Radio Silence?

So what have I been doing for the last four weeks?  

I've been in contact with senior British Telecom folks about broadband here in Marykirk. Their reaction - a deadlock letter and absolutely no commitment to upgrade our long-overdue-for-an-upgrade exchange. Which has driven me to set up a Wireless Internet Service Provider.  

You can find it here.  

Thanks to the kindness and patience of some local folks, we now have a WISP network, based on Ubiquiti Nanostation M5 devices, stretching from the twinking lights of Montrose (where they have decent internet) right to Marykirk (where we dont).

I now know how to write a 'Worst Practices' session for WISP's. I think its been a steep learning curve for both myself and Euan, but we reached the stage yesterday where I worked from home, using the new faster links. 

So how hard is it to do. 

  1. Find a source and target site with clear line of site. And/Or intermediate sites. Thanks to the local geography here, we have TWO intermediate sites. Each site should have access to power, and be secure. 
  2. Go to MSDIST and buy two or more Ubiquiti Nanostation M5 devices. They're great units, and I've received great support from them. 
  3. Stick in some sort of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE). Something like an Apple Airport Express is costly, but is very reliable. 
  4. Stick them on a TV pole, plug them in and spend 10-15 minutes configuring them
  5. Sit back and enjoy a 300mb/s bidirectional link

I set up a point-to-point link 5 or 6 years ago, and had to fiddle around with discrete units, antenna cables, etc. Far far more difficult. 

Would I recommend it? Yes. It's been a blast, and soon we'll roll it out to other folks in the Mearns, once we're happy with the reliability of the links.