That would be my first choice... BUT.   

No power.   No roads, very steep canyon walls in places.  

One side is a north east facing slope, shaded by the OTHER side, which is  
taller and blocks sun until late morning even in the summer and is shaded early 
afternoon by itself.   

Other side is also steep and of course, has lack of sun issues.    Sun's 
important if you want to use solar.    Down in the canyon, there's little wind, 
due to prevailing winds mostly just passing over the ridge tops crosswise.  

Also, much of the land on the hillside is public (state or federal).   Just 
plain hard to get to.    In other words, difficult and expensive and very 
inaccessible in the winter when there's snow on the steep slopes.  

So, mesh seems an option.   I just haven't heard of any good implementations.   
Nor have I been following mesh, just because it has never been applicable to 
me.    I was thinking of doing alternating 2.4 and 900 series of relays up the 
canyon, but that has weak points as well, especially the part about 900 
throughput and stability, as it concerns snow (lots of reflections, multipath, 
and then distant interference becomes serious interference, etc...).   Cost is 
a little higher for 900, though not bad.  

Everyone selling it says it works great.   Users generally know better...




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From: Blair Davis 
Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 11:13 AM
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Subject: Re: [WISPA] Outdoor mesh, has anyone seen any work well?


get an overview location and shoot 900MHz into it?

MDK wrote: 
I just got a call from a remote community, this is in "the mountains" so to 
speak.   It's actually a canyon with a river in the middle and houses on 
both sides.   It's not straight, and there's trees galore.    In other 
words, longest distance with 2.4 is going to be "not  very far".

But, there's a lot of people here, equivalent of a small town, and no other 
broadband, and only some of them could even use satellite, which they all 
seem to hate.    The populated area that's in this valley/canyon is spread 
over about 6 miles, the first 3 of which is open enough to use more 
conventional wireless setups.   The last 3 miles, the canyon has bends and 
narrow spots, and vastly more trees.

So, I got to thinking that an outdoor mesh might work for part of this, but 
I have yet to read of any truly successful outdoor meshes -especially that 
can deliver a large amount of bandwidth.

Anyone?


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