If you’ve ever installed point-to-point bridges to extend a network, you know that alignment can be the hardest part. The longer the link is, the more difficult alignment gets, and even those of us in the business who have a good knack for alignment can get thrown for a loop on occasion. To compound matters, sometimes wireless bridges get installed in tricky, dangerous places. It’s not uncommon to use bridges for short-duration connectivity needs, like for events or even battlefield operations. I’ve set up my share of wireless bridges, and I’ve that occasional situation where even after a few days, the alignment bolts are starting to strip and we’re no closer to getting a stable link. I have a feeling I’m not alone here.
Cambium Networks has recently introduced what can only be described as a “force multiplier” when it comes to getting their popular point-to-point hardware aligned. The Quick Deploy Positioner is not the only device on the market that promises to help with automatic bridge alignments, but Cambium does feel they have a winner in the Quick Deploy Positioner thanks to a number of differentiators:
- Usable, optimized links are brought to life in under 5 minutes
- Non-experts can successfully create high-speed links using the Positioner
- Power options including PoE, AC, and even solar
I challenged Cambium on the Positioner’s list price (a little north of $18K) and was convinced that the cost very well would be justified in the right circumstances. According to Cambium:
- Some of these links are deployed in extremely remote areas where travel would be difficult and time-consuming. Sending an extra person just to align the antenna could cost them a day out of the office every 30 days for every positioner deployed.
- For emergency response and disaster recovery there isn’t always room to take along someone else in the vehicle to perform this function.
- In some cases (Border Patrol and Dept. of Defense applications, for example) there is danger to the personnel on-site. So each additional person requires extra security, and adds extra risk to the mission.
The Positioner looks pretty sweet, and I can see it earning it’s keep on the Cambium bridges that it’s compatible with (PTP 650, PTP 700, PTP 450i and PMP 450i).
Read more in the press release above, or at the Positioner’s product page.
Related- I had the pleasure of meeting Cambium’s staff in person, at Wireless Field Day 8. See their presentations here.
I was not compensated by Cambium in any way for this blog- I just think the Quick Deploy Positioner happens to be a slick bit of kit, baby.
Filed under: Point-to-Point Bridging, Wireless Networking Tagged: #WFD8, Cambium Networks, Quick Deploy Positioner, Wireless Bridging, Wireless Field Day 8, WLAN
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