WISP Line of Sight?
I have been in contact with a WISP in my area, and discussing the possibility of getting me connected. I was told Line of Sight is very important, if not crucial, for this service.
My house to the "hub" is .7 miles, but is most certainly not LoS. There is a hill, and tree coverage between us. They offered to come and do a site survey, even though I mentioned the LoS issue.
Is there a chance that I will be able to make a connection, or am I boned? I had it in my head that it would use technology similar to cell phones, but guess not : /
Anyways, I might be able to convince the person doing the site survey to create another hub near me, if I can't get connected
Depending on the height of things, you may be able to use an antenna mast or even a small antenna tower.
We already have an antenna Mast up since we needed an external antenna for our 3g 'net connection too.
We used 20 ft of Black Gas pipe and put it into the ground almost 3 ft and then used some 1/8 steel strap to hold it to the fascia and keep it from moving.
Here is a shot from when we were removing a camera off the mast (cord hanging off) and it still had the Cell phone repeater (omni antenna at the top)..
Now it just has the WISP (Diamond) and the 3g (Sprint 1900 mhz) antenna up there. We use both ISP's. The 3g is just a backup connection since I can't be without a connection while working from home.
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If your WISP uses 5.8GHz gear, then it *must* be line of sight. 2.4 GHz is more tolerant of trees, but not hills. If they use 900 MHz gear, it might work.
An access point or "hub" as you call it could run between a thousand to several thousands of dollars. Unless they can see a return on a new one, then they likely won't put in one.
Thanks for the replies guys. Maniak, I don't think that is an option because of the valley and anything short of a giant tower wouldn't clear the hill.
WHT, I know what the "hub" looks like if that can determine the gear. Apparently they tested service on my street and everything was good, but I'm getting more clarification from the guys out in the field soon, so I should get a more definite answer.