Is your WISP ready for Video Tsunami streaming growth?

Video Tsunami Streaming Growth

Last Mile Gear works tirelessly to ensure that we research products and perform actual tests on the products we sell and suggest. We believe that there is more to our customer’s experience than just getting honest researched answers as to what will answer their problem today. Our sales team, (Jason & Tre), are also looking for answers to issues down the road, like next year and the three years after that. So we are curious enough to ask, “Is your wireless network ready for the Video Tsunami streaming growth?” 

streaming video

We wanted to bring up this subject since we believe we are here for more than just selling equipment to our customers and that we are ourselves a working WISP. In many recent studies, including one from Cisco Systems, “Cisco Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2015-2020”, the subject of the increase of video streaming and the effects on WISP’s not ready has been forecasted. So as all of us are looking into future proofing our networks, we must consider more than simply the newest products and what they will do for us now, or a year down the road. We must think in terms of what will our customers need and how we will be able to serve them better or even just keep up with the demands. With this short blog post we discuss some of the statistics and how to keep that in mind when thinking of our WISP businesses, our customers, and the future. (more…)

Cambium cnMedusa PMP 450m release information

Will Cambium Networks version of Medusa live up to the namesake?

cnMedusa from Cambium Networks was officially released for pre-orders yesterday (6/22/16). I personally sat through the webinar that was intended for the public customer. I have linked to the product details that are a part of our product listing for the cnMedusa PMP 450m. I was very impressed by all of the information given as to what the Access Point was going to be able to do. I kind of figured that the distances they spoke of were going to be pretty much unchanged.

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Is “Wired West” an Idea that will grow?

Wired West a Growing Concept

With the global carrier WIFI equipment market growing to $713 million for 2015, and continued technology growth for Wi-Fi and consumer products year over year, it is estimated that by 2020 the market for Wi-Fi technology will grow to $1.5 Billion annually. Does this impact your industry as a WISP, yes it does and the only question is if you’re going to be part of it or not?


Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac, based on 5GHz spectrum, offers higher-than-ever capacities and has rapidly become the dominant standard for carrier Wi-Fi deployments, also driving upgrade purchasing from 802.11n deployments. There are more and more situations like the ones happening in rural Massachusetts where there is not enough fiber to the rural areas and the communities affected are taking action and either choosing the high cost of fiber build out or a more cost effective wireless network build.

We have discussed on and on for months that the market is growing and research has shown no signs of slowing. Now there is seemingly a trend on the horizon that some communities are working towards developing a “Co-op” of sorts in order to create a wired network (Wired West) to their communities and not hassle with the carriers. As you read this you are probably thinking that it is for fiber in the ground. It is in some places but there are limits to some of those communities that will never be answered by fiber in the ground, no matter what. This is an issue and an opportunity for those of us in the wireless world.

Most of us in the WISP industry are aware of the fact that the technology in our industry is advancing more and more. It is necessary to know the new technologies that are available in order to advance your wireless network for customer’s demands. We are not only a WISP network equipment reseller, we also are a WISP for the community we work and live in. We have the struggles that come with owning a WISP for a large community. We try our best to keep up with the newest advancing technologies coming from manufacturers such as Cambium™ or SAF™ or Telrad™. We also are aware that it is more than just being aware of the newest technologies but also some information to help us all in making better business decisions.

There are many opinions in the WISP world about what the future holds for rural and suburban communities and the lack of fiber to homes and small businesses. We think it is great that there are more companies like Siae or baicells or Telrad or Mimosa that bring new cost effective technologies to our industry. But when there are discussions of local and state government bodies giving some of the suburban communities the ok to create co-op like structures in order to finance their own fiber based network, we actually see this as a positive move for our industry. Most of us in the WISP industry are well aware of the very high costs of laying fiber optics and then the high costs of maintaining it as well. In my opinion, as communities learn what our industry is already aware of, the wireless internet service providers will become much more attractive price and time wise.

As we move forward small and mid-sized WISP’s need not be so worried as some are about what the future holds for the industry. We just need to work with our manufacturers, suppliers, and reseller that are informed in the most cost effective technologies and the business methods to help promote those newest technologies.

