Someone posted a 3rd party GPS sync module (around $300 I think?). Can someone share that info with me again, please? :)


Mike Bushard, Jr wrote:

Run Advantage AP's and Legacy SM's.

With the Advantage AP's and legacy SM's you get the Latency, and High
Priority Channel all the time, and can burst to full 2X Rate. If you need
the full 2x Rate Sustained, buy an Advantage SM.

To answer your question, yes the Advantage AP will deliver the full 14Mb

Mike Bushard, Jr
Wisper Wireless Solutions, LLC

-----Original Message-----
Behalf Of Travis Johnson
Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2006 11:51 AM
To: WISPA General List
Subject: Re: [WISPA] vendor specs -- Jon

Another quick question...

If you are running a Canopy Advantage AP and you use regular Canopy SM's, can the AP still deliver the 14Mbps of bandwidth, or will it be limited to 7Mbps (like the SM's)?

Trying to decide if I want to use Advantage SM's or just regular?


Anthony Will wrote:

Well I have had 2.4ghz radio's link up at -89db (not very well mind you but...) so I don't know what to tell you other then Moto has traditionally understated there spec sheets. The GPS is what sets the timing for the AP's. The AP's coordinate the timing slots for all SM's registered to them. So how it works is that all AP's on channel 1 across the world all transmit at the same time, and all SM's synced to a AP on channel 1 with GPS timing from the AP listen at the same time. Distance is not relevant unless you are utilizing the feature set of the SM to retransmit a GPS sync pulse that it receives from and AP to a BH or AP. The lag that is introduced by having to transmit that pulse info across the wireless link to the SM retransmitting is the only time that distance can come into play. The application this is used for is for a cheap repeater system so that you dont have to have a GPS synchronizing device at every tower.
GPS -->AP#1 /
\>SM (retransmitting GPS sync pulse) -->AP#2 -->SM (retransmitting GPS sync pulse) -->AP#3 (this AP will be out of sync with AP#1)

Basically the timing is measured in nano seconds so it takes to long for RF to transmit the data across the wireless links to continue to propagate the timing signal. But if you put a GPS sync generating device at AP#3 it would be in perfect time with AP#1 and close enough timing with AP#2 that they all would get along.

One thing to keep in mind is if you are the only Canopy shop in the area you can have your AP's generate the sync pulse and avoid the cost of the GPS synchronizing items. Also again as for the distance statement. 6 AP's in a cluster sharing 3 channels have to be synced. believe me the messy antenna on the Canopy units dont have a good enough F/B ratio to not hear another AP 6" away from it. The two AP's that are back to back share the same channel so that when they transmit the SM's that are listening are as far away from each other as possible and thus reduce any chance of talking over each other. The largest benefit that GPS sync allows is to add additional capacity to area's by allowing for more towers to be in a smaller area without self interference. If long range rural deployments are the plan then GPS sync will only benefit you if you have competitors utilizing the same equipment and configuration in the area. So a Moto advantage cluster has about 84mb total (Classic Canopy would be 42mb) FTP bandwidth available to it. If more is needed you can place the towers with in a few miles and divide a cell into two micro cells each with a possible 84mb of total bandwidth for a total of 168mb serviced to a given area. One last note, GPS timing will not allow for two separate clusters of the same type ( two 2.4ghz clusters) to be on the same tower. I can't write out whats in my head on this.... getting a little late in the night but if you wanted to I could talk to you over the phone and explain it. Send me an email to anthonyw (at) and Ill give you my cell phone number or give you a call.

Anthony Will
Broadband Corp.

Travis Johnson wrote:


First, the spec sheet on Motorola's website says -86 RSSI.

What happens when you have more than 3 towers outside of the 8 mile range of GPS sync? The 2.4ghz signal will definately travel that far, causing self-interference, correct?


Anthony Will wrote:

Answers in-line

Travis Johnson wrote:


I'd like to go back to the specs on different radios just so I can compare for myself...

