I was just speaking with Meru about their bonded wireless backbone
technology announced at Interop. They will be able to very significant
amounts of bandwidth via WiFi but it's not out till later this year
From: Scott Himes [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2006 12:26 PM
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Subject: Re: [NETMAN] Networking urban campus buildings
We're using three pairs of [
1400 series 54 Mbps 802.11a wireless bridges to connect different
buildings or sets of buildings to our main campus. If the receiving end
all three pairs were not so distant we could actually do
point-to-multipoint, but the locations are at diverse enough points
the border of campus to necessitate three distinct pairs.
They have worked great for us--they've been extremely reliable, have
handled our 15-20 Mbps peaks without issue, and are relatively
(about $3500 each/$7-8000 for the pair or so, depending on your
Let me know if you have any questions about them.
Scott Himes * Manager, Network Services
Information Technology * Biola University
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<[log in to unmask]> on Friday, May 26, 2006 at 6:32 AM -0800
>(apologies for the cross-posting)
>I'm hoping to gather some information about what other schools do to
>network administrative buildings that are separated by city streets.
>We've been struggling with this since we moved staff to a second
>a couple of years ago. We're using a microwave bridge, a Proxim
>Quickbridge, with line-of-sight between dishes on the roofs of the two
>buildings. It gets 34 Mbps, which is significantly faster than a T1
>would give us, but we're still experiencing some problems with our
>administrative database systems, and we are also concerned about
>redundancy. We had some problems with the device last week, and all of
>our offices here had no network for close to two days. Part of the
>problem is that all of our network services are currently run from the
>main building, so file storage, print serving, authentication, etc. all
>have to go through the bridge. We're in the process of changing that,
>which should help, but I'm also curious to know what kinds of
>cost-effective solutions others have implemented.
>Matthew S. Burfeind
>Director of Information Technology
>Boston Architectural Center
>320 Newbury Street
>Boston, MA 02115
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