Lightning & Cambium Gigabit Ethernet Surge Suppressors do mix.

Cambium Gigabit Ethernet Surge Suppressor

I would like to introduce the Cambium Gigabit Ethernet Surge Suppressor. Lightning doesn’t need to strike twice for WISP Towers to cost you. A surge protector (or surge suppressor) is an appliance or device designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes. A surge protector attempts to limit the voltage supplied to an electric device by either blocking or shorting to ground any unwanted voltages above a safe threshold.

cambium gigabit ethernet surge suppressor from last mile gear.


For those of us that work daily in the WISP industry, we know the facts about increasing demands for wireless connectivity. This demand has, of course, led to a proliferation of access points, radios, and subscriber units. With the ever increasing demands and the forecasted demand for wireless spectrum to increase up to five times what we have currently in 2016, protecting your investment is paramount, The better line of sight advantages produce better connectivity and reliability for the end customers, which in turn strengthens our WISP business. With these increased mounting towers, and their locations, comes more financial risk.

Unfortunately the combination of ever increasing heights of towers and increased numbers of them, brings about the subject of the possibility of lightning induced power surges. A single lightning strike involves thousands of volts and thousands of amperes of current that can bring down a wireless network and place customers in the dark, not to mention the financial damage to equipment. Of course there are some manufacturers that have built in protection on their equipment, but most of these units cannot handle the transient or sometimes explosive power from a strike. So surge suppressors are an investment that are worth every penny and a simple form of insurance for the WISP owner. There are many different brands on the market and not all things are created equal.

The use of a surge suppressor on an Ethernet line is not without its consequences however. All Ethernet surge protectors will degrade the performance of the Ethernet line. The use of protective components that inherently have a capacitive component, as well as the limitations of PCB layout techniques, contribute to the degradation. The use of two protectors on each end of the line will provide protection for each end against surges, at the cost of increased line loss and the possibility of introducing a ground loop into the line.

One of the things to consider, also, is what manufacturer of equipment you have running your network. You can mix and match surge suppressors from different manufacturers and it will work fine, until the first real surge of power from a strike, then and only then will you know for sure how it will work. This is something to consider whether or not you  have an investment of a few hundred dollars or maybe thousands of dollars for a bigger network. It is a big financial risk to hope the surge suppressor you bought will work well. Now let’s discuss the purchase of some of the newest cutting edge technology, like the Cambium PTP 820S.

When you have made the investment of a great Cambium built product, like the 820S, it is just as important to invest in the right components that compliment your entire network, like a surge suppressor that is designed to work with Cambium equipment. One of the better investments, at this stage, is the Cambium Gigabit Ethernet Surge Suppressor. We have had the fortune of testing the product in rugged real world applications, of a WISP that has customers that depend on our service, in addition to our severe lab abuse test. Our unit met all of the specification test results that we were given by Cambium, and then some. We came away, after a pretty severe lightning season here in the great Pacific Northwest, with a smile on our face and a few saved bucks in our pockets.

Surge suppressors are abundant on the market, and some are very reliable and well made. For the money, customer peace of mind, network reliability, and your business isn’t it worth looking into the Cambium Gigabit Ethernet Surge Suppressor. Contact us if you have more detailed questions, even if you buy from someone else, we will be happy to answer your questions and try to help you make the best choice for your business.

Baicells Technologies & Last Mile Gear Teaming Up

baicells and last mile gear.

After less than two years Biacell’s technology has become a network accepted tech firm by one of the top mobile carriers in the world. They have planted themselves in the North American markets based out of Texas and have brought on the likes of wireless industry veterans such as Patrick Leary to lead them here. Last Mile Gear is happy and proud to announce our new working relationship with Baicells North America.

We feel there is a great deal of potential for our customers using the Baicells products to enable to expansion of their WISP networks and thus caring for their end using customers. Paired with the Innovation of Baicells technologies engineers and Last Mile Gear’s incredible service and support, the only winners will the customers.

Of course Last Mile Gear will be carrying the full line of Baicells products and can be found this Mid-April on their website Last Mile Gear. Stay tuned for more details and great promotions.