for WIFI

Need broadband at my home in the mountains in regulated no cell phone signal area. I have a clear view of the 100' cell/cable tower 5 miles away and 500' higher. My house is 500' from the best line of sight(LOS) spot with many 125' trees blocking view of cell tower. I can cut trees and provide LOS between best tower location and house. I priced 650' fiber for the same link and just laying conduit/sleeve down recent trench is $2500. Establishing electrical service within 50' of proposed location. At best location, I think can clear the trees I can't cut @ 20-30' because they are downslope. Location is ridge top in Blue Ridge Mountains (22952) VA, so wind and ice build-up should be considered. Earthquakes do happen, but 5.5 is max to plan for. Would plan for WIFI Radio and antenna at top, and possibly mid-antenna radio and antenna to house.

The only tower companies I can find locally are large, commercial providers who do not respond to my requests for info. My technical experience is very low, I've wired my house for cable and Ethernet, but that's it.

I want a solid plan and budget before beginning. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.


wirelessdog

join:2008-07-15
Queen Anne, MD
kudos:1

Trying to cut through your ramble. In one sentence, what are you trying to accomplish?


KBarley6

join:2012-03-16
Virginia Beach, VA

Develop a plan and budget to link my house to the Internet.

Decide on these different options:

Really tall tower next to my house, or

Smaller tower at LOS location?

If this is the choice:
WIFI link, or
Fiber link?

After that, basic advice on choosing radios and hiring or DIY installation.

Better way of saying this?


wirelessdog

join:2008-07-15
Queen Anne, MD
kudos:1
reply to KBarley6

So you are just looking to establish line of site to a WISP so you can have Internet?


KBarley6

join:2012-03-16
Virginia Beach, VA

Yes, sort of.

They are a traditional ISP that will help me link to their fiber/cable network from a tower they use for other purposes. They typically do not provide wireless residential services.

They do not want to get more involved than their end of the link.


wirelessdog

join:2008-07-15
Queen Anne, MD
kudos:1
reply to KBarley6

What type of equipment do they have on their remote end?


KBarley6

join:2012-03-16
Virginia Beach, VA

None. They talked about WiMAX or other, but this isn't their core business.

Basically they offer Internet, power and radio spot on their tower.

Once I get my end sortd out, I think they will provide their end


wirelessdog

join:2008-07-15
Queen Anne, MD
kudos:1
reply to KBarley6

So you need to provide equipment for both ends of the link. That makes things a bit easier. Is 500' a rough measurement? Is it any more than 500'?


KBarley6

join:2012-03-16
Virginia Beach, VA
reply to wirelessdog

None. They talked about WiMAX or other, but this isn't their core business.

Basically they offer Internet, power and radio spot on their tower.

Once I get my end sortd out, I think they will provide their end


KBarley6

join:2012-03-16
Virginia Beach, VA
reply to wirelessdog

Rough, I have the (think) the MotoRola PTPlink profile on a different computer. Distant end is licensed Tower.

My elevation is 2500+, Wintergreen Mountain cell tower is less than 4000'. Can get exact values Monday.


wirelessdog

join:2008-07-15
Queen Anne, MD
kudos:1
reply to KBarley6

I'm talking about the 500' to have line of site to the tower.


KBarley6

join:2012-03-16
Virginia Beach, VA

Measured 600 to 650'