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a 60GHz Gigabit Ethernet radio.

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Secure High Bandwidth Point-to-Point Radio Links

Bridgewave® radios offer full duplex Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet point-to-point wireless links while providing superior interference immunity and data security.  Bridgewave offers a virtual fiber substitute for fiber optic cables.  The radios can be deployed and redeployed quickly and often at a substantial cost savings.

Bridgewave point-to-point wireless technology requires line-of-site between endpoints.  Transceivers can be mounted on top of a building or on a tower.  If engineered properly, the links can provide the fiber standard of 99.999% availability, which translates into less than 6 minutes per year of service interruption.

Applications:

Customers can purchase the equipment, lease the equipment, or contract for service (no purchase or lease required).

Price Range for Radio Links

A pair of radios capable of linking buildings 8 miles apart with full duplex 330mbps bandwidth costs as little at $14,000. &thinspHardware warranty and technical support costs $800 per year.  Full duplex Gigabit Radios can link buildings 3 miles apart for as little at $33,000 and $3,400 for annual hardware warranty and technical support.  The pricing often compares very favorably to the costs for lower bandwidth leased lines from carriers.

The costs given above are for the radios and support alone.  Installation costs, which will vary from site to site, are extra.   Your project costs will be determined subsequent to a site survey.

The installation costs include: mounting hardware, data and power cabling, weather proof NEMA enclosures for data and power cable terminations, conduit, labor, alignment and testing, lightning shunts, and radio management review with customer.

Qualifying a Point-to-Point Solution

  1. Line of Sight is an absolute requirement.  If we cannot achieve line-of-sight, the radio links won't work.
  2. The radios have different effective link distances depending on frequency used and size of the antennae.  It is important to start the consideration with end point information such as physical addresses or latitude and longitude of the end points.  If you can provide end point information, we can calculate the link distance, select an appropriate pair of radios, and determine the expected link availability as measured in minutes of cumulative uptime or downtime per year.
  3. Compare the cost of the radio link versus alternate point-to-point solutions.  A radio link makes sense if it is less costly or provides greater bandwidth or both.  Also consider your costs in subsequent years.  With the radio links, you only pay for technical support and extended warranty.  If you are considering a leased point-to-point from a carrier, what will your carrier service cost you in subsequent years?