Trango 2.4ghz:
5Mbps auto ratio
8 non-overlapping channels
10mhz spectrum per channel
-90 Receive level
15 mile range (without a grid)
External connector and dual-pol integrated antenna
$879 AP (WISP price)
$479 SU (WISP price)

Canopy 2.4ghz (regular):
7Mbps fixed ratio
3 non-overlapping channels
20mhz spectrum per channel
-86 Receive level
2.4 canopy has a -89 receive level

5 mile range (without a dish)
$902 AP (reseller price online)
$490 SU (reseller price online)
I am guessing your quoting single prices here. Now that maybe viable for this discussion but realistically if a WISP is not financially able to purchase in 25 packs they likely are very underfunded. So that the information is available a 25 pack of the "Classic" 2.4 ghz Canopy units is $6709 so if you break that down to single price that is about $269ea + $50 for reflector for a total of $319ea. It is possible to get them cheaper then this but you will have to deal with co-op's or Also I would never install a unit with a 60* pattern (Trango or Canopy). Just include the$50 for a reflector or stinger from

Based on the information from Mike, I could not use Canopy. In several areas, I have 4-5 towers located within 5 miles of each other.... how do I do that with Canopy? With Trango, I use a different channel for the sector pointing toward another tower (frequency planning and coordination is very important) and everything works great. Is there a solution for this with Canopy?
This is where GPS sync comes in. You can point two different tower locations on the same frequency at each other and they will not interfere with each other. This is how it is possible to do a 6 AP cluster on one tower with only 3 non overlapping channels.

Also, by using only a 10mhz spectrum per channel, Trango's channel 1 and channel 8 are actually outside the reach of Canopy and 802.11 (for the most part) and thus can almost always be used in a noisy environment.
Remember with Canopy you generally don't have to avoid interference. Find the cleanest channel and 90% of the time you will be the few db louder then the noise that you need to make a viable link.

Anthony Will
Broadband Corp


Mike Bushard, Jr wrote:

Well, so far as we can tell the only thing that can kill canopy, IS CANOPY. We have put it up against WaveRider, Alvarion, and 802.11b. They all fell of
the face of the earth.
We have 16 tower sites deployed, all 900Mhz and 2.4, over 1000 CPE and more
on the way. (I realize there are many people bigger than us.)

We use a mix of MTI Omni's, MTI or Tiltek 120deg Sectors (MTI for Horizontal and Tiltek for Vertical) and integrated 60deg sectors (I really wish someone would come out with a descent H-pol as I don't like the integrated antenna)
with 900. Cyclone Omni's or 120deg sectors on 2.4.

Here is what I have found with GPS Sourced Sync vs. Generate Sync:

If you want channel reuse you need GPS sourced sync.
If you have a tower more than 8 miles away, you need to use different
channels no matter what, even with GPS sourced sync you still have speed of
light issues from tower to tower.

Can you Generate sync and deploy multiple AP's in a given area, yes. You just need to make sure you have Frequency separation. Does this mean I
recommend it, NO.

Also even with every site GPS Synced, you still can only put so many AP's in a given area be for you need to go to a different polarity. At least we know
there will never be another 900Mhz based ISP in one of our towns.....

Also on a side note, I have never found a problem with 2.4, it is 900 that will give you problems, it just carries so far. If the noise floor was lower, and Canopy could run at -90 we would have coverage for a long ways.
It seems like we can always pick up a AP at -80.


Mike Bushard, Jr
Wisper Wireless Solutions, LLC

-----Original Message-----
Behalf Of Matt Liotta
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 5:07 PM
To: WISPA General List
Subject: Re: [WISPA] vendor specs -- Jon

Patrick Leary wrote:

I'm speaking about multipoint matt, not ptp. The dedicated ptp you are doing is by far the exception. Canopy is designed, built, and sold to be primarily a pmp system. I've never met or heard of a Canopy pmp network
of any scale that did not require GPS.

I'd be interested in further explanation on this topic. We have some Canopy pmp and haven't found the lack of GPS a problem. Granted we don't have a large amount of pmp, but I would certainly like to understand any future pain before we experience it.


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